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Do you think the Mini Line Locs will be tough enough for the task without failure?
Suggestions for a carabiner or a means of attaching the guy line to the tarp if I don't want to do the shock cord?
The shock cord has several purposes. It is designed to be the weak point in your system so it should fail before your tarp rips in high winds. I don't know for sure, but I would think you're going to have a lot of other problems if there's enough wind to break the shock cord. It also serves to keep the tension you want on the tarp as the nylon stretches.
To answer your question, no you do not need the shock cord but you loose the functionality listed above.
Again this is what I plan on using:
* Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 x 12
* Kelty adjustable poles, using up to 4 depending on site/application
* Lawson Equipment Reflective Glowire Cord 2.38mm
* Mini Line Lok 1-3mm (just received, concerned about the size, very small)
* MSR Groundhog Stakes
* May use a small carabiner to attach to shock cord loop affixed to tarp
I think I got mine from supplycaptain.com, so maybe I have 1/8", I'm really not sure.
I got the 1/8 from REI, and it was ALMOST just a little too thick to use with the 1.75 zing-it, but it will work. It was the thinnest REI had.
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I just put guy lines together using this technique tonight and I'm very pleased with the results. Great idea, Shane. Thanks for sharing it.
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I did this a few weeks back. They work great! When I see my fellow hammocking buddy I am going to put some on his tarp as well.
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Working on mine as well. Using the MINI Line Lok and Lawsons Glowire. I am going to use 1/8" Shock Cord, with what I did here, it now fits. I picked up the 1/8" stuff at REI also. Will test and see how all does with the Kelty Noah's Tarps 12' x 12' & 16' x 16'.
What I Did:
MINI Line Lok: the hole where (initially the 3/32) Shock Cord would go parallel to the 3/32 (2.38mm) Glowire was a little tight. The thin lip seemed to cause some rough drag when pulling cord through. I pulled out my Dremel with a small Diamond Wheel Point and removed that lip. I don't feel that the lip is needed with the (Shane) application. I did not enlarge the hole, because that may weaken the Line Lok! I used the Diamond bit to also gently debur. I held the Line Lok in a small set of Vice Grips with a mild grip. I did (16) pieces in approx. 15 min. running the Dremel near the lowest speed (2nd notch).
Note: Fits 1/8" Shock Cord & 3/32 (2.38mm) Cord now
Just thought i'd share...
Last edited by Mund; 07-21-2013 at 18:23.