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    Looking for material to make a cheap and lighweight DIY tarp. . . I came across. . .

    I was looking for a way to make a lightweight (comparable to silnylon) and inexpensive tarp when I came across this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqaSYONkTFQ

    Well, it certainly is cheap. I read somewhere that using 2 mil plastic sheeting weighs about 1.4 oz's/2yd.

    That's about what Silnylon weights.

    Does anyone have any experience using a plastic dropcloth as a tarp? Do you know how durable it is?

    I'm thinking it would be great to experiment with different DIY tarp designs and sizes till I get it just the way I want, all before spending the time and money to DIY a tarp out of 30D silnylon.

    What are your thoughts on this?

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    Shower curtains work well too

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    Back during my misspent youth I camped along the Kancamagus Highway and later on in the Wichita Mountains using a plastic drop cloth as a tarp. Drape it over a picnic table or a handy limb or deadfall and there you go----

    Not sure how well it would work hanging from a ridgeline, there was never much load on them the way I used them. I was careful to avoid punctures and used rocks and such to hold down the edges. I imagine there would be some load at the tie out points when used as a hammock shelter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lupus View Post
    I was looking for a way to make a lightweight (comparable to silnylon) and inexpensive tarp when I came across this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqaSYONkTFQ

    Well, it certainly is cheap. I read somewhere that using 2 mil plastic sheeting weighs about 1.4 oz's/2yd.

    That's about what Silnylon weights.

    Does anyone have any experience using a plastic dropcloth as a tarp? Do you know how durable it is?

    I'm thinking it would be great to experiment with different DIY tarp designs and sizes till I get it just the way I want, all before spending the time and money to DIY a tarp out of 30D silnylon.

    What are your thoughts on this?
    They tend to be a bit fragile but doable. The experimentation use is a good idea though. I might steal that one.

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    Just be careful you don't end up in a bad situation! Try tyvec! But if you need an affordable tarp try Etowah ultralight outfitters they have all types of tarps for under a 100$
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    I remember Chammock's experimenting with ultra-light weight clear plastic for a DIY tarp, which ultimately failed. Click HERE to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    I remember Chammock's experimenting with ultra-light weight clear plastic for a DIY tarp, which ultimately failed. Click HERE to see.
    I wouldn't exactly call that a failure. He had issues with his first generation tieouts that he appeared to rectify.

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    Ray Jardine went into a lot of detail, about his early days as a guide, and teaching survival skills, about using plastic sheets. Look on his website, it might save you some time in the planning stage.

    I have played with using them as a pattern for what I wanted to make. My designs are always seriously flawed, so I do a lot of adjusting or readjusting.

    Some of the very best discoveries have been made as a result of trying to make or do something else entirely.

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    Oh Boy! Another excuse to dredge up the Cubenist Manifesto. (There's actually some good info on using poly for a lightweight tarp here.)

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    I had yet been introduced to The Cubenist Manifesto.
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