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PostPosted: September 23rd, 2017, 10:18 am 
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Hey folks, I was just over at World of Maps here in Ottawa and all they have is the standard black expandable ones - which in a pinch will work since my maps tend to be waterproof. At least for canoeing.

But I'm looking for something smaller and lighter weight that is waterproof (therefore probably not expandable) that would also be suitable for self contained backpacking.

Is there anything out there like this?


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PostPosted: September 24th, 2017, 8:19 pm 
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Aluminum fishing pole case with a screw on lid? For a breakdown pole. Might something like that work?

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PostPosted: September 24th, 2017, 11:00 pm 
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Plumbing ABS pipe and fittings?


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PostPosted: September 25th, 2017, 1:33 pm 
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I too had thought of a DIY ABS pipe.

How big are your maps? At a welding supply shop you can get tubes for rods that are airtight.

Also why not fold the maps? Use a map case, readily available.

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PostPosted: September 25th, 2017, 10:41 pm 
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Don't store them at home in old Christmas wrapping paper cardboard tubes. Unless you label them.
I lost some nice topo's that way.


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PostPosted: September 30th, 2017, 12:09 pm 
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These are two that I made. The smaller is simple sink drain material and fittings from a hardware store. The larger is from a scrap piece of 25mm tubing a plumber friend had leftover from an installation. I had to buy the fittings from a store.

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PostPosted: September 30th, 2017, 12:13 pm 
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Tried to add a photo but failed. Not sure where I am going wrong on this

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PostPosted: September 30th, 2017, 3:24 pm 
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Sign up for an account on Imgur and post them there, and just post a link here. Would love to see what you have.


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PostPosted: September 30th, 2017, 3:29 pm 
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Open_water wrote:
Tried to add a photo but failed. Not sure where I am going wrong on this


It's a two step process, after you upload the image you have to place it inline within your post.

If the upload fails it's usually because the image is too large, sometimes you will get an error message even if it does upload ok but you can still place it within your post.

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PostPosted: October 1st, 2017, 10:32 am 
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again


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PostPosted: October 1st, 2017, 10:34 am 
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OK cool that's exactly what I had in mind - thanks


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PostPosted: October 4th, 2017, 8:17 pm 
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OK I went to home depot and they did not have a big selection of PVC fittings and definitely no end cleanouts smaller than 3" so I had to go with ABS. I don't like the idea of ABS because I just have it in my head that it is dirtier but maybe that is not the case. It always seems to be really dirty in the store. I cannot even find PVC fittings on any of the major websites like Canadian Tire and Rona.

Anyway the ABS was 2" diameter and came in 3' pre-cut length which looked good at the time but now seems too long after I put it all together. Though the map I have now is close to 3 feet long I'll have to measure. Maybe I could get away with slightly less than 3 feet.


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PostPosted: October 4th, 2017, 8:24 pm 
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Yeah so map is 28 inches - I'm going to make another one that is 8 inches shorter


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PostPosted: October 4th, 2017, 8:30 pm 
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[img width=800]https://i.imgur.com/drkdsLP.jpg[/img]

Well I can't figure out how to link an image from Imgur ...

https://imgur.com/drkdsLP


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PostPosted: October 9th, 2017, 1:38 pm 
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I'm curious! Why use a tube rather than a map case?

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