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    Tensioners, tensioners, tensioners....... they really help with my tarp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougTheElder View Post
    Using line tensioners makes good sense. ... Why is an elastic component not a popular item on the ridge line. ,
    So...Does anyone besides me (sometimes) use a tensioner/shock absorber on their tarp's ridgeline?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    How big/small are the trees you're attaching to?
    I've literally been 'bounced' in my hammock during a wind gust. The head-end was tied to a small, but leafy tree. The tree was prone to swaying in the wind which was nice in a light breeze, but frightening in a strong wind.

    As for the tarp flapping, is the XL cat cut? I don't think it is, but I could easily be wrong. Tarps with a straight edge are difficult to get, and keep, pitched tight along the edges. A little flap is pretty normal. If they are cat cut, then you might try using tensioners on your ground tie-outs to keep the tarp nice and tight overnight.
    No it's not cat cut, definitely think that would help...I was tied to a nice big tree on one end and a post that I made a while back, do to lack of a tree. I was also on top of a hill kinda, which made the wind seem a lot stronger. does it have to be cat cut for these tensioners to work? Am I thinking of the right little things? They are little rubber things? I saw them at the last hang.

    Quote Originally Posted by gunn parker View Post
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    No, i should have taken pictures. It took me like half hour just to get the tarp on, kept blowing around...at least it wasnt raining.

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    Like others have already said, using some kind of weight on your tarp corners/ guy lines (in addition to tarp tensioners) is a very effective way to tame some of the wind effects.
    Not only can it keep your tarp more peacefully quite, but it could save your tarp from damage, even complete failure if you get caught out in really strong wind.
    If you go to my gallery (link to the left of this post), you will see a few more examples of dealing w/ one of those times when a decision was made to set up in a potentially windy spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahgirl View Post
    does it have to be cat cut for these tensioners to work? Am I thinking of the right little things? They are little rubber things? I saw them at the last hang.
    No, they don't have to be cat cut for the tensioners to work quite well. This is an excellent thread about tensioners. They are easy and inexpensive to make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougTheElder View Post
    So...Does anyone besides me (sometimes) use a tensioner/shock absorber on their tarp's ridgeline?
    I originally set mine up with one. After I took a good look at it, it seemed kind of redundant and took it off.

    I pull the ridge lines very tight, then anchor the sides. Any sag at the ridge line is taken up by the side tensioners. Figure it saved a couple ounces without the ride line tensioner.


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    Ridge lines are best tied tightly to the two trees...or they can shift off center...All the down or out points are best with Self Tensioning Lines or STLs...http://www.jacksrbetter.com/STLs.htm

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    sarahgirl here is a cheap idea u can use to help u with your problem cost $14 to make 10 of them used small bungee cords from wallyworld $3ish for 20 and 50 foot of 3M reflective cord
    there a DIY ver. of JRB STLs hope this helps
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    There is a great vid and picture showing how with a few simple knots, you should be able to get a very taut pitch with a tarp.

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    Vid about 2 or 3 down.

    I've tied most of those and they seem to work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlespaul View Post
    sarahgirl here is a cheap idea u can use to help u with your problem cost $14 to make 10 of them used small bungee cords from wallyworld $3ish for 20 and 50 foot of 3M reflective cord
    there a DIY ver. of JRB STLs hope this helps


    Quote Originally Posted by Framling View Post
    There is a great vid and picture showing how with a few simple knots, you should be able to get a very taut pitch with a tarp.

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    Vid about 2 or 3 down.

    I've tied most of those and they seem to work for me.

    Thanks guys...the wannabe gram weenie in me is telling me to learn how to tie those tensioner knots. Great videos.

    Maybe I will set up two tarps one with the bungee tensioners and one with the knot tensioners and see which holds better in wind...it's probably already been done, but like everything else it's more than likely a matter of opinion and efficiency of knots.

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