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    I vote number 3 for the same reasons given by KerMegan. The hem is the strong point of the tarp so I'd try to transfer the loads to there first. That's what I did with my cat cut hex and it's worked just fine so far.
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    I am leaning hard toward #3 as well. I can't think of a good reason to stitch across the body of the tarp. And by far #3 is easiest to do.

    But I do like the #4 JohnSawyer solution too. Since I don't have gg within my hem like KerMegan, it seems it would add some stability to the edge to wrap it like that.

    But I doubt it's necessary and it's not as simple.

    I think I'm probably doing #3 without the patch unless somebody talks me out of it with a spectacular "fail" story or a more elegant idea...

    or?
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    I vote #4.... with the gros grain along the edges of the entire tarp
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    FWIW, Cooke Custom Sewing

    of Minnesota makes their Tundra Tarps (flat tarps much loved by canoeists) with the #3 picture corner attachments. Dan Cooke's tarps are famous for not failing in nasty wind. I can vouch for that!

    Not to say that other designs will not work, but my experience is with #3.

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    Well, #3 with no sandwich was just so simple I have to try it. I can always add reinforcement if I feel the need. I'll try to hang it soon to get a feel for it.

    Thanks for all the input!



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    Excellent choice, looks really good.
    Good luck,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Excellent choice, looks really good.
    Thanks Red. Yours is much nicer looking...

    Sometimes you just have to take a leap though. I didn't even try to sew a straight line once I decided what to do.

    I've been known to over think things...
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    That is EXACTLY it, with one difference... Fold the corner of the tarp back so the GG is about 1" apart at the edges... shoot, where's that camera...

    Edit: Here it is...

    Terrible pic (ipod touch and a headlamp).

    This is on my minimalist tarp. It's been hanging for a week in my back yard... hasn't seen any "action" yet...

    Realistically, I'd go with door #1. It has always worked. Or #2. umm... crud. I'm no help.

    I think ALL of the above will work fine. Here's a thread that did some actual load testing: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ieout+strength
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    BAM!



    So far I really like the way these work. Tension seems to be in just the right place.

    Thanks all!
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    happyfngy, I really like the way that you implemented #3.
    Let us know how it works in the field because I think I'm going to adopt this method as my normal tie-out method.
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