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    And I'm off to find shock cord... Great thread.

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    Yep, Rockclimber is right. Perfection loops on the ends (I just like the way they look) and butterflies for the loops that hold the shock cord.

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    Very nice poca, that's how I am gonna make mine. Is there a method or a certain way you make them? That's confusing. What I'm asking I guess is there a certain length of shock cord and how much slack is in the actual guy line where the shock cord is? Does that make sense?
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    Techniques For Make Your Own Shock Cord Tarp Tensioners

    What I did for mine was started with a 100' spool and tied a perfection loop. Then tied my alpine butterflies about 10" apart. Threaded a 12" piece of shock cord through the alpine butterfly loops and tied it with double fishermans and then measured 5' from the second alpine butterfly to the end, then cut/burn. Used the first as a template for the rest.

    Alternatively, you could start with ~7' precut and do the same process, but I wasn't sure how much cord the knots would take and wanted to end up with roughly 6' guylines.

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    Techniques For Make Your Own Shock Cord Tarp Tensioners

    Also, make sure to pull the double fishermans really tight to take out all the stretch of the shock cord at the knots.

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    Yes, I used 12" of shock cord for each one, which ends up being just over a 4" long loop once its tied. Then I left 8" between the base of the two butterfly knots (I made the loops pretty small). All put together the guy line takes over just before the max stretch of the shock cord.

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    maybe i am a simpleton, but why not just put a shock cord loop in the line anywhere???

    What is the difference??

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    Techniques For Make Your Own Shock Cord Tarp Tensioners

    I don't see any reason why you couldn't. This way looks nice though

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    These worked great! Thanks!

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    Worked Great Thanks!

    Solved all my saggy tarp problems! Thanks for the great thread!

    -schaapj

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