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    I sent my Hennessey Hex tarp in for the same upgrade. Got the pole all ready and I'm just waiting for my spot in the queue to come up!

    I'm looking forward to spending some serious time hanging this season ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by PS View Post
    Let's do it. I drive through Sugar Hill twice a day.
    There is a hike forming for the weekend of April 16, 17 18 on the AT ending at Neels Gap if anyone is interested! Starting point is tbd at this time.

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    Thanks PS! Sounds like 2Q and ZQ are on top of things. I've had tents that secure the fly to poles with a wrap around strip of velcro. That would probably work too as not a whole lot of force on it. Thanks for being the guinea pig I'll likely get that mod done mid-summer when I'm not hanging so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PS View Post
    Hey SmokeBait,

    Mine has a loop sewn in the ridgeline seam. Again, mine was the guinea pig.
    2Q said he woke up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, realizing it wouldn't work. To install the pole you have to put each end in it's respective pole pocket then raise it to it's upright position. No way to put it through the loop then each end in it's pocket.

    Going forward 2Q & ZQ said they will sew in a piece of string to secure the pole in it's upright position. I merely tied a piece of cord to the loop and it works fine. Plus I have the loop to hang something from if needed...

    I'll take a picture of mine and post. But again, future ones won't be like that.

    2Q & ZQ may want to jump in here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PS View Post
    Hey SmokeBait,

    Mine has a loop sewn in the ridgeline seam. Again, mine was the guinea pig.
    2Q said he woke up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, realizing it wouldn't work. To install the pole you have to put each end in it's respective pole pocket then raise it to it's upright position. No way to put it through the loop then each end in it's pocket.

    Going forward 2Q & ZQ said they will sew in a piece of string to secure the pole in it's upright position. I merely tied a piece of cord to the loop and it works fine. Plus I have the loop to hang something from if needed...

    I'll take a picture of mine and post. But again, future ones won't be like that.

    2Q & ZQ may want to jump in here.
    I have two ribbon ties hanging down from the center...3/8" stuff. The pole is secured with a simple bowtie knot. And yeah..it's amazing how many things come to mind when your sleeping. I woke ZQ up and told her of my epiphany and since she doesn't compartmentalize everything like I do, she stayed up thinking about it. Me, I was back to counting ZZZ's in minutes.

    We thought of velcro but we have tons of the ribbon, its the same stuff we use for the zipper mod tie backs. There we decided velcro and rolled up bugnetting didn't mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Questions View Post
    I have two ribbon ties hanging down from the center...3/8" stuff. The pole is secured with a simple bowtie knot. And yeah..it's amazing how many things come to mind when your sleeping. I woke ZQ up and told her of my epiphany and since she doesn't compartmentalize everything like I do, she stayed up thinking about it. Me, I was back to counting ZZZ's in minutes.

    We thought of velcro but we have tons of the ribbon, its the same stuff we use for the zipper mod tie backs. There we decided velcro and rolled up bugnetting didn't mix.

    Just thinking outloud (since my tarps already have loops):

    What if you first completely assemble the poles, then slid them through the center loop with the pole parallel to the ridge line, then rotated the pole 90° while simultaneously bending it, and then placing each end in the pole pockets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by canoeski View Post
    Just thinking outloud (since my tarps already have loops):

    What if you first completely assemble the poles, then slid them through the center loop with the pole parallel to the ridge line, then rotated the pole 90° while simultaneously bending it, and then placing each end in the pole pockets?
    Canoeski,
    Because of the depth of the pole pockets I would be afraid to try it. Too much tension..

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    I noticed something interesting while using my pole-modded BWDD tarp last week. The pole kept the tarp tight with no need for guy-line tensioners.

    Each night I would just re-tighten my guylines to pull the tarp back to it's original pitch.

    Looks like a good trade off on weight. Pole adds weight, but no tensioners save weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H. Hastings View Post
    I sent my Hennessey Hex tarp in for the same upgrade. Got the pole all ready and I'm just waiting for my spot in the queue to come up!

    Any pics of the Hex with pole(s)? How is it configured? 1 or 2 poles? Perp to ridgeline (short poles) or X (long poles)?
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    Have a tarp on order with Brian and he'll be shipping it straight to 2QZQ for doors and the pole pockets. Had a few questions I was hoping fellow pole pocket users could answer.

    Was hoping someone could post some more pictures, specifically of the center pole that ties to the roof of the tarp. Is it a good idea to try and get a pole centered at the peak, i.e. poking out equally on each side of the ridgeline? Or would it be better to try and get a connector centered there? Or does it matter?

    I'm trying to picture aluminum tubing bending like that and having a hard time with it since I've only had experience with fiberglass tent poles. No issues I assume?

    Does the tie point sewn into peak of the tarp need to be seam sealed again? I know Brian seam seals before he ships, but didn't know if the additional sewing there would necessitate reapplying at that point.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyBoy2k View Post

    Does the tie point sewn into peak of the tarp need to be seam sealed again? I know Brian seam seals before he ships, but didn't know if the additional sewing there would necessitate reapplying at that point.
    Yes, you should seam seal the small stitch line where I sew the ribbon tie. I have thought of doing that myself after I sew on the tie, but that is the last thing I do, and since it takes drying time, I don't have the place or time to let a tarp to dry.
    2Q can answer your other questions later tonight after he gets home from work, unless someone else does first!! ZQ
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