I bought this shock cord from Ebay and it's really nice and available in different colors.
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I just installed the shock cord tensioners on my SWT using HC4U's method. It was a breeze. I got the shock cord at Hancock fabrics ($0.74 / yd). I have to admit that looking at the directions above the clove hitch looks like it would let the shock cord slip through, especially when there isn't tension on the knot, but I was wrong. The clove hitch seems to hold really well so far.
This is a real newbie type question: I assume that you don't install tensioners on the ridge lines of the tarp. Is that correct?
Thanks for the tip and I appreciate the good instrucions and knot tying how-to!
Not necessary on the ridge. Nice aren't they?
When I made my DIY SWT recently I put tensioners on the 4 corners. However, I only used a single piece of bungee cord rather that doubling it up. I tied one end to the D-Ring with an Anchor Hitch (or Anchor Bend) and a Double Fisherman's Bend to connect the other end to the tie out line about 10-12" out.
It has worked quite well so far.
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Great, simple mod! Thanks for the instructions. I can't wait to get this on the trail.
this has given me a great project learning class for my scouts!!!! Gotta go find Ace hardware for the shockcord.....
The pictures here are fantastic, I can put them up at our meeting straight from my computer and believe me, a picture is worth a thousand words when dealing with teenaged boys!!!
I made these too and they worked out great!
has anyone had any issues with too much tension?
my hammock gear weights total: 2430g (~86oz)
Winter: total 2521 (~89oz)
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