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    New tarp mistake

    I just wrapped up my tarp and made a mistake (that I thought would help increase strength/rigidity) when I added grosgrain on the ridge seam. I thought it would help strengthen the seam - which I'm sure it has - but I didn't think that it would interfere with the stretch when I tie the tarp up. It seems to me that the fabric doesn't stretch out consistently when guy lined out because of my great idea to strengthen the ridge seam.

    I don't think it is going to be an actual problem unless there is wind and some whipping noises may start (the slack is isolated between the ridgeline and the adjacent tie outs on each side like the pictures show). Any ideas to fix this? or do you think its not a huge deal and just use it as experience for next time. My son doesn't mind and that is what is important.

    Thanks

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    What a bother!
    But why don't just use it and watch the tarp under various conditions? If something is still annoying you can do some ripping (if the construction of the reinforced corners allow) while losing a few inches in over-all width, of course.

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    Did you cat cut the ends?
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    I did cat cut the ends but it was not the most precise thing I've ever done. The seam is just rolled so I could rip them and make the slope more aggressive between the reinforcements at the corners.

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    It looks to me like it just needs to be set-up up much tighter; until the curve in the cat cuts mostly goes. I have tarp like this made from really strong sailing ripstop that needs setting up tighter than a trampoline, its a pain but performs really well in the wind

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    It looks like you just need a deeper cat cut on the ends. Easy enough to modify and that tarp will serve you well.
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