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    So many great idea's where do I start.

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    tyvm made it very easy to make

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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    This is how I make my shock cord tensioners. It's a little different method than Youngblood's but it achieves the same results.

    Start out with approx. 12" of shock cord and approx. 5 1/2 feet of guy line:


    Tie a bow line knot in the end of the cord. This is what should attach the guy lines to your tarp. About 12" form the bow line also add a loop in the guy line:


    Next take the shock cord through the loop in the guy line and tie a double fisherman's knot to form a loop:



    To finish, stretch the shock cord loop toward the bow line end of the guy line. Once to have found the maximum stretch of the shock cord loop, tie it off to the guy line at this point. This will create a limiter that will keep the shock cord from breaking:


    A set of 4 of these shock cord tensioners (about 5' long each) weighs about .9 oz.
    This is a great demo/explanation, an't wait to try it on my own set up

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    Really nice writeup, thanks.

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    this looks easy enough for me to do! About to have the most tensiony tarp tensioners tensioning tension.

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    The question is though: Is it really necessary? I have a Big Mamajamba and follow Brandon's advice.

    Tie the ridgeline down rather tight. Then really pull on the guy lines (I use figure 9 for all tarp connections, so it is quite easy to pull pretty strongly yet with enough feel) to have a very tight setup.

    This ended up nice and strong after nights of rain, at least as tight as with bungee cords. Probably more. I feel the construction of this tarp is tough enough and offers that little give to protect it from gusts of wind.

    I do use bungee cords for the tie-outs though, but I am not sure it is really better.

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    I took the shock cord tensioners off the corner tie-outs on my Superfly. The result...much better. The tarp pitched tighter and stayed that way even in the morning after rain.

    I may take them off my MacCat tarp as well. I do use prussics on the corner tie-outs up at the tarp end of the line. I hate tying knots.

    I use short shock cord tensioners (6 inch or so) on my side pull outs though. Using all shock cord is too flimsy so I just use a short piece at the tarp and regular line for the rest.

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    I am making a set of these and keeping them in my bag, great idea.
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    So far using heavier shock cord has been brought up twice, the second time with some pretty good analysis, and no one has tried it?

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