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    versatile tensioners

    In my ongoing engagement with simplicity and versatility I aim to make things modular and useful (in more ways than one).

    A section of elastic tubing can be terminated with short cord loops and prusiked to the line; the opposite end (or fold) of the elastic tubing, attached to the tarp.

    Such tensioners are easily removed and remain ready to serve other purposes (spear fishing sling, sling shot/bow, &c.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pizza View Post
    I replied quite some time ago about these tensioners. They do work well however I have found that tying the shock cord loop into the tie-out line is really an unnecessary complexity and actually is more tangle prone. If you are using good quality 1/8 inch dia. shock cord all you need to do is a tie a small loop of shock cord to each of your four tarp tie-outs. Then tie your tie-out lines directly to the shock cord loops. When pitching the tarp nice and tight it usually stretches the shock cord 70% to 90% of the way. I've been doing it this way all year now on the same shock cord loops and they are holding up just fine. Your tarp tie out lines are going to break or your tarp is going to tear before the shock cord is going to break in gale force winds.
    I have been considering doing this too. Seems like the simplest solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwieb View Post
    I have been considering doing this too. Seems like the simplest solution.
    This is the way I did it as well...seems simple and easy.

    I took 12" of shock cord, looped it through the tie outs, then used "mini" whoopie slings for the remainder of the line down to the stake. Easily adjustable and no extra hardware.

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    This is a very clever and useful idea. My only question is how do they do in cold weather? Do they freeze and not take up the slack?

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    You could use a "Constrictor" knot if you don't have faith in the "Clove Hitch". Tied this way you don't need and end it can be tied on the bite. It is considered a permanent knot but I've always been able to untie them.










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    shock cord alone

    Quote Originally Posted by theerb View Post
    Shock cord is like .10 a foot at REI - I was planning on just using it alone for my tie-outs. Anyon ehave trouble with that in the past? I figure paracoed for the ridgeline and shockcord for the tie outs?
    I was thinking about this as well, but haven't seen any responses to this question. Would this work, or is it too much stretch? Or is it a weight issue?

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    The wind is more likely to break a shock cord than a guy line. I'd use a guy line and just use the shock cord to take up the slack. That way if it breaks, your tarp isn't flapping around.
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    Makes sense. Thanks for the info.

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    Great info tried some techniques and made some great tarp tensioners for about a dollar total thanks guys
    Its better to be prepared for something that may not happen then to be unprepared for something that does happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duane View Post
    I was thinking about this as well, but haven't seen any responses to this question. Would this work, or is it too much stretch? Or is it a weight issue?
    I use shock cord alone. I have not had any problem, but I'm rethinking it after reading this.

    jw

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