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  1. #11
    New Member
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    Aug 2008
    DIY Speer
    Whoopie slings
    Quote Originally Posted by koaloha05 View Post
    BeanBaxter, thanks for the link. Site claims high loads, UV stable and tolerant to cold temps. Did you use the micro-tensioner on your tarp ridgeline. If so, was it windy? For the static load of just holding up the tarp the microtensioners seem to work fine.
    It wasn't too windy and I did use them on the ridgeline initially. That's the place where I found a weakness in the design.

    If the two lines from the bight aren't close to parallel, the tensioner can come loose. I was pretty close to the tree so the lines were more of a V shape and it didn't work so well.

    They were, however, stellar on the guy lines. I think they'd hold even better with some Amsteel Blue 7/64" but I'm going to wait until I graduate from the blue poly tarp before I use that stuff.

  2. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Bayview Township
    WB Blackbird & Traveler
    MC SpinntexDeLux
    To maintain a tightly held line in the cleat I attached the micro-tensioner (m-t) "backwards". Tied a double overhand knot about 6" from the hammock ends to arrest the m-t. The point of the m-t faces the tree. So the working end of the ridgeline comes back from the tree to the m-t. Tighten by pulling ridgeline toward the hammock. The drawback is the 10ft of line give you only ~5 working feet minus the line needed to wrap around the circumference of the tree. In most situations should have enough line.
    Noel V.

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