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    Tarp With Mason Line

    Would mason line work for a tarp ridge line? And if it would work, how well? Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diab View Post
    Would mason line work for a tarp ridge line? And if it would work, how well? Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.
    I was going to use mason line so I strung up some over about 15 foot.. put a prussic on it and pulled... stretch was unbelievable. I quickly abandoned the idea.

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    I've used trot line before. Its pretty much the same thing except its tar coated. Now i just use it for tie outs and prusiks on a paracord ridgeline. It holds knots exceptionally well and cheap.

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    I'll use it for tie outs but not for a full length ridgeline. It's a great cheap fix but tangles if not carefully put up.

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    I use it for a full ridge line. Works fine. Yes, it does stretch, but I use a trucker's hitch and pull it nice and tight. Braided mason line holds something like 150lbs, which is plenty. I've had no problems with it sagging overnight, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diab View Post
    Would mason line work for a tarp ridge line? And if it would work, how well? Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.
    I have used mason line for my cont. ridge line many times with no real problems. It does have alot of stretch to it but plenty strong enough to hold a tarp. In the past I tried to break the line by over stretching it with a figure 9 but it would not break and when I set up my tarp with it I just pull some of the stretch out of it before attaching my tarp. I have since moved to a line with less stretch but for the money it's great to use. It works perfect for pullouts and prussics hold well on it.
    Last edited by myles to go; 03-09-2011 at 15:41.

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    Well for the price I suppose I might as well just try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diab View Post
    Would mason line work for a tarp ridge line? And if it would work, how well? Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.
    Put two feet of it between your hands and pull- it stretches at least 30%, at least the stuff I have does.

    Mason line is meant to support its own weight as a straight line, and let people trip over it without snapping (which explains the stretch.) IMO, those properties make it great for tarp tie-downs, but awful as a ridgeline.

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    I would even mess with it. Good line is pretty cheap anyways. I don't see any reason to settle for masons line.
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    Mason line doesn't hold knots well. Z-line is best in my opinion.

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