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    You can use 600D ballistic waterproof packcloth for a tarp if you want. The issue weight. My DIY tarps have all been treated ripstop. But then I'm not a long distance hiker so grams don't matter to me as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydweight View Post
    Can I use ripstop nylon for a tarp, or does if have to be silnylon? What's the difference?
    Ripstop just means that there is a grid pattern of heavier threads to help stop rips from spreading. It's a type of weave, and can be found in lots of different "formats".

    Silnylon is Ripstop nylon that has been saturated with silicone to make it waterproof. That's the key, whatever you use, it has to be waterproof.

    You can get ripstop with urethane coating, that will work as well.

    Uncoated Ripstop will not shed water. It's great for a hammock, horrible for a tarp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sclittlefield View Post
    Ripstop just means that there is a grid pattern of heavier threads to help stop rips from spreading. It's a type of weave, and can be found in lots of different "formats".

    Silnylon is Ripstop nylon that has been saturated with silicone to make it waterproof. That's the key, whatever you use, it has to be waterproof.

    You can get ripstop with urethane coating, that will work as well.

    Uncoated Ripstop will not shed water. It's great for a hammock, horrible for a tarp.
    Okay, and sorry for all the questions, but I ordered this ripstip from my wife's wedding fabric wholesaler. He didn't actually know the weight of it, and I don't know if it's got urethane coating, but one side seems to be more 'plasticky'. And I'm wondering if that is urethane coating. I know it might me hard to tell without seeing it but maybe my description will help. If it is urethane, I'll order some more to make me cat tarp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydweight View Post
    Okay, and sorry for all the questions ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydweight View Post
    Okay, and sorry for all the questions, but I ordered this ripstip from my wife's wedding fabric wholesaler. He didn't actually know the weight of it, and I don't know if it's got urethane coating, but one side seems to be more 'plasticky'. And I'm wondering if that is urethane coating. I know it might me hard to tell without seeing it but maybe my description will help. If it is urethane, I'll order some more to make me cat tarp.
    Wrap it around the shower head, with a good seal, and see if water comes through when you turn it on. Go slow on the pressure. That's one way to tell if it's properly coated.

    Also, if you've got a yard or so, you can form a bag with it and fill it with a gallon of water. Suspend that over the bath and see if any comes through, and if so, at what rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydweight View Post
    I ordered this ripstip from my wife's wedding fabric wholesaler. He didn't actually know the weight of it, and I don't know if it's got urethane coating,
    I would assume you can get a wholesale price on the fabric if you do it that way. There is nothing essentially wrong with that. However, for the purposes of something as important as your tarp you might want to consider purchasing from one of the vendors present in the forums. My reasoning is very simple.. It might be worth the extra $15-20 to get something where you know the specs and you know its right for the job. The _might be's_ bother me a little bit. For stuff sacks and other things... who cares. For a tarp... it might be worth it.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shevy77 View Post
    Several popular sizes have printable templates. See the attached.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...3&postcount=55

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    I love the templates, but what's the best way to attach them to the fabric so they don't fall when I'm trying to cut it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I would assume you can get a wholesale price on the fabric if you do it that way. There is nothing essentially wrong with that. However, for the purposes of something as important as your tarp you might want to consider purchasing from one of the vendors present in the forums. My reasoning is very simple.. It might be worth the extra $15-20 to get something where you know the specs and you know its right for the job. The _might be's_ bother me a little bit. For stuff sacks and other things... who cares. For a tarp... it might be worth it.
    That's true. Which vendors do you suggest?

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