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    24" .210" OD Carbon Fiber Tubes

    I'm wondering if anyone knows whether or not these would be rigid enough to use as spreader bars on a Switchback's bug netting? I'm looking at them online so it is difficult for me to determine. And how hard would it be to cut them down to 22"? Perhaps someone has a better suggestion for spreaders. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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    I don't know for sure if they will be strong enough as you don't list the wall thickness, but carbon fibre is very suitable for this job. I have carbon fishing rod sections of that OD that would easily work as spreader bars.

    Cutting carbon tubes is dead easy with a sharp flat metal file. Use the file edge to cut the tube(wear a dust mask) and it will make a quick perfect cut with little fraying. Hacksaws don't work very well, leaving frayed ends.

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    Thanks, Turnerminator. I have found some .25" OD. I think I will give them a try. They're cheap. I was concerned about cutting the carbon fiber with a hacksaw. I hadn't even thought about a file.

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    If they are the same as the 0.210" OD carbon tubes I use, they have an ID of 0.132". I cut them with a fine tooth wood saw in a miter box... two or three quick motions for each cut!

    I have a special use for that particular 0.210" OD/0.132" ID carbon tube. It's part of a pole mod set. Now that I have designed a way for Molly Mac Pack stiffeners to be removable, I will nest three carbon tubes, one inside the other, and slide two sets into a MMP. After removing the stiffeners, they can be put together for a tarp pole mod!

    I think a 0.210" OD tube is too flexible for a bridge hammock spreader.

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    Specifications

    * Length: 24" (610mm)
    * Outside diameter: .210" (5.3mm)
    * Inside diameter: .132" (3.4mm)
    * Weight: .520 grams/inch

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    What size would you recommend, MacEntyre? I'd like to use a short rod inside to join them together so I can reduce the length of the tubes.

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    I just noticed that you thought these were for a bridge hammock. I'm only going to use them as spreaders on a Switchback's bug netting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whayneneal View Post
    I just noticed that you thought these were for a bridge hammock. I'm only going to use them as spreaders on a Switchback's bug netting?
    Geez! You would think I could have read that the first time!
    What size would you recommend, MacEntyre? I'd like to use a short rod inside to join them together so I can reduce the length of the tubes.
    Almost any of them will do. 0.210" OD is plenty strong for that application!

    Use the 0.125" OD tube to join them together.
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    Thanks. I'm interested in that pole mod application. Is it on your website?

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    The pole mod is still in my mind!
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