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    kurteous : Thanks! I actually happen to have some...

    kurteous : Thanks! I actually happen to have some titanium split rings I could use for this... will have to check for sharp corners/edges.

    Primal Hiker: Hmm. I figured the point of the shock cord...
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    Tarp tie-outs question

    So I sewed grosgrain tie-outs on my first tarp without any hardware, and now I'd like to try some hardware on there, even if just to reduce abrasion on the ribbon.

    I could cut the ribbon loops in...
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    Perfect! Thanks Kyle!

    Perfect! Thanks Kyle!
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    Seeing as Silpoly v2 has "fixed" the seam sealing...

    Seeing as Silpoly v2 has "fixed" the seam sealing issue, does this mean I can use the tube of Permatex flowable silicone I bought a while back to seal my upcoming silpoly v2.0 tarp?
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    Awesome, thanks Dutch!

    Awesome, thanks Dutch!
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    Adjustable ridgeline question

    Does anyone happen to know what length(s) the whoopie adjustable ridgeline Dutch sells is adjustable to? I couldn't find any mention of it on the dutchwaregear site or in the forums.

    I can splice,...
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    Thanks for the replies! Looks like I will be...

    Thanks for the replies! Looks like I will be making a straight cut tarp too.
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    Does a silpoly tarp need cat cuts?

    Since silpoly is (presumably) lower stretch than silnylon, can I get away without cat cuts? Just a 12x10 (roughly) rectangular tarp?

    I'm liking what I'm reading about silpoly so far, so I had some...
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    Yeesh. So I removed the "bad" portion of the...

    Yeesh.

    So I removed the "bad" portion of the seam (going to have a good bit of extra seam sealing to do when this is done), but then I was having trouble getting my sewing machine to work...
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    About 2 or 3 feet... it's kind of daunting. The...

    About 2 or 3 feet... it's kind of daunting. The seam cutter/puller/ripper thing I have has a broken tip too, so it would be easy to push through the sil by accident. I'm going to dig around and see...
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    Okay, so I measured the stitches and they are...

    Okay, so I measured the stitches and they are 12.5 stitches per inch. The next longer setting is 6 stitches per inch. Other settings on my machine are zigzags and buttonholes... No other straight...
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    Thanks again folks. I will measure and possibly...

    Thanks again folks. I will measure and possibly recut/restitch when I get home.
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    Ironfish: thanks. One stitch per inch seems...

    Ironfish: thanks. One stitch per inch seems incredibly long compared to what I have... I estimate my stitches are one every couple millimeters or so. I do have a tarptent... maybe I should have...
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    Thanks for the advice ironfish! What stitch...

    Thanks for the advice ironfish! What stitch length do you use? I am concerned about weakening the cloth, as my stitches look awfully close together.
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    Also, what stitch length do you guys use? And...

    Also, what stitch length do you guys use? And just a straight stitch or a zigzag? I'm using the straight stitch "B2" setting on my Pfaff Hobby, but they seem awfully close together. I'll try to take...
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    Thanks guys. I will rip that part of the seam and...

    Thanks guys. I will rip that part of the seam and do it again.

    Darn... You guys just couldn't give me an excuse to be lazy huh? Haha
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    So I started sewing my silnylon tarp....

    I was doing just fine and dandy until about 3 feet from the end; somehow some of the lower layer got folded underneath and I didn't notice for about 2 feet. It's not a total catastrophe, because I...
  18. Another necro post, for those who want a bead but...

    Another necro post, for those who want a bead but don't think that far ahead (like me), I cinch down a small zip tie around the Amsteel on the adjustable loop side. Cut off the tail with a knife or...
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    Haha. I don't know why I assumed you might not be...

    Haha. I don't know why I assumed you might not be able to splice a loop, sorry. If you like, I'll mail you a few by way of apology :laugh:
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    Great stuff gunner! One thing that I would add;...

    Great stuff gunner! One thing that I would add; amsteel is super slippery, and people say that it isn't recommended to use knots in it for any kind of load bearing application. It may be overkill,...
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    Also wgiles, where did you get 65" wide sil? All...

    Also wgiles, where did you get 65" wide sil? All the sources I've found have been 60".
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    Thanks! I'm fond of thought exercises; time will...

    Thanks! I'm fond of thought exercises; time will tell if I ever get the time and energy together enough to put any of them into action :lol: I'm completely new to this, aside from a lot of...
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    Hi folks, Thanks for all the replies. I...

    Hi folks,

    Thanks for all the replies. I already placed an order for 7 yards of 60" wide (58-59" after the selvage is removed) silnylon, so the maximum dimensions would be something like 10' by...
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    craige: Thanks! I've looked at...

    craige: Thanks! I've looked at diygearsupply.com's patterns and they are awesome, but I'm specifically aiming for a square tarp for the flexibility.... tarp camping, sun shades, emergency bivy, and...
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    Thanks guys! This is perfect. Hmmm... I may be...

    Thanks guys! This is perfect. Hmmm... I may be able to get away with an 8x8 or 8.5x8.5' tarp!
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    DIY silnylon tarp size questions

    So, I recently sewed a simple single layer argon 1.6 hammock. It is super comfy, works perfectly for what it is, and with suspension and all comes in at way, way less weight than my ENO DN :laugh:
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  27. Thanks everyone for the advice!! I am away from...

