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post #21 of 37 Old 12-06-2012, 10:12 PM
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If you have them cut it with their panel saw, bring your own tape measure and mark exactly where you want the cut on the plywood. They should be able to set the saw to cut it exactly for you.
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I own a truck but people call meto pick up there stuff or use my truck. Oth ways work for me.

When I didn't have a truck I ordered from a place that delivered.
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If you have them cut it with their panel saw, bring your own tape measure and mark exactly where you want the cut on the plywood. They should be able to set the saw to cut it exactly for you.
The hardwood guys close to me require you to measure and mark before they cut on their panel saw if you want them to do any cuts.
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I have an Isuzu Rodeo and a pair of strap on bars for carrying cargo on the roof. I've had good luck carrying full sheets on the roof. However, if I'm not going to use the full size sheet, I always have Lowes cut them down for me. They do it for free and the cuts are always clean on correctly sized.

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Whatever you decide on. I would strongly advise against carrying on top of your vehicle. Unless of course you have a rack
built for the purpose like some shown in the thread. The easiest way is to have them cut it down for you. Just make sure
you give them clear direction on how you want it cut up.

Messing around with full 4X8 sheets of plywood is a royal PITA. Been there and done that.

Save yourself hassle and let them cut it down for you. First 6 cuts are free at the HD.
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Went to a place an hour away from my house, just because they cut 5' x 5' baltic sheets to smaller sizes to fit in my G sedan. I was dumb enough to think my table saw only cut up to 30", but that meant I could cut any size I wanted as the piece on the opposite size of the fence could be measured anyway I wanted to hahahaha, so i now go to a place only 20 minutes away from my house that doesn't cut the sheets and i just use my dad's suv with trailer!!
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Buy a little trailer from HF for around $200 and a hitch for your car for around $100. Cry once and be done with it. You'll get a lot of use out of it over the years.

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If you don't own a pickup truck, how do you get a sheet of plywood home? My next two projects call of sheets of plywood, but i'm a little unsure how i'm going to get it home.

I have a '05 Ford Escape with a luggage rack on top. I also have some of those ratcheting ties that you use to secure a motorcycle to a flat bed truck, but i'm not sure if this is the most practical way.

Lowes will rent you a truck for $20, but that seems expensive if i'm only buying two sheets of plywood. I don't really have the money to buy in bulk right now.

If anyone has suggestions, i'm open to hear them.
I have taken the racks off if I doubt they are up for the weight and tied sheets straight to the roof with a thick quilt on the roof and packing pillows at the front and rear widescreen. Using flat ties I have opened front and rear doors and strapped it all down to the roof thru the car. Closing the doors on the straps gives a little more tension on the straps.

I use extra straps to secure the blankets and pillows as I have not always asked my wife before removing them from our bed.

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I put it in my van , I've put it on my trucks ladder racks but the results sucked

I heard the straps just quivering I look at my helper with horror

Then silence broken up by an intense WTF to see my sheets sailing in the wind

In the high speed lane too reverse back pick up what's left as a trooper pulls up followed up by oh ****

I had just enough left over for what I needed
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I carried many a sheet on the roof

Car and SUV roofs aren't flat, nor are the roof depending on how many sheets and the thickness and the weight it can be done.
You have to allow for the curve by spacing it up off the rack like previously posted with a frame. OR if it's only a few sheets and they will bend slightly to conform to the roof shape, put a soft material in a roll under the front and back. like a kid's pool toy or other foam.
What's really important is the strap/rope or tie down to the front of the car! The air movement under the front at higher speeds will lift up the ply and send it off sailing down the road. It must be tight and secure, really pull on it and make knots so that they won't come loose. A ratchet tie down is best, but a secure hook on the front bumper will be hard to find, so you may have to get down underneath and find a cross member, OH WELL.

Side to side straps go under the door edge or in warm weather can go through the rear window openings. The rear tie down is best on a trailer hitch IF you have one. Again you will have to find a secure attachment point down under, watch for hot exhaust pipes and other parts that move under way.

I lost a whole bunch of 4 X 8 Melamine which is very slippery and wasn't tied down, from the bed of my pickup, when I accelerated too fast from a stop light in the inner city of Detroit. By the time I realized it the "locals" had been there and it was gone.

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That didn't happen to be near 7 mile and WOodward, by any chance would it?

I'm a newbie! My experience with 'woodworking' is cussing at clamps and getting glue all over everything.
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I agree with the idea of a cheap trailer. It would be hard to keep a sheet of plywood on the roof of a car and likely to damage the car doing it. You might also consider if the plywood blew off and caused an accident, you would be responsible.
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Not to mention how difficult it can be to manhandle a sheet of 3/4" ply up on the roof by yourself.

Put a trailer hitch on your SUV, then rent (or buy if you have room to store it) a small utility trailer. You will use it constantly for the rest of your life.
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I suppose the moral of the story is this: There are lots of things that you can do, but only a few that you should. If the distance is longer than a few miles and requires any significant speeds, it is probably best not to do anything risky.

On a related note, I did a short cross town move a few years back in and on a Chevrolet Malibu. We were moving out of our small apartment, so nothing was too big, heavy, or precious. Not brilliant in hindsight, but it worked.

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When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did in his
sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

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you don't know anyone that has a truck you can borrow? That is what I do, but if I had a car or truck that I could put a hitch on I would buy a HF trailer and do it that way. the HF trailers, are great for the money, the only comment I have heard on them is to upgrade the wheels to the 12 inch.
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My brother recently picked up an HF trailer just for this purpose and it works great, plus it comes in handy for a lot of other things.

Another option would be to check with local lumber yards and see if any do free delivery. I found one that still does free delivery - even for just a handful of 2x4s - so I have most things delivered to the house anymore and don't deal with HD or Lowes.
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