Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    OutandBack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Hammock
    Snipe WinterGnome
    Tarp
    TtTTG 12x10
    Insulation
    WL-TQ/UQ, HG 3/4UQ
    Suspension
    stock
    Posts
    4,232
    Images
    129

    ??? Best knots to use with shock cord.

    Hi Guys,
    I want to permanently install 8' shock cord on my tarp pullouts.
    Since this stuff is kinda stretchy what's the best knot to use for the pullout as well as the stake end?
    Would a simple overhand knot work?

  2. #2
    Senior Member Highbinder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    A Scot in Spain
    Hammock
    DIY + whoopie SLR
    Tarp
    Golite poncho tarp
    Insulation
    Down UQ / Down bag
    Suspension
    Amsteel whoopies
    Posts
    236
    Images
    5
    Hey there. I put shockcord loops on my tarp tieouts. About a 4-5" diametre. I used a double fishermans bend,



    to lock the loop.

    On my actual tieouts I tied a figure 8 loop,



    And then just larkshead it onto the shockcord loops.

    I like it because it's flexible. Easy to replace/remove the cord lengths for packing away or if I need to change out the cord, and if one of the shockcords go I can just larkshead the tieout the same over the tarp tieout loop

  3. #3
    Rat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Bertram, Texas
    Hammock
    DIY 126 x 60 Tablecloth
    Tarp
    JRB 10 x 11
    Insulation
    MMG IX Universal
    Suspension
    Whoopie
    Posts
    1,101
    Images
    22
    Just like Highbinder I use the double fisherman's bend to join/make a loop, I then lark's head it to the tarp tie outs. Instead of adding a figure of eight loop tho I use a simple slipped double sheet bend to tie on my guy lines. I also use limiters on my tensioners.
    "I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Mal Reynolds
    Mind of a Rat Youtube Channel

  4. #4
    MAD777's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    South Florida
    Hammock
    DIY, WBBB & Switchback
    Tarp
    HG cuben,OES Spinn
    Insulation
    DIY down 3/4 UQ/TQ
    Suspension
    Dynaglide & Dutch
    Posts
    8,601
    Images
    39
    I use a double fishermans but make a loop out of it. That way, two strands are sharing the load.

  5. #5
    in it for the naps oldgringo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Checotah, Oklahoma
    Hammock
    Varies
    Tarp
    GargoyleGear Ogee
    Insulation
    UQ-varies w/season
    Suspension
    onrope buckle
    Posts
    5,982
    Just about any knot you want to use will stick with shock cord...I use a single fisherman's bend to make loops...it just won't slip.

    8 feet of sc is too much, for several reasons. There are a number of very good designs to be found here on HF. Do some searching/reading before you cut.
    Dave

    http://www.uark.edu/misc/xtimber/rna/pattonsbluff.html

    It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
    John Steinbeck

  6. #6
    Senior Member Barefoot Child's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Charlotte, Michigan
    Hammock
    WB Tribe
    Tarp
    OGeeTarp & OES
    Insulation
    PHOENIX/BURROW
    Suspension
    Webbing N Whoopie
    Posts
    1,350
    I agree with OldGringo...8' of shock cord may be too much.

    Remember it stretches, and what is originally 8' will be longer when stretched. HYOH/YMMV
    "If'n I'm gonna fall, someone is gonna' watch."
    Sean Emery

  7. #7
    OutandBack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Hammock
    Snipe WinterGnome
    Tarp
    TtTTG 12x10
    Insulation
    WL-TQ/UQ, HG 3/4UQ
    Suspension
    stock
    Posts
    4,232
    Images
    129
    Thanks everyone for your photos and ideas.

    I will hold off on cutting until I setup the tarp.

  8. #8
    Senior Member Highbinder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    A Scot in Spain
    Hammock
    DIY + whoopie SLR
    Tarp
    Golite poncho tarp
    Insulation
    Down UQ / Down bag
    Suspension
    Amsteel whoopies
    Posts
    236
    Images
    5
    Also, you mentioned best knot for the tent peg end, too? I believe a lot of people use a clove hitch. I just use a marlen spike hitch (I'm a knot-noobie) as I find it real quick to tie.

  9. #9
    WV's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    southeast WV
    Hammock
    DIY
    Posts
    3,691
    Images
    204
    OG rules. Single fisherman's knot to make a 12" loop (max) in 1/8" shock cord attached to the tie-out point. Then use a lighter, cheaper, less stretchy line attached to the loop.

  10. #10
    MAD777's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    South Florida
    Hammock
    DIY, WBBB & Switchback
    Tarp
    HG cuben,OES Spinn
    Insulation
    DIY down 3/4 UQ/TQ
    Suspension
    Dynaglide & Dutch
    Posts
    8,601
    Images
    39
    Yeah, I start with only 12" of 1/8" nylon shock cord to make my loops and end up trimming an inch off both ends of the knot, so I'm really using only 10" of shock cord for the loops.

    The remainder of the guy line is 1.75 Zing-It. That much strength is not needed but it's easy to work with and not much of anything is actually lighter. I buy it in 180 foot spools from Redden Marine. (My wife is always wondering why she is constantly picking up little bits of yellow string)

    BTW: I recently ordered a few feet of 1/8" PolyPro shock cord to compare. Well, it has much more stretch than nylon and IMO isn't suitable.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •