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    I need some large foam boarding to box in a growing area (grow rack) so that light won't get out. I use some smaller foam boarding I got at Staples to cover the fronts of my smaller terrariums, but they don't sell anything over 48 inches tall. I need something at least 4 or 5 feet tall.

    Anyone have any suggestions as to who would sell this stuff?

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    my parents have been doing a ton of renovating lately...I just asked my stepmom and she said that Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. have large sheets of foam designed for use as insulation for houses. apparently they're "not cheap", but sounds like they're what you're looking for.


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    Regular ol' foam core/foam board can be found at hobby shops and office supply stores. Ben Franklin craft store carries it in a certain size. If you want larger, they can cut you a piece in the frame department but it will cost you an arm and a leg.
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    Thanks for the info guys.

    Presto: Would you mind asking your stepmom exactly what "not cheap" is? It seems that's the kind of stuff I'm looking for, so even if it cost a bit more than I would like to pay, it might still be worth it.

    Also, do you guys have any other ideas? Foam is my first choice, but I'm sure something else could work too. I just need the light to be boxed in.

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    Try poking around on Froogle. I saw a headline for 40"x60" on there, not sure if it's precisely the kind you want but the internet is always a good place to look. You could also just join some smaller pieces with a waterproof glue like polyurethane or hard silicon epoxy. If you do end up ordering big solid pieces off the internet, shipping will likely be expensive because of the unusual shape of the package.
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    How about cutting up a card board box and wrap it with aluminum foil that is what I did. I have a metal 5 shelve rack. Looks pretty getto but it works really well.

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    Thanks again everyone for the replies. Piecing together smaller pieces of cardboard sounds like my best bet. Perhaps I'll try that.

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    Those 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of foam insulation at home depot aren't too spendy, it really just depends upon how thick you want it. The 1/2" thickness is cheaper than the 4" thickness. I buy the stuff to use as armatures on oversized/lifesize sculptures and props. Anyone trying THAT will wanna get the blue stuff not the pink (clay sticks to the blue but not the pink) but for blocking light or actually using it as insulation, it won't make a difference which color. It's not so spendy, just go take a look I think the 4" thick sheets at home depot were about $10 each.

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