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    Haha I know what the tarp this article is about is a 10x12. I was asking about R00K's idea. Lol. Thanks anyway!

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    One more question... How strong are the grommets on a typical blue tarp? I don't want them failing on me in a storm or small microburst

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawkinsjh View Post
    One more question... How strong are the grommets on a typical blue tarp? I don't want them failing on me in a storm or small microburst
    Then don't trust them. Don't know what else to tell you. In the old days I had grommets that never failed and grommets that failed if you folded them up in the tarp. I won't have metal grommets on anything I intend to use with my camping gear.

    As for 10 x 10... there are tarps smaller than that in common use. The smaller you get the more careful you have to be and the lower you have to hang them. But I would say 10 x 10 would be fine except maybe for hard winter temps and wind.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Strong, light weight, waterproof and inexpensive. Impossible? No a 9x9 or 10x10 piece of Tyvek house wrap will weigh about 1 lb and is bomber. DO NOT USE GROMMETS. Tie in a pebble to make a tie on point for your guys or use tarpaflex tarp clips
    http://www.tarpaflex.com/acatalog/su...-grommets.html
    or similar.
    You could use such clips on a poly tarp, but Tyvek is so much better, and costs nothing.

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    If you use a poly tarp, may want to tie a ridgeline cord between trees and put the tarp over that making a A-frame rain fly. It shouldn't be as hard on the tarp as tieing it to the trees directly. Then look at your other options for a different tarp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDA View Post
    Tie in a pebble to make a tie on point for your guys or use tarpaflex tarp clips
    whatcha mean tie in a pebble?

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    There's an ebay vendor selling 9 foot wide tyvek for $2 linear foot +$ 2 for shipping. (I've simplified his price + shipping. So, you get a 9 x 9 tyvek footprint for $20 delivered.)

    You can find out about folks greater satisfaction with these after they rumple them up good on the wwww, reducing noise. Except for noise, there's a lot to like about tyvek. Not only is it tough, but it is tough to tear, and those tears are terribly easy to repair --permanently --with tyvek tape. Which is also excellent material for or reinforcement for tie-outs.

    And not to be dismissed: Tyvek is a better reflector of sunlight and its infra-red component than dark green nylon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawkinsjh View Post
    whatcha mean tie in a pebble?
    crumple a pebble in the tarp material tie a string around the lump. That way you have a solid connection point.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDA View Post
    Strong, light weight, waterproof and inexpensive. Impossible? No a 9x9 or 10x10 piece of Tyvek house wrap will weigh about 1 lb and is bomber. DO NOT USE GROMMETS. Tie in a pebble to make a tie on point for your guys or use tarpaflex tarp clips
    http://www.tarpaflex.com/acatalog/su...-grommets.html
    or similar.
    If these puncture the Tyvek, you may want to use the non-puncturing Grip-Clips that snap or screw together from both sides. Patented by and sold by a company that specializing in design and manufacture of relief tents.

    http://shelter-systems.com/gripclips/

    (I'd like a dozen from a group buy of 100 on these. Study the applications, and note the advice for use on sil-nylon.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    crumple a pebble in the tarp material tie a string around the lump. That way you have a solid connection point.
    Ohhh okay. Sounds like a great idea for my cheap-as-crap poly tarp.. haha since Idc if it does actually get a little roughed up. haha. I love this forum... I have my first multi-day hang in a couple weeks so I'm working on getting stuff together.

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