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#5771943 - 06/03/15 10:16 AM Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds?
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My son is headed off to college this fall so I will not have a helper most of the time.

I'm looking to build a blind as light as possible without using a tent. I'm thinking sheet metal would be easiest to work with for a one off deal. I think I can get it pre cut with window and door cut outs, Galvalume any color I want, so not painting. I'm looking use 2x2's in all four corners, as well as (2) horizontally for Deerview windows, and around the door. I'm thinking I will also make it so I can break it down to move it, so actually I will have two 2x2's in the corners.

Let me know if you have similar experience and/or recommendations.
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#5771981 - 06/03/15 10:33 AM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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I did something very similar with mine. Same framing only I used coragated tin. I did 4x6 and the blind can be moved with two guys in and out of a pickup or Ranger. My oldest is ten years now and the paint is slightly faded but other than that it's in the same shape as the day I put it out.
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#5773449 - 06/04/15 06:55 AM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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Last one I did I used vinyl house siding. It doesn't get as hot as a metal structure and still pretty light.
http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/5208956/New_deer_stand_covering#Post5208956
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#5773457 - 06/04/15 06:59 AM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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R panel, or corrugated tin will be stronger, more rigid
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#5773662 - 06/04/15 09:25 AM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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Tpyically your panels are made from "E" Grade coils, and your sheetmetal or trim is made from "D" Grade coils. "D" grade coils are a softer material than the "E" Grade coils. Both will stand up to time, but panels ("E" Grade) wont dent / bend as easily.

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#5809538 - 06/28/15 10:27 PM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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So for those that put their blinds together in the field do you caulk them up real heavy? And if you do does that make it too much of a hassle to move it around by breaking it down?
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#5809817 - 06/29/15 09:16 AM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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You could try using a weather stripping at the tear down joints. I caulk my permanent blind to be bug and weather tight, should still be the same for yours I would think.
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#5809889 - 06/29/15 10:04 AM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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Use inside closures if you want to seal off the ribs. They are pretty cheap, last time I looked, I believe my dad sold them for .80/ea.

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#5810840 - 06/29/15 08:59 PM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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I built mine using 2x2's for the frame, corners, top-bottom plate, top-bottom of window, exterior 1/2" plywood, painted inside & out two coats exterior paint. Take down on 6 & 8' stand. I'm 65 and do all by my self. Roof is 2x2 frame, 5/8 plywood with rubber material over.

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#5815796 - 07/02/15 11:14 PM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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Originally Posted By: Mathp
So for those that put their blinds together in the field do you caulk them up real heavy? And if you do does that make it too much of a hassle to move it around by breaking it down?


I have converted to a different train of thought. After years of fighting wasps, we noticed that the less air-tight the blind was, the fewer wasp problems we had. On the last couple of blinds that I built, I used R-Panels on the roof with NO closures. I also made no special effort to seal up all of the gaps/spaces that were created by the design. It provides just enough draft to make the wasps uncomfortable. We have a few in those blinds at the beginning of the year, but nothing like our attempts at "wasp proof" blinds.

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#5839771 - 07/20/15 02:04 PM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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I use The Blynd 4x4. It is so simple to deal with. mine weighs 63 lbs and is very comfortable since there is room to stand & stretch.

A pest-strip keeps the bugs out during the off season. And, a bug bomb on the season start up takes care of everything in between.
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#5840089 - 07/20/15 05:03 PM Re: Sheet metal vs R Panel for blinds? [Re: Mathp]
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Use r panel or u panel the sheet metal will require more braces if you use the typical stuff they make edge metal out of its really flimsy. I have one made out of the sheet metal and when the wind blows it pops.

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