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    parachute material

    I see military parachutes are for sale in "Cheaper Than Dirt" catalog. Does anyone know if this type of material is waterproof? Im thinking tarp material.
    Thanx, Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawldaddy View Post
    I see military parachutes are for sale in "Cheaper Than Dirt" catalog. Does anyone know if this type of material is waterproof? Im thinking tarp material.
    Thanx, Bill
    Last that I recall was that they are not water proof, but may make a nice hammock for at home.

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    Parachutes are normally made from untreated or DWR ripstop nylon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawldaddy View Post
    I see military parachutes are for sale in "Cheaper Than Dirt" catalog. Does anyone know if this type of material is waterproof? Im thinking tarp material.
    Thanx, Bill
    Maybe I'm showing my ignorance here, but if the material is air tight enough to use as a parachute, wouldn't it hold water also?

    Of course, if the material is being sold as surplus, it might be old enough to not be air tight any more either.

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    Who said a parachute had to be air tight? It just has to have a lot of air resistance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    if the material is air tight enough to use as a parachute, wouldn't it hold water also?
    I think an air tight chute would make for a very unstable descent. I'm pretty sure those materials allow a lot of air to pass thru; not positive on that, just a guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoikurt View Post
    Who said a parachute had to be air tight? It just has to have a lot of air resistance.
    I didn't say "air tight".

    I said "air tight enough".

    Your average blanket isn't going to work, just ask the kid who jumped off the barn roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    I didn't say "air tight".

    I said "air tight enough".

    Your average blanket isn't going to work, just ask the kid who jumped off the barn roof.
    I can attest to THAT one! Umbrellas don't work either and your Mom will use what's left of her favorite umbrella to beat the lesson into you.

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    OK, but it stands to reason that if it is only "air tight enough" then it is probably not "water tight enough".
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    Back to the point, why would you want a water tight hammock? I know I'm still a little wet behind the ears (that bad joke was for Hooch), but would a water tight hammock not collect water when you're in it? If your tarp is pitched correctly why would you need it to be water tight? Splatter effect?

    I bet the parachute material would feel great for a hammock. If memory serves, it is a very soft material.

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