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    Strength of tarp ridgeline?

    I have some braided mason's line with a working load of 18# - that probably gives a breaking strength of around 80#. It holds knots and prussiks well and I am thinking of using it for a tarp ridgeline.

    Does this seem strong enough?

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    it wouldn't be for me... i like the really crank down my tarp ridgeline... but you never know till you try... i'm sure some people around here have done it... and i know quite a few people who use that stuff for their tarp TIE OUTS... but i just like stronger stuff... give it a shot in the back yard, crank on it hard and see what happens... Usually that stuff isn't very good at sliding around a tree, usually frays and fuzz's up too much for my tastes, but that is just using it as mason line is supposed to be used...
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    I think for the tie outs it would be fine but for a ridgeline I'd like something stronger.
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    Anything wrong with para cord? That's what I use. Works good

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    Passinthru, It will probably be fine without to much wind but I would certainly prefer something a little stronger.

    Quote Originally Posted by barefooter View Post
    Anything wrong with para cord? That's what I use. Works good
    Instead of going a bit off topic this thread should give you a little more info

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    Quote Originally Posted by barefooter View Post
    Anything wrong with para cord? That's what I use. Works good
    Parachord stretches eventually especially when wet.
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    Mason's line likes to tangle. That's my main complaint with it. Otherwise, it seems to do well in most low-strength applications.

    From my point of view, the low breaking strength is actually a plus; I'd much rather have a $0.03 piece of cord give way than a $100.00 tarp. Besides, it's a lot easier to tie a knot in the field to cover the broken piece than it is to try and patch a tarp...
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