Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26
  1. #1
    gargoyle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Middleville, Mi
    Hammock
    G-Bird II
    Tarp
    Ogee tarp
    Insulation
    AHE TQ DIY Down UQ
    Suspension
    whoop dutch!
    Posts
    6,091
    Images
    46

    Managing your guylines

    A few posts lately on "how-to-stow your guylines" got me thinking about a simple fool proof way to keep the lines coiled, tangle free and ready to go.
    I've tried several methods over time and some work and some don't.
    Hanking the line is nice and has done a good job. But it left a bunldle of line exposed that eventually became tangled with another bundle. And for me, sometimes worked its way loose.

    So I was thinking of a something that you could wrap the line on. I made a simple hourglass shape from a plastic lid and wrapped the line around that. That worked but was something more to carry and keep track of.
    Or to lose. And it still left something dangling to snag on something else.

    As I unwrapped the hourglass card, I was thinking if the card was attached somehow to the tarp. But that meant doing something permanent, like sewing the card to the tarp.
    I sat there for a minute, holding the webbing tie out in my hand, when a lightbulb went off.....wrap the line around the webbing tie out!

    So, I gave the guyline a wrap around the tie out and stuck the loose end back thru the larkshead, to see how well it would perform.
    Gave it a good test, shaking, flopping, whipping the bundle everywhere, simulating a windy day or packing the tarp. Good! Everything stayed put! Didn't come loose, didn't unravel. Tried the wild shake again, still in place.

    Tried it with mason's line, dynaglide, string, it all worked well.

    So, on with the pictoral, for those who don't like to read. Or don't want to hear my rambling...

    I started out with a simple overhand knot/bowline that I larksheaded to the tieout.
    guyline wrap 003.jpg

    Started the wrapping process. Not so tight as to crush the tie out.
    guyline wrap 004.jpg

    Down to the last little bit, this was 8 feet of a cheapo braided utility line, like masons line I picked up at the hardware store for $4 for 300 ft., iirc.
    guyline wrap 006.jpg

    Take the tail and guide it thru the larkshead loop and gently snug it up.
    guyline wrap 009.jpg

    Finished results. I call it the "bee-hive" . Simple and easy. When you need the line, pull the tail free and unwind from the tie out. No tangles. No knots. No bundle hanging out.
    guyline wrap 007.jpg

    So far it seems to solve the tangling issue. Easy to do with no special techniques, or fancy knot work. Stays put till you need it.

    If I tried to yank it free without first removing the tail the bundle locked up and reminded my to untuck the tail. So fairly idiot proof, even for me.
    Simple, easy and not hard to do.
    Hopefully it will help others. Give it a try, and let me know what you think.
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

  2. #2
    Redoleary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Pennfield Twp, MI
    Hammock
    DIY gathered end
    Tarp
    Hinterland gear
    Insulation
    down bag
    Suspension
    strap & E.T.'s
    Posts
    3,183
    Images
    69
    Good idea G!
    Good luck,
    RED

    My Youtube Channel

    Deep peace of the running wave to you.
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
    Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
    Deep peace without end to you.
    adapted from - ancient gaelic runes

  3. #3
    Mountain Gout's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Hammock
    Wbbb 1.1dbl.- Traveler multicam 1.9
    Tarp
    Superfly- Edge
    Insulation
    Phinc-burrow- H.R.
    Posts
    1,259
    I like....
    We would be one step closer to world peace, if everyone slept in a hammock..

  4. #4
    Senior Member Ewker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Old Hickory, Tn
    Hammock
    Henry Shires Tarp Tent
    Tarp
    with a tent?
    Insulation
    Helium down bag
    Posts
    4,120
    one reason I like the Speer no tangle line. I can leave my lines loose on the tarp and they just pull right out
    There are times that the only way you can do something is alone – that waiting on the convenience of others means that a lot of opportunities will pass you by
    Spirit Walker

    Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.” ― Mark Twain

    Who cares about showers, gourmet food, using flush toilets. Just keep on walking and being away from it all.

  5. #5
    BrianWillan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
    Hammock
    Martian Bridge (DIY)
    Tarp
    Ogee / UGQ B.A.T.
    Insulation
    HG Inc-BE / Wiggys
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    1,864
    Images
    7
    That technique works well for guy lines that don't have a self tensioner in them. I use the Whoopieslings.com style guy lines with a tubing self tensioner on the loop end at the stake. I figure 8 coil my lines and secure with a velcro cable wrap (rubber band would work too). Even with rolling up 2 hanks with the tarp fabric to fit into my snake skins is no issue.

    As the saying goes, do what works best for your situation.

    Cheers

    Brian

  6. #6
    gargoyle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Middleville, Mi
    Hammock
    G-Bird II
    Tarp
    Ogee tarp
    Insulation
    AHE TQ DIY Down UQ
    Suspension
    whoop dutch!
    Posts
    6,091
    Images
    46
    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    one reason I like the Speer no tangle line. I can leave my lines loose on the tarp and they just pull right out
    I know. Just another options for folks.
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

  7. #7
    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
    Elegant!!!
    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

  8. #8
    Senior Member Ewker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Old Hickory, Tn
    Hammock
    Henry Shires Tarp Tent
    Tarp
    with a tent?
    Insulation
    Helium down bag
    Posts
    4,120
    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    I know. Just another options for folks.
    that is true....carry on
    There are times that the only way you can do something is alone – that waiting on the convenience of others means that a lot of opportunities will pass you by
    Spirit Walker

    Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.” ― Mark Twain

    Who cares about showers, gourmet food, using flush toilets. Just keep on walking and being away from it all.

  9. #9
    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
    4,179
    Images
    129
    Thanks for the ideas and the writeup. I'm going to try this.

  10. #10
    Senior Member Bomber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    In my hammock! On the trail!
    Hammock
    Hanging...
    Tarp
    Up...
    Insulation
    Down...
    Suspension
    Tight at 30'
    Posts
    1,355
    Images
    8
    I like the K.I.S.S approach - no extra´s, nothing to break and no weight.... perfect
    /Bomber.LTD
    Member of the infamous "Hyperborean Hang Gang"
    ]
    "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
    -Thomas Edison
    "If there is anything bigger than my ego in here, i want it dragged outside and shot"!!!
    -Zap Brannigan

    To much time on your hands? Waste some time here

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
  •