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    Tyvek Question

    I have seen sewing and tape used in Tyvek Tarp creations but is there a benefit to one over the other?

    I weary of trying to sew the webbing on for the tie outs but I also dont want to spend 15 dollars on tyvek tape at Lowes.

    So should I just suck it up and get th tape or would sewing actually do well for the new tarp?

    Thanks much

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    I can't help much as I have no experience with Tyvek besides it's intended purpose, but you can always use a rock in corner with guyline larks-headed around it and staked out. This is effective but takes some time. I'm sure someone with more experience with Tyvek will chime in soon.

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    ok thanks, guess i will just sew it and hope for the best.

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    The tape is quite a bit stronger than stitching...typically, the fabric tears before the tape pulls loose or fails.
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    Carpet tape and water-based contact cement are good options. Both are strong enough that the glue doesn't fail, the tyvek does.

    a 2" overlap is sufficient in my experience for large seams.

    For tie-outs, I do like Shotgun said, a pebble or penny and a larkshead around it hold just fine.
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    Stitch it at you longest stitch length for the pull outs with some sort of reinforcement fabric (more tyvek is fine) and that should be fine. Tape is an easy way to add a bit more strength to the ridgeline as well as sealing it at the same time.

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    I would tape...plus the tape is good for other stuff too. I think my roll was 9 bucks at the depot.
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    tape is stronger than stiching when it comes to tyvek and other non-woven materials. Tyvek tape or carpet tape is probably gonna be your cheapest options as far as tape goes. You can use the tape to make tie-outs too.

    Run a tape strip from the corner starting 6 inches or so in from the edge. Fold the tape over onto itself (for wide tape) or cut a
    separate piece to stick onto the adhesive side. Loop the tape around to opposit side of the tarp another 6" or so in from the edge. You can even add rings onto the tie-outs if you like.

    I've read of people sewing & taping, which is I think is overkill.
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