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    dont get the "salmon bungee" those are really long and sortof overkill for tarp tensioners (read: too much flex)
    the Dipsy Diver Snubber is what you need, in 6 or 8 in. length. I use 6 in. at all 4 tie-outs on my MacCat micro. works like a charm. I have also used them to keep silnylon tarps taught while ground sleeping. Great thing about them is the snap swivel can be attached and removed very quickly.

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    I wonder how they stand up to the cold? Freezer experiment anyone?

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    Thanks Mike! I'm gonna try them.

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    just a heads up, the Bass Pro in Phoenix carries these things... not much salmon around here so I suppose all the BPS's carry them. I bought a spare. $3
    I could also assume that because these are latex and designed for use with downriggers in very deep/cold water they should work below freezing. The dacron line inside is 100lb test.

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    I never got around to getting these but I did find my local Ace Hardware had latex tubing so I got 15' of that. I made up auto-tensioners per Just Jeff's instructions and I will try them out tomorrow on the tarp. The only thing I did differently than Jeff was to use zip ties instead of inner strands from Paracord to secure the knots in the tube. It's a lot easier than tying knots with thin Paracord.


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    I saw something at WalMart that might work well for tarp tensioner. It was a small plastic jar that had 20 mini bungie cords, maybe 6-8" each, for like $3.50. They were in the automotive section with the ratchet straps and other bungie cords.
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    Just buy the JRB's, they use theraband material, far superior to ordinary latex. I think they are $10 pr and that includes the lines.

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    That's a lot of $ if you need more than 2 or 4 though. If the latex breaks easily then I'll try the thicker-walled latex, but methinks it'll be alright. We'll see how it holds up.

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    but methinks it'll be alright.
    until it drops below freezing then you may have some problems with regular latex. Even the theraband latex deforms below freezing but I have not had one break. The regular latex will break. Also make sure the wire ties are really tight because water will run down the line and act like a lubricant allowing the knot to pop out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splat View Post
    That's a lot of $ if you need more than 2 or 4 though. If the latex breaks easily then I'll try the thicker-walled latex, but methinks it'll be alright. We'll see how it holds up.
    Yes it is if you need a bunch, I ordered a roll of the green theraband material for $15 + shipping and made my own since I needed a dozen of them. Tying all those lashing knots from paracord guts was a pain. Those little zip ties look like the way to go.

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