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    How to make ripstop waterproof?

    Just scored several yards of ripstop from wally's $1 bin in Cullman, Al ... Measured the dimensions and the weight, did the math, ~ 1.09 oz/yd. Planned to use it for a tarp... but... it fails the water test.

    So... Can you DIY to make ripstop into sil? If not, can you add reliable waterproofing for less $ than it would cost to just buy sil from Ed? I don't want to waste time making a leaky tarp! But I also don't like the thought that I just blew 10 bucks on fabric that I probably won't use up anytime soon. I can make a few things, but 30'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tight-wad View Post
    Just scored several yards of ripstop from wally's $1 bin in Cullman, Al ... Measured the dimensions and the weight, did the math, ~ 1.09 oz/yd. Planned to use it for a tarp... but... it fails the water test.

    So... Can you DIY to make ripstop into sil? If not, can you add reliable waterproofing for less $ than it would cost to just buy sil from Ed? I don't want to waste time making a leaky tarp! But I also don't like the thought that I just blew 10 bucks on fabric that I probably won't use up anytime soon. I can make a few things, but 30'?
    30 FEET WILL MAKE THREE 10 FOOT HAMMOCKS.... AHHHHH .... THE POSSIBILITIES......
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    But, its 1.1 oz. Unless you're making it for a munchkin, I would not trust it to hold much weight. Especially my 200 lbs.

    I will use some for a quilt, but I really want a tarp.

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    Originally Posted by tight-wad
    Just scored several yards of ripstop from wally's $1 bin in Cullman, Al ... Measured the dimensions and the weight, did the math, ~ 1.09 oz/yd

    I guess you re did the math..... I have used 1.1 oz for hammocks and I weigh 205 .... have held me so far, just hope I am not being overly optimistic....
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREEN THERAPY View Post
    Originally Posted by tight-wad
    Just scored several yards of ripstop from wally's $1 bin in Cullman, Al ... Measured the dimensions and the weight, did the math, ~ 1.09 oz/yd

    I guess you re did the math..... I have used 1.1 oz for hammocks and I weigh 205 .... have held me so far, just hope I am not being overly optimistic....
    i made a hammock out of 1.1oz last year. it did fine for a while, but one night... RRRRIIIPPPPPP, thud
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    i made a hammock out of 1.1oz last year. it did fine for a while, but one night... RRRRIIIPPPPPP, thud
    do you know where the rip started from, the edge or in the middle of hammock? ..... I have been using velcro closures for the double hull hammock that is made from 1.1 and it runs full length of the edge of the hammock and into the whipping. The hammock is top loading so the edge with the velcro is the side I get in from and gives the outer edge more strength.

    The last one I built as a single hull hammock and sewed a one inch poly strap the full length and into the whipping on the edge I will be getting in the hammock from. I sew the bug net to the opposite side and zipper on the re inforced side, so the main edge strain is always on that side...
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    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...hlight=silicon

    here is a previous thread that talks about what you want
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    There's a link at jdbasecamp.com that talks about waterproofing a non-waterproof material. He just painted it with thinned out silicone.

    So while it's possible to do that, I'd make a two-layer hammock from the 1.1 oz and just get the sil from somewhere else.
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    yes you can. we were talking about this a few weeks ago here:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...e+your+own+sil

    go for it.

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    Ok - I'll go for it. In the other thread somebody talked about using a vaccume? Could somebody explain that a little further? Stick it in the vacuum cleaner?

    Just Jeff - already have one double bottom, but don't have a mac cat tarp. Thought about using it for a double bottom bridge, but that project is further down the to-do list.

    ps - my wife is getting suspecious about all this fabric I'm bringing home. Have to quickly convert it into something....

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