Preventing tangled lines
How do you store your tarp ridge lines or hammock webbing to prevent tangles and help speed up deployment?
For my tarp ridgeline I hank it by looping it in figure 8's around my thumb and pinky then an elastic to keep it together. For my webbing I fold it over back and forth accordion style in my hand and then use an elastic to keep it together or I just stuff it in the stuff sac with the hammock. Don't seem to get tangles doing these methods.
Well first, you need to find a live chicken, bat droppings, the right eye of a bullfrong, and a piece of the line you're using for tarp lines.
Wrapping them around my fingers in a fig 8 then wrapping the lose end around the mass of line usually does the trick. Still, it's thin line so it's gonna tangle every now and again. I use BishopBags for my hammocks. I leave the webbing outside the bag and wrap it around. Keeps it from tangling, but mostly it keeps wet straps away from my hammock.
I just wrap the webbing around the outside of the bag. It never tangles. For my tarp line, I use Zing-It, so it's pretty good about not tangling. But, like others have mentioned, I spread my fingers Vulcan style and figure-eight the line around my fingers. I bought a pack of quarter-sized elastic hair scrunchies from the dollar store. It came with about twenty. I larks-headed one to each corner of my tarp. When I store my tarp, I figure eight the tie-out lines, wrap the tag end around the bundle several times, then put it in the scrunchie and roll it up on each corner. That keeps the tie-out lines nice and neat , and if it is raining, I'll bundle the excess line up the same way when the tarp is hung.
BTW, I didn't mention how I undo the line, and I think that is important. With figure-eighted line, I find it is best to simply toss it or drop it after unwrapping the tag end. It seems to naturally unwind properly. If I try to fiddle with it too much, it tends to knot up on me.
Been wrapping my tarp lines around the end of my tarp at the ridgeline attachment ... I double the tarp bit over the figure 9 and then just do a speed wrap from the inside to out. I like it that way .... comes of with no tangles and I wrap warp speed.
For elastic "scrunchies" you can use Nacrabiners made with 3/32" bungee cord. I keep them permanently attached to the free ends of suspension whoopie slings so they're right at hand (literally) as I finish doing the figure-8 wind on my fingers. They're easier to wrap around the cord and fasten than a closed loop elastic.
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