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    Farwell, My Friends

    Hey Gang,

    It has been a long strange trip. I have made many new friends along the way. I thought I had a good thing going, but all good things must come to an end. As I move forward into the...
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    Thank you very much for your thoughtful and...

    Thank you very much for your thoughtful and insightful input. As you, if the cat tails dont suit the task, shake 'em out and pluck some geese.

    Cheers
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    When I designed this thing there were a couple of...

    When I designed this thing there were a couple of points that I had in the back of my mind which I hoped would minimize (to the extent possible) the risk of condensation:

    Point 1. It bears...
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    Totally awesome cool, man! Spread the word.

    Totally awesome cool, man! Spread the word.
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    Nothing to it. Glad I could help spread the word.

    Nothing to it. Glad I could help spread the word.
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    Hey, everyone's opinion is greatly appreciated,...

    Hey, everyone's opinion is greatly appreciated, regardless of which side of the fence you reside.

    many thanks to all.
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    Video: The Cheap Bug Net

    Hey Gang,

    I put pieced together a wee video of the Bug Net I put together for the Mid Missouri Bush Whack adventure. Sorry again about the horrific video quality, but what do you expect from a...
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    THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! Many Thanks. ...

    THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!

    Many Thanks.

    Cheers
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    They are rock solid, baby!

    They are rock solid, baby!
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    Gad Zooks Fellows! "The dirty dealer meant...

    Gad Zooks Fellows!

    "The dirty dealer meant no harm."

    I too am a firm proponent of Leave No Trace. That is why I chose hammock camping, and why only cook with an alky stove, and why I carry...
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    Cat tail down insulation: anyone?

    Hey Gang,

    I am thinking of making a TQ using cat tail down in place of goose down insulation. Has anyone tried this, or have some knowledge of this type of application? What can I say, I'm too...
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    Cat tail down insulation: anyone?

    Hey Gang,

    I am thinking about trying to make a TQ using cat tail down for insulation in place of goose down. There is a pond near where I live that is loaded with the buggers. Because I'm such a...
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    Sticky: Hey Gang, I did a short video on this subject....

    Hey Gang,

    I did a short video on this subject. I apologize for some of the loose language and the shockingly poor video quality. What can I say, I'm just a cheap *******.
    ...
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    Well my friend, ti's a sad state of affairs...

    Well my friend, ti's a sad state of affairs indeed. But I would rather light a candle than curse your darkness.

    I see that you have chosen to air your lament on the DIY forum. Just a little...
  15. Beautiful workmanship, Red. How does she fair as...

    Beautiful workmanship, Red. How does she fair as the wind inches its way up the Beaufort scale?
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    Video: Primer on DIY Silnylon for Tarps

    Hey Gang,

    I put together a little video primer of sorts for anyone who might be curious about how to make their own silnylon. Unfortunately, after I did the video I thought of all sorts of things...
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    it does work just fine without the tension, but...

    it does work just fine without the tension, but it looks nicer with.
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    Hey Mike, One more point worth noting is that...

    Hey Mike,

    One more point worth noting is that the TQ King Tut v2.0 has more air pockets built in it, and the UQ that I used on Mount Royal has also been upgraded by increasing its overall...
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    I ordered from backwoodsdaydreamer.com. Great...

    I ordered from backwoodsdaydreamer.com. Great price, and great service. Scott is a forum member as well. Nothing but good things to say about that.

    Cheers
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    First Annual Mid Missouri Bush Whack

    Last week I drove down to Missouri for a three day bush whacking adventure with my son and his friends who wanted to celebrate their high school graduation. I was pretty busy getting set for the...
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    It may be difficult to accurately asses, as I...

    It may be difficult to accurately asses, as I never tried one consisting of longitudinal pleats alone. From a logical perspective, it would be reasonable to assume that by facing opposing...
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    Hey Mike, I was wearing a pair of jeans, a...

    Hey Mike,

    I was wearing a pair of jeans, a polar fleece shirt, and one pair of wool socks (no long underwear that day). I had intended to wrap my down jacket around my feet but found that it was...
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    Hey, it's like American Express: Don't leave home...

    Hey, it's like American Express: Don't leave home without it!
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    That particular UQ is only a week old, so the...

    That particular UQ is only a week old, so the lowest night time temp so far was 65F. I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts (no socks). I didn't need the TQ at all. I tend to be what they call a "warm...
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    Say Red, I borrowed an idea of yours (pleats...

    Say Red,

    I borrowed an idea of yours (pleats sewn in to the IX) and expanded on it for making a top quilt. My current version is called the King Tut v2.0. Really great idea, and the TQ is a barn...
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    I ordered from Scott at Backwoods Day Dreamer. I...

    I ordered from Scott at Backwoods Day Dreamer. I forget how much it cost per yard - something like 6.00 or 6.25. Scott is a forum member and he provides super fast delivery, even here in CANADA...
  27. Ditto what Knotty said. All my gear is DIY. ...

    Ditto what Knotty said.

