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    Amsteel Blue to hang my tarp?

    I bought a 60 foot piece of 7/64th amsteel blue before I realized there is little or no hardware available that would allow easy use between two distant trees as a continuous ridgeline. QUESTION: Are most knots OK to use with amsteel w/o damage to the fibers? Perhaps someone knows of a source for titanium or aluminum hardware that will work with amsteel? All suggestions welcome.

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    Amsteel doesn't like knots. You can make a fixed eye loop on one side, take around the tree and pull a little line thru the eye and use a stick as a toggle. Or use a mini S-biner and clip the eye to the line.

    Use a prussic on the other side tied to a plastic toggle in the middle of the toggle. Take the line around the tree and use the toggle as a MSH on the Amsteel Tag line, then tighten the line by pulling the prussic towards the tarp.

    You should be alright until you can get some Zing-it or the like. Then you have a 60' piece of 7/64th for other projects like Whoopie Slings, continuous loops or the like.
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    Amsteel is far better suited to other tasks. Lash it and zing it are far better choices for tarp applications. Learn more about ropes for hammocks and their uses at: http://www.arrowhead-equipment.com/w...e-dope-on-rope
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgibson View Post
    Amsteel is far better suited to other tasks. Lash it and zing it are far better choices for tarp applications. Learn more about ropes for hammocks and their uses at: http://www.arrowhead-equipment.com/w...e-dope-on-rope
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    I was having the same problem and I made my own. Look in this thread for 1/24/2015.
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...93#post1396793 In the picture I am using nylon rope but I have switched Amsteel and it works well. This setup makes it easy to get the ridge line very tight and with Amsteel there is no stretch even when I hang lots of my stuff on it. The other end of the CRL I have put a small strong carabineer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jottoh12 View Post
    I bought a 60 foot piece of 7/64th amsteel blue before I realized there is little or no hardware available that would allow easy use between two distant trees as a continuous ridgeline. QUESTION: Are most knots OK to use with amsteel w/o damage to the fibers? Perhaps someone knows of a source for titanium or aluminum hardware that will work with amsteel? All suggestions welcome.
    I would suggest the Loop Alien.
    http://www.loopalien.com/shop/loopalien/
    I have used them and they work well with Amsteel. Quick and simple. I have since changed to Lash-it and a Dutch Wasp/Hook for my CRL.
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    i've been using a knot bone at one end and a figure 9 at the other. seems to work pretty well. The figure 9 is attached via prussik. I think it may be better to just have prussiks at both ends attached to figure 9's or some similer set up. I havent had to change my tarp hight in bad wether yet and the knot bone may may it a PITA compared to another set up. I think it would be easier to have both ends easy to loosen to make it easier to move up and down the tree. I'm still learning and figuring stuff out.

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    For a continuous tarp ridgeline you really don't need more than 30 to 40 feet. If you need any longer than that the trees are probably too far apart for a hammock set up. As pgibson mentioned, amsteel is better used for your hammock suspension. IMO go with Zing-it or Lash-it.
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    Thank Floridahanger! Excellent idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sashasrd View Post
    I would suggest the Loop Alien.
    http://www.loopalien.com/shop/loopalien/
    I have used them and they work well with Amsteel. Quick and simple. I have since changed to Lash-it and a Dutch Wasp/Hook for my CRL.
    Thanks so much, I saw these on ebay I think and was wondering! The link you sent says the aluminum version weighs but 2.5 grams. How is that possible? I believe they meants to say 25 grams. Thanks again!

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