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    Learning Moment

    Late Friday afternoon I was hanging my tarp, a BWDD Winter Dream. Weather was coming, and the plan was to hang the tarp before it hit. The skins were off, and I had staked one side, when all hell broke loose...winds I'm guessing in excess of 50 mph. The tarp was uncontrollable, Prusics wouldn't hold, and a #2 S-biner failed. Once the tarp was on the ground, the wild flailing stopped, and the tarp emerged unscathed.

    I'm not sure what I learned other than what the weak points in my rig are. Sure, I can beef it up, and probably will, but otoh, we want other things to fail before the tarp, and that's exactly what happened.

    This same storm killed 4 people in Oklahoma, took of roofs, knocked out power, blew over signs on I40, and took down trees. All told, I feel pretty lucky. Oddly enough, I kept thinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald...go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Oddly enough, I kept thinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald...go figure.
    Thats cuz "the good ship and crew was in peril" as the song goes.

    Glad you're all right.
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    Glad you're okay, and that the tarp is okay. Better to have those "firebreaks" in the design than to have to try and resew a tarp in the field, for certain!

    Lesson learned, and at least you're not at the bottom of Lake Superior!
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    How was the rest of the night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibgary View Post
    How was the rest of the night?
    Splendid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Late Friday afternoon I was hanging my tarp, a BWDD Winter Dream. Weather was coming, and the plan was to hang the tarp before it hit. The skins were off, and I had staked one side, when all hell broke loose...winds I'm guessing in excess of 50 mph. The tarp was uncontrollable, Prusics wouldn't hold, and a #2 S-biner failed. Once the tarp was on the ground, the wild flailing stopped, and the tarp emerged unscathed.

    I'm not sure what I learned other than what the weak points in my rig are. Sure, I can beef it up, and probably will, but otoh, we want other things to fail before the tarp, and that's exactly what happened.

    This same storm killed 4 people in Oklahoma, took of roofs, knocked out power, blew over signs on I40, and took down trees. All told, I feel pretty lucky. Oddly enough, I kept thinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald...go figure.

    In thinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald,,you may have had a vision.

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    I am glad that you are around to hang another day. It is a wonder what can come down our street.

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    Much better for something to come loose before the tarp shreds!
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    Or is it "Goomeegitchee"

    "Nobody ever said that it was easy living out there in Indian country...especially the Indians".

    "You sure you are not Indian?"

    But, to get back to your original post....yes, it is a good idea to have a $2.00 s-biner fail first, instead of a $100.00 or more tarp get shredded.

    I have an Ogee tarp and for the very reason that you have just stated, I chose to go with the #2 S-biner (plastic) at the tie out points to create a failure point also. The tarp is so well made, that I knew I wanted a failure-point somewhere in the riggin'.

    I once saw in aN USAF safety report, where the engine had been torn from the wing of a C-130 Hurricane Chaser-type aircraft, by an 80mph gust while the plane was anchored down to the runway. Thank goodness that the attaching points failed before the entire wing assembly did.



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