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    Droopy and wet

    Set up my tarp Friday, forecast was for rain! Used my singleline tarp suspension, running the line over the tarp. As the zing it got wet, and the wind blew around 20-30 mph gusts, my prussics slid. Also had some rain get on the topquilt.
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    Saturday and Sunday was forecasted for rain as well..So, I had to fix it, or at least try. Added another wrap on my prussics, ran the tarp over the ridge. Worked much better, and had no issues with rain entering via the line. Good results and dry both nights. Prussics held and the tarp did not sag.
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    Gargoyle - one year ago you joined the forum. Happy anniversary!

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    happy anniversary!!!!!....wow a whole year, and yet to say anything intelligent.

    Thanks Trout, for being that to my attention.
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    Atta feller boy ... just tighten them there prussiks and stop the droop!!!!
    Way to take one for the team.
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    Was that ridgeline from Opie or was that a DIY ridgeline? Worried about the Prussiks sag ....
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    ditto what quest asked. how many "turns" (is that the proper term?) did you use for the prussiks before/after?
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    i use 5 turns on all my prussics. This is also why i use speer no tangle for my ridgeline, i use zingit or whatever for my prussics though. The speer is stuff and wont sag, has a 275lb strength(plenty for a tarp), and is really light. Because of its grippy nature, the prussics stay put.

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    quest,GP.. there were only three wraps/turns on the originals, one more wrap to bring the new setup to four ! I figured I up the ante, one at a time to see what worked, or switch to a kliemhiest or other friction knot, gotta experiment...
    DIY on the whole setup. Custom carbon fiber toggles, tethered to the line with continous loops.

    Ike, I can't believe you use soooo many wraps...I thought you were shaving grams and oz. (all that rope must weigh a ton)
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    I am shaving weight, but i've used prussics before, 3 wraps is way to few, 5 wraps and finished like a hennessy prussic is the way to go. You a hater too? j/k =P

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    Weird! I was just about to post a similar thread on my nearly similar experience. Not to hijack a thread, but to support the full ridgeline idea.

    I recently switched to a full length ridgeline for my tarp. As I had it at hand, I used 550 cord for the ridgeline, & some of Ed Speer's no tangle cord for the prussic's.
    First night: ridgeline under tarp, distance tree to tree about 25', tarp 13.5' long, two drip strings made of 1 strand each 550 inner core. That night it rained, I stayed dry, due to a pressing all day "previous commitment" I left everything up the next day. It rained all day while I was gone. On return home 15 hrs later, my hammock was damp, the ridgeline was SOAKED it's full length. Inboard of the tarp, my whoopie slings were dry. Thankfully, my (synthetic) underquilt was mostly dry(ish) & my (down) top quilt was safely stowed in its bag. When I lay down the next night, I got dripped on directly below the ridgeline.
    2nd night: not as much rain, but I had switched the ridgeline to above the tarp. I suspect that I didn't like going over the tarp just cause I'm OLD & that seems "weird" to me, so I resisted. Besides, I like having a clothes line
    BUT, all stayed dry this time. & set up was slightly easier than the tarp over the ridgeline set up.
    On topic: my prussic's stayed put as best I could tell, the 550 cord did stretch, as expected, but one end is another prussic so adjusting tension is super easy. And as the tarp is also set up with prussics, adjusting the tarp to allow for the stretch & tightening is easy to do.


    Summary:
    Wet stuff: I suspect that my drip lines did not work for 2 reasons, they were quite small & the design of the 550 cord make it a tube & the water was able to bypass the drip lines by going thru the center of the cord much like a pipe.

    Prussics not slipping; My prussics are very much smaller than the 550 cord, much like when used for climbing, so they (seem) to grip the ridgeline better.
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