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    My DIY Tarp!

    OK, so I made my DIY hammock, so I needed a tarp. And after alot of figuring, and plotting, and cutting, and "gear making"(sewing to the ground folk), here is what I made. I will test it this weekend in Pine Grove Furnace camping with Boy Scouts.
    Hopefully I remember to take pics, because I know 'da rules, no pics, it didn't happen!
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    Very nice! What material did you use and what's your total weight?

    ~Dan

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    I used rip stop that I bought at JoAnn's, the total weight is 28 oz. I don't know if that's good or bad, but it's my first tarp, and I am happy so far.
    I'll know how happy after this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyBoy2k View Post
    Very nice! What material did you use and what's your total weight?

    ~Dan
    What he said.

    Why are the green strengthening patches so small? Was that a design plan (or flaw)? The material you used for the tarp itself looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundy71 View Post
    I used rip stop that I bought at JoAnn's, the total weight is 28 oz. I don't know if that's good or bad, but it's my first tarp, and I am happy so far.
    I'll know how happy after this weekend.
    We posted at the same time...

    So, did you silicone coat this ripstop? Cause it's not water-proof...probably not terrible water resistant either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonely Raven View Post
    Why are the green strengthening patches so small? Was that a design plan (or flaw)?

    So, did you silicone coat this ripstop? Cause it's not water-proof...probably not terrible water resistant either.
    Thanks DannyBoy2K, and Lonely Raven.

    Well, the strengthening patches are a design flaw I guess, like I said, it's my first tarp, so I hope my skills will advance with more projects. They were based on the dimensions in Blackbishop's instructions for the BlackCat, but I kind of went my own way. So the patches became smaller

    I have not water proofed this tarp, yet. I did try a small leak test though. I poured a glass of water on the tarp, at the ridge, and the tried to work the water into the tarp with my hands, but it stayed dry on the inside. So I am going to use it this weekend, and see how it goes, I do have the silicone and mineral spirits to make my own sil waterproofing. I just have not done that yet.
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    After I was done playing with my tarp, I made a ridgeline organizer for myself. I was always putting things next to my hammock, in my shoes, now I can put them in this.
    Note the elastic around the top of the water bottle. The bottle kept leaning over, so this was an afterthought. I should have made the water bottle pocket deeper, or maybe just a separate bottle holder altogether.
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    That looks pretty cool!

    Tell us how the waterproofing goes. I have a bunch of the Joanne stuff, I've just not gotten around to waterproofing it yet (nor building my tarp for that matter)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundy71 View Post
    After I was done playing with my tarp, I made a ridgeline organizer for myself. .
    Your on a roll mate! What next?
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    Oh, (clapping) I love both projects. I think the green gives the tarp some cool flare and the organizer is great! Good show!!

    I can't wait to hear how you do.

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