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    Question HOW MUCH ROPE-LINE NEEDED? four questions

    1. HOW MUCH ROPE, BRAIDED LINE OR MASONS LINE DO YOU CARRY?
    2. IS HEAVIER CORD NEEDED OR IS THE SMALLER STUFF LIKE MASON'S LINE ENOUGH?
    3. HOW MANY PITCH THEIR TARP WITHOUT A RIDGELINE?
    4. WHAT KIND OF STAKES DO MOST OF YOU USE. I just have titanium skewers.
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    I don't think mason's twine has a place in your pack, it is too weak and has way too much stretch. I use paracord on my tarp tie outs and trip tease for the tarp stakes. If paracord is too "heavy" for you go with some sort of covered spectra.

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    THANKS, I do carry some spectra but I just cringe when I have to cut it to a shorter lenghth. There have been several posts about the virtues of this Mason's twine (line, some called it). It has about 150 pound strength, not too much. I appreciate your comments, Take-a-knee.
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    If you're doing tarp tie outs, clothes lines etc. I think Mason line or similar is fine. There's no need for super ultra high strength like spectra...

    In fact there are places where it may be a disadvantage causing the tarp to fail rather than the line if its over loaded... Further stretch can be an advantage if its used that way. Much like line tensioners...

    I know 2 mm spectra is way stronger than 2 mm nylon, but 2 mm nylon is less than 1/10th the price and often more than adequate for the things you want to do with it.

    Don't get me wrong I think spectra is great and will use it extensively where appropriate or advantageous like in hammock suspensions. But why use 1000-2000lb strength line where you only have 20 lb loads?
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    I have recently started using mason line and I really like it. The braided line has 150lb breaking strength.

    I normally carry 50-75' of small diameter, UL line like mason line or Speer No Tangle and about 20' of the 7/64 Spectra line. I also carry a small amount of shock cord.

    I don't use a ridge line on my tarp and I use aluminum "V" stakes.
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    Well, the triptease which is spectra core is 200 lb. and about $15 for 50ft I think and weighs 1 oz.... the mason line(braided) is 150 lb. and $4 for 200ft, not sure about the weight. I've got a lot of triptease where the cover is bunching from frequent use so I like the mason line on the tarp.
    I use msr ground hog stakes
    I pitch without a ridgeline
    I use 50ft of paracord to bear bag and in case of emergency use since it is so easy to canabalize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickelanddime View Post
    Well, the triptease which is spectra core is 200 lb. and about $15 for 50ft I think and weighs 1 oz.... the mason line(braided) is 150 lb. and $4 for 200ft, not sure about the weight. I've got a lot of triptease where the cover is bunching from frequent use so I like the mason line on the tarp.
    I use msr ground hog stakes
    I pitch without a ridgeline
    I use 50ft of paracord to bear bag and in case of emergency use since it is so easy to canabalize.
    WOW! These are all very informaive. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by skskinner View Post
    WOW! These are all very informaive. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by stoikurt View Post
    That's the type of people you have here. Everyone's always ready and willing to help out with answers and opinions about gear selection and usage questions.
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    Headchange, I had now idea mason's twine was available in a braided version. The stuff I used to use when I framed houses was 3-strand laid, and not very strong, it used to break sometimes when we really stretched a line tight. I have to make a trip to Lowes.

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