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    Double tap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetLou View Post
    Anyone know if the plastic ones are strong enough for a tarp?
    These ones are:



    ITW Nexus (Fastex brand) Ghillietech D rings. I haven't broken one yet.

    Get em from DIY Tactical:

    http://www.diytacticalstore.com/cata...astic/looplocs - shows out of stock, but their website is being updated.

    or

    http://www.supplycaptain.com/index.c...category_ID=30

    The ITW Nexus ones are usually about US$0.50 each

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    They can be broken.

    That said, it was my fault...it was on a ridgeline, I was using a Figure Nine, and tried to stretch it too tight.
    One way to look at that is better the D-ring than your tarp! I just thought of this, but you could make the grosgrain just long enough so that if your hardware were to break, you'd still have enough length to put a new D-ring over the loop and double it over and sew it down, like so:
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    Quote Originally Posted by acercanto View Post
    ...make the grosgrain just long enough so that if your hardware were to break, you'd still have enough length to put a new D-ring over the loop and double it over and sew it down...
    Good idea, and interesting approach... planning for failure!

    I like to avoid hardware where possible. My Speer Winter Tarp has no D-rings... you just put a sheet bend on the grosgrain loop.
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    Perhaps this is the wrong thread to post this in, but could someone post a few pictures of their tarp tie-outs? I am about to add several to a tarp I just got, and some visual references would be very helpful.
    A free canoe is better than no canoe.

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    I just posted some pics of my DIY tarp here. I too struggled with my tie outs, but after much thought and deliberation I made a decision.

    For my corner tie-outs, I just made a loop of gross grain. I am using mason's line with a bowline knot to attach to my tarp and then tie to my stakes and am now deliberating on what to use for tarp tensioners.

    For my ridgeline, I used a similar method to what Acer pictured above. Except I sowed webbing to the topside of my reinforcement, then sewed in two metal d-rings, then sewed the webbing to the bottom of my reinforcement. This allows me many options for suspending my ridgeline. for my first test I used a garda hitch to tension up my ridgline and it worked great. Will try to get some pics of my tarp suspension soon.

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    Corner


    And Ridgeline


    Acer
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    ^^^ Awesome! Thank you, that's exactly the kind of thing I needed to see.

    Looks like you used reinforcing fabric on both sides of the tarp, correct?

    Is the webbing sandwiched between the fabrics, or sewn to the face not shown?
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    I have tarps with over 6 months of continuous trail use on the clock with only grossgrain tie outs. In over 30 years of using DIY tarps, I have never had a grossgrain tie-out to fail.

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    The webbing is on the bottom, and the reinforcement is on top, with the sil sandwiched in between.

    Acer
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