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    Re: Techniques For Make Your Own Shock Cord Tarp Tensioners

    Quote Originally Posted by NibiruMagick View Post
    could a hair tie work just as well?
    Although I currently shave my head... I had long hair for a very long time... And I wouldn't trust them the ones without the metal ends usually bust open at the seam, and the ones with the metal end I would hate to sho e those sharp corners in the stuff sack with ny tarp...

    But not saying it won't work, give it a shot and let us know...
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    This place is great. I can't wait to get home and add these to my hammock setups. Thanks all.

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    Has anyone here tried attaching the shock cord right to the tarp and then attaching the guyline to the shock cord?
    This seems like it would be much easier and simpler.

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    Re: Techniques For Make Your Own Shock Cord Tarp Tensioners

    Quote Originally Posted by spaceantelope View Post
    Has anyone here tried attaching the shock cord right to the tarp and then attaching the guyline to the shock cord?
    This seems like it would be much easier and simpler.
    Yes a lot of people do... But the issue I have with it is when the shock cord breaks you lose your line... I have had shock cord break too many times due to heat to trust me solely...
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    After reading this I tried this weekend. Worked great! Thanks!

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    Excellent, thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NibiruMagick View Post
    could a hair tie work just as well?
    Hair ties are too weak---and I do have long hair, have for over three decades now; the elasticity of all hair ties are too low to handle the kind of stress imposed by tarps to be effective at all. Fabric stores, hardware stores, marine supply stores and other places sell shockcord that would work fine, but hair ties won't last very long and won't provide enough tension to merit the effort.


    Quote Originally Posted by spaceantelope View Post
    Has anyone here tried attaching the shock cord right to the tarp and then attaching the guyline to the shock cord?
    This seems like it would be much easier and simpler.
    As mentioned already, if your shockcord breaks you lose your tarp guy. In cold weather some shockcord loses a lot of elasticity and either won't work as effectively (providing less tautness) or will become brittle and break. Like any rubber, it will start to age soon after it's made and will eventually break, it's just a matter of time. Using the shockcord in the middle of a length of cordage is a 'fail safe' design to prevent damage/loss of your tarp.

    I followed this post and experimented with the shockcord tensioners soon after it was posted to hammockforums...so awesome it's still getting attention and feedback after all these years! Still a great, simple, and effective design!

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    I used 24" of shock cord ONLY as my tarp tensioners on my superfly. They are tied directly to the loops on the tarp and then wrapped around the stakes to form self tightening loops as Brandon shows in his SuperFly instructional.

    Is there an advantage to using the method explained in this thread rather than using all shock cord?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildewudu View Post
    As mentioned already, if your shockcord breaks you lose your tarp guy. In cold weather some shockcord loses a lot of elasticity and either won't work as effectively (providing less tautness) or will become brittle and break. Like any rubber, it will start to age soon after it's made and will eventually break, it's just a matter of time. Using the shockcord in the middle of a length of cordage is a 'fail safe' design to prevent damage/loss of your tarp.
    Quote Originally Posted by dixoncreations View Post
    Is there an advantage to using the method explained in this thread rather than using all shock cord?
    Edit, clearly there is.

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    Video?

    I love the instructions provided with pictures here. I am definitively going to try make some of these for my tarp my partner's superfly tarp. I am trying to explain how they will work and look like and she isn't understanding. I know I saw a video on how they work and how to tie the knots etc. but for the life of me I can't find it again on youtube. Anyone know of this video and can provide the link it would be much appreciated. Thanks!! This community has been great for a new hammock hanger like me!

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