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  1. First Tarp Project . . . 1.1 Silpoly . . . 2 questions

    So, I'm getting ready to start my first DIY tarp project. This will be a backup tarp, mostly carried in my day bag for emergency shelter.

    It's nothing fancy. Roughly 9'x9' straight-up rectangle....
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    Like many others here, I tried the loofahs just...

    Like many others here, I tried the loofahs just long enough to determine that the idea is a good one, and that real skins would be better. Made some from window sheers, then transitioned to legit...
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    I followed Leiavoia's directions to make the...

    I followed Leiavoia's directions to make the excellent (IMHO) Gemini UQ, which involves no sewing (a plus for anyone as unskilled as I). Directions here:...
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    Update: I have since done some more sewing...

    Update:

    I have since done some more sewing (by hand) to make the two layers stay connected. Goodbye modularity, hello convenience and reliable coverage.
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    I found my way here because my new (three nights...

    I found my way here because my new (three nights used) Kelty Noah 12' leaked this weekend in a long, cold rain. Questions remaining to answer:
    1) Does flowable silicone work on PU-coated poly...
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    CDTs back in the store. . . ?

    Just a heads-up: I was at our local Costco today and saw they had CDTs back in stock. YMMV, but they're on hand in Montgomery, for now.
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    Much more elegant than my noob solution: draping...

    Much more elegant than my noob solution: draping stuff loose over the SRL, as if I were sleeping under a clothesline....
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    Or maybe multiple strips of flagging tape hanging...

    Or maybe multiple strips of flagging tape hanging perpendicular to the guyline, like the fringe on a buckskin jacket?
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    Yes it does. I'm 5'11" and 165#, and I'm able to...

    Yes it does. I'm 5'11" and 165#, and I'm able to lie in the hammock with my feet in the footbox, the the v-notch pulled up under my chin, and the "wings" wrapped around behind my shoulders. It's...
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    Exactly. In fact, my UQ is a Gemini. What an...

    Exactly. In fact, my UQ is a Gemini. What an elegant design that is!
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    That is a nice-looking piece of gear. Thanks for...

    That is a nice-looking piece of gear. Thanks for sharing.
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    More on this quilt here:...

    More on this quilt here: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/148944-Modular-2-layer-Costco-down-top-quilt
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    Great story, SP. Great under quilt. Here's...

    Great story, SP. Great under quilt. Here's wishing you and your mom good health and lots of time to enjoy it!
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    Modular 2-layer Costco down top quilt

    Here's my latest: a two-layer (or two one-layer) top quilt using two Costco down throws. It's based on an idea I got from blide, here:...
  15. Someone here posted a photo last summer of a...

    Someone here posted a photo last summer of a "lantern" made with a ping-pong ball and a single-LED thumb light. I made a few. They're awesome. I'd hang one of those from the ridgeline and think...
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    An old thread, but perfect for my purposes. I had...

    An old thread, but perfect for my purposes. I had just rejected the idea of making a Costco TQ by folding asymmetrically when I found this. Love what you've done here, blide!

    Mine will be modular...
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    Love that!

    Love that!
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    I have only hammock backpacked once, and didn't...

    I have only hammock backpacked once, and didn't bring any dogs, but back in the day we had a child's tent from Academy Sports for our GSD. At bedtime we'd tell him, Crate up, Thor, and he'd get in...
  19. +1 on the synthetic clothing. There is a special...

    +1 on the synthetic clothing. There is a special comfort in knowing one's wet clothing will dry on its own (in use) once the weather clears and one gets back to work. Tarps are a must. Extra clothes,...
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    Wow. Y'all are awesome. Lots of great suggestions...

    Wow. Y'all are awesome. Lots of great suggestions here, some of which I had to do some research just to figure out what you were saying ;). (I did say "noob," right?)

    Great idea to just Beckett...
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    Modding my DIY rig

    Energetic Noob here. My rig:

    DIY Hammock: 11.5' GE with milsurp ripstop nylon from Ebay.
    Suspension: modified "Phantom Grappler" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jGToqEU2-U). No hardware....
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    I bought a bottle of the stuff on Amazon...

    I bought a bottle of the stuff on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0048EY6KY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1) a couple of years ago, but never got around to using it. Started the...
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    Very impressive work! (And what a great campsite!)

    Very impressive work! (And what a great campsite!)
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    FastHamFreddy, welcome aboard . . . from a noob...

    FastHamFreddy, welcome aboard . . . from a noob in Montgomery.

    Like others have said, you'll probably want some kind of underquilt.

    Most of my hammock gear I made at home, so I feel...
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    Between this site and YouTube, you should be able...

    Between this site and YouTube, you should be able to find what info and instruction you need to make a good gathered-end hammock, a simple fronkey-style bugnet (if you need it) and a reliable...
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    Does this help? (I know it's been a while. . . .)...

    Does this help? (I know it's been a while. . . .)
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  27. Don't have a reliable scale to say for sure. At...

    Don't have a reliable scale to say for sure. At least 4 lbs. The documentation says it contains 2 lb. 15 oz. of polyester fill.

