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Make an Extreme
Cold Sleeping Pad
R-10 Warmth
Good for -30˚F or so
$15 in materials
30 minutes to make
Flat sleeping surfa...
The
Pad in
Action….
What We Need
• Tape measures
• Sharpie markers
• Long straight edges
• Box cutters with new, sharp blades
• EPS foam board...
Step 1
Calculate how many panels you’ll need.
Each panel 12” x 24”.
One 4x8 sheet makes 16 panels.
Each pad needs 5 or 6 p...
Steps 2-3
Place foam board on clean, flat surface.
Measure and mark 3 spots for each line.
Step 4
Using a straight edge, draw very
straight lines.
Step 5
Cut along each line, scoring the foam
~inch deep in one straight, clean cut.
Do not cut from both sides.
Step 6
With equal pressure along the entire
overhang, press down to cleanly snap foam.
Many hands
press down to
snap
Many ...
Step 7
Make stacks of 5 or 6 panels for one pad.
Step 8
Tape opposing edges together.
Tape both sides.
Press tape down hard.
Step 9
Trim 6” corners off top and bottom panels.
Step 10
Cut ~3' elastic cords. Tie a water-knot
to create a loop.
Step 11
Write last name on multiple sides.
Test
Add a soft pad
Use your summer-weight foam or self-
inflating pad for comfort. Do not use a
air mattress.
Umm… you might want a pad
and a sleeping bag….
Oh well. Sleep well Scout.
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Diy sleeping pad, eps accordian, 27mar15

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The warmest (R-10), lowest cost ($15), most comfortable (flat), and easy to make winter sleeping pad around, but being accordion style its quite bulky and needs a foam or self-inflating mattress atop for softness. Great for a 1-hour Boy Scout Troop meeting.

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Diy sleeping pad, eps accordian, 27mar15

  1. 1. Make an Extreme Cold Sleeping Pad R-10 Warmth Good for -30˚F or so $15 in materials 30 minutes to make Flat sleeping surface Waterproof Simple Kevin Sweere Troop 68 Beavercreek, OH
  2. 2. The Pad in Action….
  3. 3. What We Need • Tape measures • Sharpie markers • Long straight edges • Box cutters with new, sharp blades • EPS foam boards from Home Depot / Lowes, 4’x8’x2” • Duct tape rolls • Elastic string or tape • First aid kit • Trash Bags • Scouts in Teams for each step
  4. 4. Step 1 Calculate how many panels you’ll need. Each panel 12” x 24”. One 4x8 sheet makes 16 panels. Each pad needs 5 or 6 panels.
  5. 5. Steps 2-3 Place foam board on clean, flat surface. Measure and mark 3 spots for each line.
  6. 6. Step 4 Using a straight edge, draw very straight lines.
  7. 7. Step 5 Cut along each line, scoring the foam ~inch deep in one straight, clean cut. Do not cut from both sides.
  8. 8. Step 6 With equal pressure along the entire overhang, press down to cleanly snap foam. Many hands press down to snap Many hands press down to hold Floor
  9. 9. Step 7 Make stacks of 5 or 6 panels for one pad.
  10. 10. Step 8 Tape opposing edges together. Tape both sides. Press tape down hard.
  11. 11. Step 9 Trim 6” corners off top and bottom panels.
  12. 12. Step 10 Cut ~3' elastic cords. Tie a water-knot to create a loop.
  13. 13. Step 11 Write last name on multiple sides.
  14. 14. Test
  15. 15. Add a soft pad Use your summer-weight foam or self- inflating pad for comfort. Do not use a air mattress.
  16. 16. Umm… you might want a pad and a sleeping bag…. Oh well. Sleep well Scout.

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