WV, this is officially the cleverest post I've seen here thus far. I literally laughed out loud through the whole thing. Matter, of fact, I'm still chuckling, with my cat on the couch looking at me as if I'm some sort of madman (to be fair, he does that regardless of other factors).
Thank you for the information, as well. It's certainly a good, cheap way to prototype for tarps. I'll definitely keep it in mind for if and when I wind up making my own.
So how well did this tarp hold together over time?
Was it the clear duct tape or the garilla glue that started to break apart?
I copied the poly tarp with gorilla tape tie outs exactly from this WV post for some college kids I was taking on a hike. They were tenting and using 2 small, pretty cheap old tents, more for privacy and bug protection than weather and the 9x12 tarp was used as a rain fly.
It worked great for the three rainy nights we had it out and I plan to use it at a group hang coming soon as part of a dirt bag cheap setup I intend to demo.
Thanks for posting the idea for me to steal.
Years ago a buddy and I took a three day hike through the Smokies with nothing but a poly tarp set up something like this. Just tied a ridgeline between trees and sheet bended the ends to some stakes. It withstood some serious rain and even two inches of snow. It was cheap and worked for the short term. Yes, the sunlight will affect it over time, but it's good material for prototypes and for inexpensive, short-term solutions. Thanks WV for the post and the insights.