    I cut the comforter in half at the midpoint of the long axis. Then....
  28. Kohl's "down-alternative" comforter becomes quilt set

    So, yesterday Kohl's was selling their "Big One" down-alternative comforters (all sizes) for $29.99.

    Today I have a $30 summer-weight quilt set for my wife, who is allergic to down.

    I used a...
  29. Thanks! Sounds like once I add back in the foot...

    Thanks!
    Sounds like once I add back in the foot of fabric I lost in converting from yards to inches I'll be good to go:rolleyes:

    I decided to go with marpat 1.1 oz. calendared poly for this...
  30. I know I'm coming late to this party, but if the...

    I know I'm coming late to this party, but if the thread's still active. . .

    Kitsapcowboy, can you tell me how you're cutting the 3 yards of fabric (58" wide) to allow you to get the long...
  31. I found these at Walmart. They work well with...

    I found these at Walmart. They work well with 7/64" Amsteel . . . especially the second one from the left.
    165691
  32. By the way, thanks to you all for the...

    By the way, thanks to you all for the inspiration: I'm now compiling an anthology of scary night noises to send to my stepdaughter before she comes with us on her first backpacking trip ever. (We'll...
  33. Scariest sound I ever heard in the night...

    Scariest sound I ever heard in the night woods--decades ago--turned out to be a Barn Owl. I had to show cool because it was freaking out my partner, a first-time backpacker who had just taken out her...
  34. Okay, so Iíve finished my Gemini UQ and acquired...

    Okay, so Iíve finished my Gemini UQ and acquired another pair of CDTs for my TQ. Iíve also made a snap-on UQP using 1.1 oz ripstop: ...
  35. That's the problem in a nutshell. My next set of...

    That's the problem in a nutshell. My next set of clews will be 1/32" shock cord all the way. (I'm using the heavy-duty ones with an indoor-only quilt rigged from an $8.00 sleeping bag from Academy...
  36. I used 1/16" shock cord for this one. I made...

    I used 1/16" shock cord for this one.

    I made a set of full-bore elastic clews first--they were really tight (I used a bigger-gauge shock cord, I think)--and that's when I started using the...
  37. Clew-making tricks

    Here are some tricks I employed in the rigging of my Gemini set:

    Clews: I made the clews out of braided mason's line, then tied elastic shock cord at the ends, and finished off with a small loop...
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    I never experienced a calf ridge during the...

    I never experienced a calf ridge during the months I slept in a Mayan hammock, back in the day. Of the hammocks I own now, my Mayan is far and away the most comfortable. Of course, it weighs a ton...
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    This reinforces my interest in developing a...

    This reinforces my interest in developing a modular clew system, where the nettles are individual loops of braided mason's line (for example) lark's-headed to a key ring, and connected to the UQ with...
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    Back in the day, I slept for several months in a...

    Back in the day, I slept for several months in a Mayan hammock I brought back from Mexico. Insanely comfortable. I used to wrap up in a sheet and blanket and was good to go. If I were going to sleep...
  41. Oldgringo makes an excellent point, but I am...

    Oldgringo makes an excellent point, but I am still on the slow road. For myself, I am making a Gemini quilt set following the directions listed above. For my wife, who is allergic to down, I've...
  42. I kinda like the knot. That said, I've never...

    I kinda like the knot.

    That said, I've never put a bead on a whoopie sling loop. I guess I should go buy some beads that'll fit over 7/64 Amsteel. And retrofit my slings, in some way.

    Do the...
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    Sticky: According to W.H. Auden, my screen name means...

    According to W.H. Auden, my screen name means that I am "one who talks in someone else's sleep."
  44. Going to make a snap-on half shell (cover the...

    Going to make a snap-on half shell (cover the outside only) for my Gemini, using 1.1 oz. ripstop I found on ebay ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/302393274708 ) and those crazy plastic snaps. Any...
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    So, how are the mason's line ridgelines holding...

    So, how are the mason's line ridgelines holding up? Should work fine for a tarp or a bug net, right?
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    Decided against building one this light, though I...

    Decided against building one this light, though I have ordered the fabric for the UQ shell. Thanks for the input!
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    I bought these from Amazon the other day....

    I bought these from Amazon the other day. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GVJFBUW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Used a pocket knife to cut a little hole in a ping pong ball, and...
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    1.1 oz ripstop for extra-wide hammock?

    So, I'm a noob.

    Earlier this summer I made an 11.5' hammock with surplus multicam 1.9 ounce ripstop from ebay. Then I made a Fronkey-style bug net with no-see-um netting from Dutchware Gear. Now...
  49. Perfect! Thanks, folks. I'm pretty psyched...

    Perfect! Thanks, folks.

    I'm pretty psyched about this!
  50. So, the inside quilt is designed (in winter mode)...

    So, the inside quilt is designed (in winter mode) to work only for head-left-foot-right sleepers, if I've read this (and the website) correctly. All well and good for people who roll that way, but...
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