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    Senior Member FireFlyburns's Avatar
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    I did it! My first DIY tarp!

    My first DIY tarp finished!
    A BIG thanks to all who helped me with my thread issue. This morning I went to Joannes and got thinner poly thread and a set of new needles. Set it up in the machine and had to adjust the tension a bit and it worked perfect.

    I spent all day today working on it. even skipped lunch and dinner. Got to Autozone just in time before they closed and got the silicone and sealed the bottom. And wouldn't you know an hour later what do I see in the sky? Rain clouds
    The silicone had already skinned over so I hung it up in the basement.
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    Looks like you have a nice tarp there. Must feel good to have your own DIY. Congrates.
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    FFB...Call it????hmmmm????

    Anyways ...I like the job you did the finished product is spiffy.
    The Tie out area looks VERY well done in particular.

    Did you have any thoughts for getting the type of tie out piece you have?
    Weight breaking point? temperature?

    I only PRAY my first one looks half as good as yours
    Tom

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    call it huge, that looks to be a large tarp, maybe its not i don't know but it sure looks it, very nicely done!!!
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    Nice job FFB, see what the right stuff can do!!
    And the Mrs. machine isn't broke.
    What size is the tarp?
    Where did you get that fabric..it's really nice.
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    Great Job! What was the most challenging part of the build? Any advice you can give to other DIYers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireFlyburns View Post
    My first DIY tarp finished!
    A BIG thanks to all who helped me with my thread issue. This morning I went to Joannes and got thinner poly thread and a set of new needles. Set it up in the machine and had to adjust the tension a bit and it worked perfect.

    I spent all day today working on it. even skipped lunch and dinner. Got to Autozone just in time before they closed and got the silicone and sealed the bottom. And wouldn't you know an hour later what do I see in the sky? Rain clouds
    The silicone had already skinned over so I hung it up in the basement.
    She's Beautiful! What should I name her?
    What fabric did you use for the corners? (The black material)

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    Senior Member FireFlyburns's Avatar
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    Thanks guys!
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    Did you have any thoughts for getting the type of tie out piece you have?
    Weight breaking point? temperature?

    Tom
    I got the plastic tie outs from REI. I have no idea the weight limit or temp.


    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    And the Mrs. machine isn't broke.
    What size is the tarp?
    Where did you get that fabric..it's really nice.
    I gave my wife a hard time because she didn't know thread was to thick either, and she's supposed to be the seamstress.

    the tarp is 7.5'X10'
    1.9oz 70D Multicam Coated Nylon
    http://www.duroindustries.com/index....ticam_Products

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountainfitter View Post
    Great Job! What was the most challenging part of the build? Any advice you can give to other DIYers...
    The most challenging was learning about thread thickness
    The middle seam was hard. the fabric came in 5 yards by 60" so I had to cut it in half and sew a french seam right in the middle. And unfortunately the seam runs width wise and not length wise. So I'm always gonna be worried about the ridge line being too tight and putting stress on the seam.
    I basically looked at a lot of pics on tarps and copied the design. The tie out points for the ridge line are purposely placed on a diagonal. This gives me a little more coverage where I need it and less where I don't. plus it brakes up the rectangle shape.
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    Senior Member FireFlyburns's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydweight View Post
    What fabric did you use for the corners? (The black material)
    I don't know. I got it from joannes. it is a heavier nylon than rip stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireFlyburns View Post
    I don't know. I got it from joannes. it is a heavier nylon than rip stop.
    Cool, Thanks. I just finished my own DIY hammock and stuff sack, so I'm all for doing my own fly now.

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