If you set it up in parallel, as shown in this thread, when the shock cord breaks, the guyline is still attached to both tarp and stake. It may flap a little, but you can mend that more quickly than having to retie one end of your setup. A little more work at home foils Mr. Murphy on the trail.
Not sure if it's been asked, but can this method be used with the figure 9 tensioners? I use those currently, and I like them, but I also like the idea of my tarp staying tight. I guess I could just go out and find out on my own
That's what i was thinking, but I was afraid that the combination wouldn't work. Like maybe the figure 9 would tension the line to much. I'm just curious what people think. I'll give it a try this weekend. See how it goes.
Wow, I'm bumping this thread because it's going to save me a bunch of work on the tensioners for my new tarp! I tied the last ones with cinch knots and I was thinking about cool-looking surgical tubing, but after hearing about it freezing in cold temps I'd rather stick with shock cord. And the youngblood method is so simple and elegant! I'm very happy to have found this thread and hope others will now enjoy it too.
1. Don't just use any surgical tubing. Look (on EBay) for green Theraband. It's just the right thickness for perfect tension.
2. Place your first of the two knots for the tube holding very close to your top loop. This will help when you are staking your tarp low.
3. I highly recommend adding Line-locs (Dutch sells them) for adjusting the lines. With Zingit get the small ones. I like the Glow in the dark ones.
Long Signatures Rule!
Also mentioned was the heavy duty Thera-Band Resistive Latex Exercise Band (Green) about $14 for 6 yards from Amazon prime including shipping if you pay that annual fee. Also, i have never tried this on a tarp but these bands break on me a lot! A tiny abrasion is all it takes to get them started. Physical Therapist told me to stop making excuses and buy a roll or 2.
Hope this helps, report back please, we all like options not just facts. Facts are boring.
I went to rei to get some shock cord, and I noticed that some had more tension(harder to pull on) than others. I know to look for stuff with at least 100% stretch. But would I/we want want the stuff with lots of tension or very little? I'm concerned that the stuff with high tension would possibly tear the tarp, or be prone to launching my steaks.