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    Awesome work! I'd avoid drilling into your...

    Awesome work!

    I'd avoid drilling into your tubes, definitely a weakener. Epoxy shoudl bond really well since odds are very high that that is what the resin in your CF tubes is already, so...
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    The real issue is Tinny has no clue about the...

    The real issue is Tinny has no clue about the difference between force and pressure.... Force 200 lbs , pressure force over area.... 200 lbs over 10 sq inches is 20 psi, 200 lbs over .01 sq inches is...
  3. The splices are not permanent in that they can be...

    The splices are not permanent in that they can be removed and the line will be as it was. But they do require splicing tools of some fashion.

    Tying a bowline will weaken the lines the knot...
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    MSr Groundhogs, got them on sale at REI one...

    MSr Groundhogs, got them on sale at REI one day... :D

    Happy camper... LOL
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    Or use a textured fabric and make sure to really...

    Or use a textured fabric and make sure to really wipe down the outside when you DIY sil coat it...
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    Well you've asked a much discussed question. :)...

    Well you've asked a much discussed question. :)

    Personally, I'd either make it from something totally waterproof, or something completely not, inside and out,

    For your first attempt I'd...
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    Sticky: The loops can be made from any single braid rope....

    The loops can be made from any single braid rope. The choice of material/size, depends on the nature of the use you want to put it to.

    Dynaglide is 2mm HMPE (Dyneema/Spectra) cord with a rated...
  8. Thread: Tarp Theories

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    Two tarps is a choice always... but I prefer to...

    Two tarps is a choice always... but I prefer to have more weight in one bigger tarp than two smaller ones....

    And yes it snowed Saturday past, no accumulation, just pretty flakes... :)
    ...
  9. It appears that the buries are approximately 65...

    It appears that the buries are approximately 65 rope diameters for this.

    So that would be about 6" for 2.2mm Zing-It, and 8" for 1/8" lines...

    :) Nice... Uses not a lot of line and is as strong...
  10. Thread: Cuben

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    Think in years to decades, if other high-tech...

    Think in years to decades, if other high-tech textiles are any indicator.
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    I'd also seriously consider the underquilt being...

    I'd also seriously consider the underquilt being separate. I know its a bit more but then the hammock is more versatile. You don't always have the warmth, which is good when its hot out... :)
    ...
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    Redden will sell it by the foot as well. Its...

    Redden will sell it by the foot as well. Its slightly more expensive, but cheaper than buying more than you want. :)

    try this page......
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    [QUOTE=Bomber;561291]Something like this? ...

    [QUOTE=Bomber;561291]Something like this?

    QUOTE]

    Yep. Pretty much exactly, should have known the forum would have already been there and done that in some fashion. :)
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    I also took note of the fact that spliced loops...

    I also took note of the fact that spliced loops should be a minimum of three times the length of the diameter of the item inside the loop.

    And the minimum diameter for bends should be at least 3...
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    Rope inspection and retirement reference

    Found this on Samson Ropes website...

    http://www.samsonrope.com/site_files/Single_Braid_Inspection_and_Retirement.pdf

    Thought it would be of interest to the group since we use mostly Samson...
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    Heated tarp for winter

    Recently while watching a survival show I saw them use an almost clear piece of plastic to make essentially a greenhouse collect and hold the radiant heat from a fire outside of the covered area,...
  17. Thread: Types of Cord

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    Spectra/Dyneema are both trade names for the same...

    Spectra/Dyneema are both trade names for the same product which is a UHMWPE fibre. Very strong very light but temperature sensitive, frictional heating can cause loss of strength. All should float,...
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    In Raif's picture above the green would be the...

    In Raif's picture above the green would be the loop on your whoopie ended ridgeline, and the purple would be whipped end of the hammock.
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    REI, or EMS will both be likely to carry them....

    REI, or EMS will both be likely to carry them. Also working safety supply place will have steel ones, Heavier, but still strong.
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    This is always my approach its more practical and...

    This is always my approach its more practical and flexible for variable weather conditions.

    We mostly always dress in layers and have very good reasons for this on our bodies why would it be...
  21. Thread: firetarp Embers

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    I'm not aware of any materials used for fabrics...

    I'm not aware of any materials used for fabrics that would be good for a light tarp and be heat/fire resistant enought to stop embers from burning pin holes in it. Even the teflon layer in Goretex...
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    I just larkshead the ridgeline between the...

    I just larkshead the ridgeline between the suspension and whipping at both ends. Works and can be adjusted of removed very easily independent of everything else.
  23. Also the VHB tape comes in different widths. if...

    Also the VHB tape comes in different widths. if you use 3/4" or 1" its less than twice the price of 1/2" and you don't have to double it.

    Besides compared to the price of a commercial ultralight...
  24. Thread: Sock vs Tarp

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    Buy cheep nylonf fabric sew whatever tarp you...

    Buy cheep nylonf fabric sew whatever tarp you like and DIY the sil coating per the sticky there... :) Cheap and wonderful. ... except for the labour... :)
  25. Thread: Tarp Theories

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    I always prefer the most tarp space...

    I always prefer the most tarp space possible/feasible given weight and cost.

    It makes a three straight days of rain bearable. It keeps wood, seating and camp kitchens dry.

    Overall it increases...
  26. Thread: Amsteel Dye

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    Be very careful with the very hot water... Your...