    Thanks everyone for the advice!! I am away from home for the weekend but will start taking apart the machine for a good cleaning and oiling when I get home and report back with the results :D
  28. I personally haven't, but my mom (the real sewing...

    I personally haven't, but my mom (the real sewing expert) said she did before she handed it down to me. Once the machine gets going I don't notice anything "sticky" or gummy about it, and when I...
  29. It's an older machine... a hand-me-down.

    It's an older machine... a hand-me-down.
  30. Sewing machine "whining" and starts suddenly

    So I'm wondering if this is a fixable issue with my sewing machine, or if I shouldn't have sold the old Singer I had :(

    I have an entry level Pfaff Hobby sewing machine, and when I go to start a...
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    Thanks for the advice, I'll do that! I did have...

    Thanks for the advice, I'll do that! I did have one question though... How do you folks lock the stitches at the beginning and end of a stitch? I've just been reversing and going back and forth over...
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    Thanks ironfish. I am not super tall, so I have a...

    Thanks ironfish. I am not super tall, so I have a good bit of surplus material left from the 4 yards of fabric I ordered. I spent last night making a few stuff sacks and worked my way up to sewing my...
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    Thank you opie! I do indeed have Mara 70. Going...

    Thank you opie! I do indeed have Mara 70. Going to the store to pick up the right before now. Cheers!
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    Diy (argon 1.6) hammock questions

    I am working on my first diy hammock, and picked up 4yards of argon 1.6 from Dutch. I had a few questions newbie questions because I don't want to mess this up!

    1) what size needle do I use? I...
  35. Hi bushwhacker, sorry, should have mentioned. It...

    Hi bushwhacker, sorry, should have mentioned. It is 7/64 Amsteel.
  36. Whoopie ridgeline constantly under tension; should I be concerned?

    So here's the situation. I have a Byer Vario hammock stand, one of these guys (http://www.amazon.com/Byer-Maine-A4035-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B00092M27I).

    I decided to "upgrade" my office...
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    Hawk-eye: Hah, do you go to Wuhan often? Yup,...

    Hawk-eye: Hah, do you go to Wuhan often?

    Yup, it was in the mid-afternoon on a weekday, so it was pretty empty and peaceful. The later pictures were taken late at night, so again not very many...
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    Hi PapaSmurf, For end channel hammocks I...

    Hi PapaSmurf,

    For end channel hammocks I generally run a continuous loop through the end channel, and larkshead it; for some reason I feel like this would put more strain on the stitching than a...
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    Seeking advice on end channels

    So I've made a few tablecloth hammocks, either whipping or with the Knotty mod, and I think out of all the types I've tried I find the end channels on my ENO the most comfortable, not to mention the...
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    Hawk-eye: Wuhan. More specifically, it is on the...

    Hawk-eye: Wuhan. More specifically, it is on the Wuchang side, looking towards the Hankou side of Wuhan.
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    Hanging on the Yangtze

    I was in central China last week, visiting my wife and our friends. In the spirit of introducing hammocking to my friends and family over there, and thanks to the knowledge gained over the past year...
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    Thanks guys! That's some food for thought for...

    Thanks guys! That's some food for thought for sure. I think I'm going to shelve this for a while as it seems it doesn't have any real advantages over a regular whoopie. I think I'll make some...
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    Odd variant on a soft shackle

    Following on the excess of splicing and knotting I did this weekend, I started thinking about the potential of a variation on the soft shackle, where one or both of the tails are excessively long and...
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    Hey, I'm from sd too! Haven't been camping with...

    Hey, I'm from sd too! Haven't been camping with my hammock yet, but some fun places for "public" afternoon hangs:

    Balboa Park near the public pool and tennis courts, there are two trees kind of...
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    Brainstorming here... do they make cordlocks big...

    Brainstorming here... do they make cordlocks big enough for amsteel? If so, unless I'm missing something you could just put one over the end of the whoopie, and snug it up against the msh.
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    Thanks for the advice, folks. Luckily there is...

    Thanks for the advice, folks. Luckily there is already a manual; I'll look into the lubricant situation too.
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    She's never used this one actually (it was a...

    She's never used this one actually (it was a hand-me-down from a friend), and she lives in a different city. I'm fine with learning on my own, just wondering if there are any quirks of this...
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    Just got a sewing machine!

    Well my mom had a spare laying around,so now it's sitting in my spare room. It's. A Pfaff Hobby 1016, and I realized I don't know anything about sewing machines.

    It has a needle, I ordered some...
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    Along this line of thought, I am a big fan of...

    Along this line of thought, I am a big fan of EPIRBs if hiking alone in remote areas (though expensive and fairly heavy). There is nothing else you can carry that can get your butt out of a bad...
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    Thanks for all the help, folks. Although I...

    Thanks for all the help, folks.

    Although I love DIY stuff, the speer pipe stand proved to be a little out of budget for me, and I wasn't sure of the tolerances regarding where I could economize.
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