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    Senior Member hangnout's Avatar
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    how did you do the tie outs?
    Very carefully!

    I put the webbing on each side and sewed a Z pattern for the tie outs. By putting the webbing on both sides I felt that the fabric would only have to handle the pulling from the tieouts and the webbing would hold the thread better. I did not put extra material in the corners because I felt it would weaken it more than help due to the extra needle holes. The needle leaves a disctinct hole in this fabric that does not self heal.

    I bartacked the webbing to the ridgeline. I did not want to sew in the direction of the ridgeline because it would result in a series of needle holes that could act like a "quick open tab" The cuben fiber is closer to dealing with tyvek than nylon.

    I had read somewhere that because of the low stretch of cuben that the cat cut is not as critical. I feel this is true because I cut straight lines and it was plenty tight with no stretch.

    In the intitial hang this all seemed to be correct. I believe in testing then test some more so I will post anything that did not work.
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    No cat cut? You could have saved half an ounce. lol Nice tarp!

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    FWIW, how much did that tarp cost, altogether?


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    I ordered the fabric directly from Cuben. It was 16.66 a yard. The smallest size you can order is between 9-10 yards. After packaging and shipping you will be close to $20 a yard for the the minimum order. They pack it in a big HD cardboard tube that a truck could run over. I used 8 yds for the tarp. $160 in tarp

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    hangnout... it would be great if you were able to come to hot springs for the SEHHA camp out (sept 14-16). see post # 13 in this thread...
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ighlight=SEHHA
    i'd like to see (& touch) some of the cuben fabric in person
    but it will be quite a while before i can make a purchase
    Last edited by slowhike; 08-22-2007 at 20:15.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    has anyone tried using glue instead of stitches on cf? maybe some of that 3m adhesive tape?

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    I thought about using the 3M adhesive tape but could not find anyone else who had used it without sewing also. I did read a post by one guy who said the tape failed in really cold weather. The tape probably would handle pulling along the ridgeline but I was not sure about the "peeling" from the pressure of the tie outs. I think the tape would work just fine in low stress areas. I think when they use it to make sails they use a special bonding agent that requires a glue gun that cost about $1500. I am still learning about this stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    hangnout... it would be great if you were able to come to hot springs for the SEHHA camp out (sept 14-16). see post # 13 in this thread...
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ighlight=SEHHA
    i'd like to see (& touch) some of the cuben fabric in person
    but it will be quite a while before i can make a purchase
    Wish I could make this one but the boss had other plans

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    [/quote]

    I bartacked the webbing to the ridgeline. I did not want to sew in the direction of the ridgeline because it would result in a series of needle holes that could act like a "quick open tab" The cuben fiber is closer to dealing with tyvek than nylon.

    In the intitial hang this all seemed to be correct. I believe in testing then test some more so I will post anything that did not work.[/QUOTE]

    Ok, I keep trying to stay away from this stuff but I could save about a pound over the tarp I have now, so it's veeery tempting. Do you think this materal would hold up for a thru-hike? I thought about using a solid piece for the top and seaming the sides so that the ridge would maybe be stronger. How is it to sew? Does the fabric feel strong and secure after sewing. It's used for sails so I know it can handle the wind I just want to make sure I don't weaken it by sewing incorrectly. Any advice would be very much appreciated.
    Brian
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    HANGnOUT,


    Very nice indeed. Expensive but nice.

    What's the finished weight and dimensions of your tarp
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