    Be very careful with the very hot water... Your hot water tank may well produce water thats hot enough to degrade the strength of your Amsteel. 80C (175F) is beyond the safe limit for Spectra/Dyneema...
  27. Thread: DIY Tarp question

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    I would imagine that using the 3M 9460 tape used...

    I would imagine that using the 3M 9460 tape used on Cuben woudl also work reasonably well on waterproof fabric, and give a "sealed" seam. Especially if you used one of the thicker adhesive variants....
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    If you want easy go with webbing suspension. ...

    If you want easy go with webbing suspension.

    If you want less bulk and weight go with Amsteel from ReddenMarine. The 7/64 is cheep, strong, even when derated for knots and has virtually no...
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    Sticky: Surface energy of a material is related to its...

    Surface energy of a material is related to its molecular structure.

    Just adding something, unless it reacts with the material, substrate won't change its surface energy. Polyester (Mylar is a...
  30. Understandably, however, most insulation (in a...

    Understandably, however, most insulation (in a building) leads a pretty static conditioned life, unless there is some failure in the structure.

    However the same can't be said of a sleeping bag....
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    Love my Camp Nano's. Might not be the lightest...

    Love my Camp Nano's. Might not be the lightest but sure are fast and easy. No matter the conditions, (of the weather or me :) )

    They also give a multitude of connection options, allowing for a...
  32. I'd go with the heavier size, because...

    I'd go with the heavier size, because spectra/dyneema loses so much strength from frictional heating. the 2.2 give you a better option all around.

    Also personally I lift and tie off a block...
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    I don't have a thread as this was created long...

    I don't have a thread as this was created long ago... About 1994 or '95.

    Its a full "barrel" style sleeping bag with a light quallofil insulation layer (about 1" or so thick, and the WPB lining...
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    Rinses rinses and more rinses... I usually use...

    Rinses rinses and more rinses... I usually use the second cycle without soap method. Easier on me and more rinses :)

    Also don't wash it so darn much... It really doesn't need it.

    If its losing...
  35. And... to make matters worse the R value of a bag...

    And... to make matters worse the R value of a bag would change depending on how damp it was, or wet it was, the ambient humdity, because its absorbent, and prone to be used in a lots of different...
  36. Thread: Fleece as a TQ

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    I'm not fond of fleece as an "outside" layer for...

    I'm not fond of fleece as an "outside" layer for sleeping and I'm a warm sleeper. I find it too susceptible to drafts/breezes/wind...

    Great if you have something to stop the air movement. And...
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    Because moisture pervades the whole thing and...

    Because moisture pervades the whole thing and condenses in the cooler portions (as you move through the insulation the temperature drops). So you'd end up with a pool of water in the bottom, or very...
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    Some thoughts on using this. Windows are...

    Some thoughts on using this.

    Windows are themselves cold R values of 1 to 3 depending on things like triple glazing and argon fill.

    Closed cell foam insulation is R 4.5 per inch for regular...
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    Sticky: 3m Primer 94 Content

    For the content of 3m Primer 94 see their MSDS sheet

    http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawebserver?mwsId=SSSSSuUn_zu8l00xl82eM8txnv70k17zHvu9lxtD7SSSSSS--

    It has a number of substances as well as...
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    For house wrap it may be better, but for our...

    For house wrap it may be better, but for our applications probably not.

    I have a roll at home and I'll say its typically stiffer, heavier and less nice to work with for these types of projects....
  41. Thread: Never again

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    Here in the land of mosquito hell... I recommend...

    Here in the land of mosquito hell... I recommend Afterbite for treatement of bites. Works for stings was well. Its an ammonia solution that neutralizes the formic acid in stings and breaks down the...
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    The simple part is its related the angle of the...

    The simple part is its related the angle of the suspension and the flatter the suspension angle the higher the tension. The good news is that there is always some sag due to stretch in the hammock...
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    Fellow Canadian :)

    You may want to read this: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=36311&page=7

    That I posted. I have found unzipping the sleeping bag and using it as a top quilt works best for me and...
  44. Thread: Washing down

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    Minimum of washing....

    I have had down bags my whole life. And I have washed down bags maybe 5 times. In 40 years I have had two bags. The first is still functional, but I bought a "new" one back around 1990/1991.

    How...
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    Options... for Canadian winter campers

    So I've been reading this thread and realize I'm a little late to the party... But its still warm out :)

    I have camped on the ground to -35C with a MEC Cygnet down bag (rated to -10C) and a...
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    Yep cool stuff. and this is stuff is way stiffer...

    Yep cool stuff. and this is stuff is way stiffer than most of the more "normal" woven sailing fabrics.

    I have a roll I've been meaning to try out. But I'm really leaning towards the regular...
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    Costs

    Cheapest way would be to stamp them and tumble them. But there's overhead in making the die to stamp them which makes the start-up a bit more than other methods.
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    Another way to encourage the "spaces" between the...

    Another way to encourage the "spaces" between the sewn through section to close up rather than gap open is to dimension the quilt so that the inner layer is the sewn through part with the extra...
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    Actually neither are... Polar bears have dark...

    Actually neither are...

    Polar bears have dark skin and actually CLEAR fur that simply appears white. This lets them blend in with the snow and collect heat from the sun at the same time....Its...
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    Anodizing is not that hard, but it may take a few...

    Anodizing is not that hard, but it may take a few attempts to get what you want.

    I've run a few hundred pieces in my "home" anodizing system doing Type III mil spec hardcoat (this requires...
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