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    Anyone interested....

    In a tensioner made out of tubing like Thera Band......

    But one that is not affected by cold?

    This would be for guy lines....
    I am not a gram weenie. , But Im starting to see the merits!!!

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    Yup yup. Mhmmm mhmmmm.
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    Its looking promising sc.

    I took a 6" piece of it and stretched it to around 24" and it didnt break. IN FACT, I think it improved its stretchyness. I was able to get the force up just over 4 pounds.
    I am not a gram weenie. , But Im starting to see the merits!!!

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    sounds good.

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    I think 4lbs is actually pretty ideal for guy lines. It doesn't sound like much, but I bet you'll find it's more than you think.
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    Definitely interested. I camp quite a bit in the winter months and would like to put something on the Winter Dream I have on order. Was going to (not by choice) got the shock cord route. Like the looks and compactness of the Theraband system but need them to be able to work in the cold and windy days we have here.

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    Well... stumo... You are in luck.

    Heres what I did.

    I mocked up 2 guy lines and stretched them out on a length of wooden dowel..



    Then dialed the freezer down...



    And placed the test stick in the freezer overnight.

    Got up this AM and pulled it out and as quickly as I could, pulled both lines off the dowel. The Thera Band line stayed stretched out for about 4 seconds, then wound itself up into a snake like thing...



    And about 5 seconds later looked like this...



    After which time it regained its elastic properties.

    All the while, the one with the Silicon tubing returned immediately to its relaxed position and retained its elastic qualities just like before I put it in.

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    Silcon® Silicone Tubing
    The most outstanding property of Silcon® is its resistance to temperature extremes. These, plus its good electrical properties coupled with the ability to self-extinguish, makes Silcon® an excellent choice for appliance and computer applications. Peroxide-cured Silcon® contains no sulphur or other acid-producing chemicals, thereby eliminating the possibility of staining, corroding, or deteriorating other materials it contacts. It is extremely resistant to ozone and U.V. over long time periods. Care is recommended in the selection of fittings and clamps for Silcon® as sharp barbs or unlined metal clamps could tear into the wall and possibly cause a failure. Silcon® is not recommended for implantable or in-body uses or for continuous steam applications. Silcon® may be low pressure steam sterilized in-line or autoclaved at up to 250°F in a normal autoclaving cycle. However, if exposed to repeated steam sterilization or long-term high temperature or pressure, silicone will eventually relax and become gummy. It should then be replaced. Translucent natural color for visual contact with the flow. Resilient, stretchable, and resistant to compression set. Odorless, tasteless, and inert. Good electrical and weatherability properties — resists U.V., ozone, gases, and moisture. Not for use with fuels. Listed by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF 51). Temperature range -100° F to 500° F. Meets FDA standards. Not for use with fuels. Silcon® is a registered trademark of NewAge® Industries
    I have a new type of zip tie coming to try out because the traditional tie I think would eventually create a failure in the tubing.
    I am not a gram weenie. , But Im starting to see the merits!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    I have a new type of zip tie coming to try out because the traditional tie I think would eventually create a failure in the tubing.
    Why not just larkshead the ends of the tubing onto the cord just above/below the knots? You just need to put a small hole in the side the tubing and then turn it over on itself. That's how the pouch on a sling-shot is attached to the tubing. That's how I have the one end of my sling-shot tie-outs attached to my HH fly.

    Here's a link (with photos) I posted years ago on whiteblaze.
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    I'd be interested in a set of eight for my WD v2. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to get a good tight pitch when I've got a steep pitch for foul weather mode. Using a taught-line hitch is fine for a less steep pitch, but I can't get the right amount of tension on the line with only a few inches of line to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fulminated View Post
    I can't get the right amount of tension on the line with only a few inches of line to work with.
    You could stake it right to the ground (place the stake right through the tarp's tie-out). Though that doesn't give you ability to use tensioners. And/or have a few short loops of tubing on hand to use for "close to the ground" tensioners (larks head the tubing through the tarp's tie-out and run your stake through the loop, position the stake in such a way to generate some tension on the tubing).
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