    All my gear is DIY. In my opinion, simple is better - fewer things to foul up. No attached net and definitely no zippers. Easy in, easy out, easy UQ adjustment.
    Sweet!
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    Suffice it to say that I was an idiot in thinking...

    Suffice it to say that I was an idiot in thinking that I could get by without the net. Fortunately I had a bunch of materials with me in my supply box because I needed to make a few things for my...
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    The draw cord may be more of a psychological...

    The draw cord may be more of a psychological thing. I left the net wide open at the bottom and still had no problems. Ideally, the thing to do would be to put in very light shock cord with just a...
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    New Bug Net: Removable, No Zippers (Pics)

    Hey Gang,

    I found myself in a bit of a jamb last week because I forgot to bring a bug net with me for a three day mid Missouri Bush Whack. I had some spare material in my supply box and was able...
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    Reactor UQ: Double Layer IX w/ Mylar Pics

    Hey gang,

    I just finished constructing a two layer IX under-quilt. The finished dimensions are 44W X 60L. This one is unique, I think, because I inserted a layer of reflective Mylar between the...
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    You might want to look at the pics for the...

    You might want to look at the pics for the Reactor UQ that I made as well. It is a double layer IX with a reflective Mylar sheet in the middle. The top layer of IX is 42 X 60 inches, the bottom...
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    Synthetic Top-Quilt: King Tut v2.0

    Hey gang,

    A while back I took a stab at making a synthetic TQ using IX insulation. Recently I finished a second version of this which I think is even better.
    The King Tut v2.0 is a double layer...
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    The bug net was something i whipped up at the...

    The bug net was something i whipped up at the last minute. It has a draw cord and cord lock in the bottom. Shock cord would work just as well, but there was the issue of expense, material...
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    It depends on a number of factors: 1. what is...

    It depends on a number of factors:
    1. what is the ambient temperature? obviously with warmer temperatures you may experience some moisture issues. this is easily resolved by opening up the end...
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    Synthetic Top-Quilt: King Tut v2.0

    Hey gang,

    A while back I took a stab at making a synthetic TQ using IX insulation. Recently I finished a second version of this which I think is even better.
    The King Tut v2.0 is a double layer...
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    The Mylar does not extend the full length of the...

    The Mylar does not extend the full length of the UQ. It is short by 5 inches at each end. There are two reasons for this: 1. I did not want to have to sew any pleats in the material (as I thought...
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    4S Man Cave Tarp & Bug Net

    Hey gang,

    Fresh off of the assembly line: a new 4 season camo tarp with doors! This one is quite large - 11 feet by 13 feet. I did the DIY silnylon with this as well. Lots of rain and high...
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    Reactor UQ Complete

    Hey gang,

    I just finished constructing a two layer IX under-quilt. The finished dimenstions are 44W X 60L. This one is unique, I think, because I inserted a layer of reflective Mylar between the...
  40. Many thanks for the suspension info for the UQ. ...

    Many thanks for the suspension info for the UQ. The 4 point suspension (versus a 2 point) solution has solved the problem I experienced on the foot end withe my first DIY synthetic UQ.

    I am...
  41. Thread: DIY Tarp Flyz

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    you're gonna have to do better than that, yank ;)...

    you're gonna have to do better than that, yank ;)

    what about using a nylon disk?
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    I love your idea, so I am stealing it. However,...

    I love your idea, so I am stealing it. However, I am making some minor changes: the central (support) section is nylon, with outer sections done in polyester mesh. Two simple prussics will hold the...
  43. Have you had a look at the Pea pod?

    Have you had a look at the Pea pod?
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    [QUOTE=Roadrunnr72;438128]This is by far my...

    [QUOTE=Roadrunnr72;438128]This is by far my biggest project to date!! I have made several hammocks, and 2 hammock stands, but they do NOT compare to this. The ridgeline is about 12', the bottom about...
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    Beautiful bit of work there! Best of luck with...

    Beautiful bit of work there! Best of luck with the tooth, as well. My dentist gave me Codine for a similar problem. You should never take codine on an empty stomach, but try eating when your mouth...
  46. Thread: Snakeskins???

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    I cain't live without'em for the tarp, but don't...

    I cain't live without'em for the tarp, but don't see the necessity for the hammock (yet).

    They are a snap to make with either mesh or nylon, take yer pick. The last set I made took 20 minutes and...
  47. Thread: Ix Tq ?

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    me too!, all the way to the channel

    me too!, all the way to the channel
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    Get a sewing machine and make one, forchrissake. ...

    Get a sewing machine and make one, forchrissake. Down or synthetic, take your pick. It's easy, it's fun, its cheap. The satisfaction of making one yourself is priceless

    Oh my god, it's...
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    Ditto what Chickenwing says: IX is a breeze to...

    Ditto what Chickenwing says: IX is a breeze to work with. I just finished a double layer "French Toast" IX TQ. It's fantastic! It has survived the brutality tests that I have put it through with...
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    I suppose the type of foot box you choose would...

    I suppose the type of foot box you choose would be dependent upon a number of variables. For instance:

    Is your TQ down, or synthetic? Goose down holds a lot of air, but "breaths" better than...
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