Keep Your Truck Tailgate Clear With a Simple Gravel Shield - Fine Homebuilding

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Theres a Better Way


Keep Your Truck Tailgate Clear With a Simple Gravel Shield

comments (3) April 28th, 2011 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large


Produced by: John Ross


A better way to keep gravel from getting between between your pickup's bed and tailgate

If you have a project that needs a load of gravel, sand, or stone dust, you’re probably going to shovel it out of the back of your truck bed. You could let the gravel fill up the trough and pick out the gravel pieces one by one before you close the tailgate, but there’s a better way.


Further Resources

What's the Difference: Driveway surfacing materials

A money-saving tip for protecting your truck bed

A sliding dump bed makes unloading gravel fast and easy


This is a tip from Clyde Kennedy from Rushville, OH. Clyde has figured out a simple way to avoid that problem.  

Keep a strip of aluminum flashing as wide as your truck's tailgate under your bed liner. When it's time to unload the bed, slide the aluminum out over the gap between the bed and the tailgate. That way when you’re scraping gravel out, none of it gets in the trough. Empty the gravel, push the aluminum flashing back in place, handy storage, bed closed, job done.


That’s a great tip Clyde, thanks.



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Comments (3)

casadia casadia writes: Good idea Chuck. However, if you were to fill the truck box with gravel or any other material, you might have an issue pulling the metal sheet out from under the bed liner.

I would like to hear your follow-up.
Posted: 10:23 pm on October 15th

kwhit190211 kwhit190211 writes: I thought about disconnecting the tailgate too. But, the flashing method is easier than trying to take the gate off & putting it on again.
Posted: 10:49 am on May 2nd

vince8 vince8 writes: that is a good tip... however why not just un-hook the tail gate, put it back on when done.
Posted: 7:12 am on May 2nd

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