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    Tarp Question

    Hi
    I made my own hammock awhile ago, and would like a tarp for winter and the rain. My hammock is about 3-4yards long. And i was wondering how long my tarp should be. I plan on doing the diamond shape on, with two corners attached to the tree, and the other to pegged into the ground. Thanks, and if there are any good sites to buy material or the tarps already made,
    Thanks

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    You'll want the tarp's ridgeline 18-24" longer than the hammock on each side. Your hammock's ridgeline is probably just under 9', so the tarp's ridgeline should be 12-13'.

    Figure out what kind of diamond shape you want. Making a square tarp (hung diagonally like the JRB makes it a "diamond") with that length of ridgeline will be difficult b/c material usually comes in widths of ~60". The ridgeline won't end up straight down the hammock.

    If you make an elongated diamond, it should probably be a little longer so you still get good side coverage at the ends.

    Or just go all out and use the BlackCat instructions.
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    Get a 9 x 9 neo tarp, it's the perfect size.

    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=97247

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    So the 9 x 9, is in feet right. So then if i put it diagonally, i wont change the shape, just turn it. The length would be 12 feet. That would cover me for sure.
    And 30$ is cheaper i think then i can buy the material.
    Thanks again
    Ill next how do i connect the tarp to the ridge line....

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    Quote Originally Posted by imagine.peace View Post
    So the 9 x 9, is in feet right. So then if i put it diagonally, i wont change the shape, just turn it. The length would be 12 feet. That would cover me for sure.
    And 30$ is cheaper i think then i can buy the material.
    Thanks again
    Ill next how do i connect the tarp to the ridge line....
    It's actually a little longer than 12 feet. Cant remember exactly. 12 something.
    I do remember needing at least 14 feet between trees last time I used mine.
    "Every day above ground is a good day"

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    If it's really 9'x9', the ridgeline would be ~12' 8".

    You can get away with shorter ridgelines and stay plenty dry. The MacCat Standard has a 125" ridgeline, for example...just over 10'. And the JRB 8'x8' is only a few inches longer. Just depends on how long your hammock's ridgeline is (or an imaginary horizontal line between the knots if you don't use a ridgeline) and on how much coverage you want.

    Personally, I'm satisfied with the coverage from both the MacCat Standard and JRB 8x8. Others want more, a few are comfortable with less (i.e. the stock HH tarps). It's all a matter of personal preference and style...so my 12-13' comment earlier was a bit of an overstatement.

    Lots of folks are happy with the coverage and price from the 9x9 neo tarp...and for many, that's enough to overlook the weight. It only weighs about 10-12 oz more than some other lightweight tarps, so it certainly won't break your back!

    FYI - for $30 you could make a 10x12 tarp using Ed's $4/yd silnylon, including shipping. Or a huge 10x45 tarp if you find it for $1/yd at Walmart!
    Last edited by Just Jeff; 07-28-2007 at 16:51.
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    Perfect, that all sounds great. The only thing is i love in canada, ontario. And the walmarts here i dont think carry that silinylon stuff. And if they do they have no clue about it, and i dont know what i look for to make sure its the proper stuff. So i may be getting the material from eddie
    thanks
    welll i love canada, but i also LIVE there.
    Last edited by imagine.peace; 07-28-2007 at 17:04.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imagine.peace View Post
    ...The only thing is i love in canada, ontario....
    Hehe - I love all over the world, but I get my silnylon at Walmart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    Hehe - I love all over the world, but I get my silnylon at Walmart.
    Does your wife know this?

    BTW, not mentioned above but the 9X9 is meant to be hung on a diagonal.
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