Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    New Member sandyaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Rock Hill, SC
    Hammock
    Grand Trunk Double
    Tarp
    Still deciding
    Suspension
    ENO Atlas Straps
    Posts
    18

    Cheap Tarp Failure & Cheap Bug Net Success

    I've been tackling a few DIY projects and thought I would share about it.

    My first project was trying to make a really cheap tarp. I made a 9X12 tarp out of a plastic drop cloth. I used clear packing tape on all of the edges and then put some plastic grommets I already had at each corner and down the side. At first I thought it was going to do pretty well. The tarp looked good if I do say so myself. I set it up in my backyard to see how it would hold up. I set it up early Friday afternoon and left it up all weekend. It did well until Sunday. I messing around with some different set ups and then it happened...RIP! It developed a tear on one of the edges and it just took off. It was pretty much useless in a hurry. Here are a couple of pictures...




    I also made myself a bug net using the description I got from a YouTube video. It pretty much led you step by step through the process. You basically started with two sheer window panels and sewed them together. There were only three kinda long stitches. It was very simple...and I'm saying that as someone who has never sewed anything.
    Here's a link to the YouTube video I used:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQRoE...5F-Y-Mztwa9d7Q
    Thanks to CrypticCRICKET for posting the video.
    Here's a picture of my bug net:

  2. #2
    Hiknhanger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Greensboro, NC
    Hammock
    DIY "Magna-Hammock"
    Tarp
    Chinook 12 x 9.6
    Insulation
    Mummy bag
    Suspension
    UCR's
    Posts
    722
    Images
    1
    Sorry the tarp failed, but the bugnet looks good! Good job!

  3. #3
    Timberrr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Orlando (okay, nearrr Orlando)
    Hammock
    WBRR
    Tarp
    The H.U.T.
    Insulation
    UGQ TQ and UQ
    Suspension
    The H.U.T.
    Posts
    1,374
    Images
    13
    Looks good. Thanks for the bug net link!
    FHV Planning Thread (it's gonna rock!)
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ida-Hang-(FHV)

    So many trees, so little time...

  4. #4
    Senior Member Itsamescott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Virginia
    Hammock
    DIY 1.1 Gathered End
    Tarp
    DIY Silnylon Asym
    Insulation
    DIY 2/3 UQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies & Toggles
    Posts
    100
    The bug net looks really good. Great job.

    I've been wanting to try polycryo (window shrink film) for a cheap tarp. Guys over at BackPackingLight.com have used it with Gorilla tape and sail tape tie outs some success. The polycryo seem pretty strong according to them and the failures generally occurs at the tie out point.

    One guy set it up low to the ground and left it in his yard from September to March before it failed at the taped tie out. Lasted 26 weeks of winter weather is not bad for an $8 piece of plastic.

  5. #5
    New Member sandyaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Rock Hill, SC
    Hammock
    Grand Trunk Double
    Tarp
    Still deciding
    Suspension
    ENO Atlas Straps
    Posts
    18
    Thanks folks for the compliments on the bug net.
    It was a REALLY easy project. To be honest, it only took a short amount of time to do.
    As easy as this was, I don't see why anyone would spend a lot of money buying a commercial version.

  6. #6
    New Member sandyaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Rock Hill, SC
    Hammock
    Grand Trunk Double
    Tarp
    Still deciding
    Suspension
    ENO Atlas Straps
    Posts
    18
    I just posted a picture of the bug net in a stuff sack to give an idea of how small it packs down:

    The Nalgene is just for comparision. It's not in the sack too tightly and can be compressed to about half that length if need be.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Beast 71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Big Lake, MN
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.7 dbl.
    Tarp
    WBSuperfly w/doors
    Insulation
    JRB TQ & UQ quilts
    Suspension
    Web
    Posts
    1,407
    Did the tarp fail at a grommet? If so you may want to tie your ropes to a pebble wrapped up in the edge of your tarp instead.
    "In your face space coyote"-HJS

  8. #8
    New Member sandyaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Rock Hill, SC
    Hammock
    Grand Trunk Double
    Tarp
    Still deciding
    Suspension
    ENO Atlas Straps
    Posts
    18
    Beast 71, the tarp actually failed in a couple of places. One of the grommets just being one.

    I remembered I had an old swing frame behind the my storage bldg. & now I have a place to hang in the backyard.

  9. #9
    New Member cartova's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Hammock
    ENO, Grand Trunk, DYI ACU 1.6
    Tarp
    Noah's 12/ DryFly
    Insulation
    Thermarest pad
    Suspension
    ENO Atlas,Whoopies
    Posts
    24
    Images
    1
    Nice bug net !!!

  10. #10
    SnrMoment's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Billings, MT
    Hammock
    DIY
    Tarp
    Streamline
    Insulation
    Goose bumps
    Suspension
    Oxford Knee
    Posts
    1,145
    I like the Cricket's bug net- nice work. I've made several of them for myself & family. The panels are available in different colors, including a cranberry. I prefer the tans or browns as they tend to be a lot cooler in the sun. Grand daughter's is white to go with her pink & white hammock.
    Love is blind. Marriage is an eye opener.

Similar Threads

  1. Cheap DIY Tarp
    By TN Cereal Killa in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 03-10-2014, 12:58
  2. Cheap biners on steep and cheap.
    By dammfast in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-23-2013, 11:03
  3. The Cheapest Cheap to Ever Cheap the Cheap (A Rant)
    By SilverbackBob in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-02-2010, 16:31
  4. cheap tarp?
    By heescha in forum Want to Buy
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-19-2008, 11:14

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •