Thanks, I was setting the stand first and then running the lines out to the stakes. Just didn't think to do it the other way. I know it holds because I have got it set before but I was not able to get consistancy out of the set-up
QUOTE=Alamosa;809710]May fit better in the stake boom thread, but a couple of suggestions I would make:
1) I would guess that you want to lengthen your guy-lines. With shorter lines and sharper angles at the connection with the pole, the force on the boom gets much higher and the angle is more pulling up than through the boom to the stake. 45* at the top of the poles is a minimum. 60* is better.
2) Set your booms first and then let the guy-lines establish the position of the pole(s). This will allow you to make sure both lines are equally tight. With a little practice you will be able to set one end, step off to the stake position on the other and end up with the proper spacing.[/QUOTE]