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    Tarp guy out idea

    Here is something I found the other day and looks like it would work well to keep tension on your tarp. I had seen them here in Perth at a boating shop that I get my cords from.
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    small plastic cleat
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    It certainly looks interesting. The shock cord that is used in the video is pretty big. I wonder how the tensioner works with smaller line?
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    Ditto that, I think those are great.. if they would lock a smaller line, that would be swank.. but that cord was as big as my leg!

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    I have found some smaller ones,
    Rope Diam. 1/8 - 1/4 in.
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    holy crapopoly!!! $6.09 for 1?

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    Found em here for a hair cheaper.. not cheap enough though...

    http://shop.torresen.com/ships_store...u=RF5101&frm=g

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    Like the figure 9s, this sort of thing is cool and fun and potentially useful. But not only would 4 be over $24, but 4 would weigh 1.6 ozs. ( or $36 and 2.4 ozs for 6). Just for the tarp tie outs. And more stuff to keep up with. But I actually quit using my figure 9s because I decided it was quicker to tie a slippery truckers hitch, or even a taught-line hitch, exactly where I need it on the line. As opposed to having to move the fig 9's position on the line every time, plus trying to keep up with them and store them so that they don't puncture anything plus their small amount of added weight.

    I liked them ok( a lot at first), and I may try them again soon. But I really don't think it takes me much more ( and maybe takes less) time to just put a truckers or taught-line in, and it definitely keeps things a tad lighter and more simple. Especially if I'm breaking camp every day. Car camping or short trips while camped multiple nights at the same place might throw the decision back to the figure 9s. I think all of the above applies to these tarp line cleats, plus they cost more. But it might be worth it for some folks. Or even for me if I am in a different mood!

    But I have been in a simplifying mode and mood lately. Almost ( but not quite, yet) to the point of going back to pads, at least with the Claytor!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    ...I actually quit using my figure 9s...
    I did much the same. Well, sort of. I really like using Fig 9's on my tarp ridgeline, but I don't use them on the ground guylines.
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    I can see these as a possible option for tarp ridgeline tieouts but too big for side tieouts. Not to mention too pricey!

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    I went to my local boating supply store and picked up a couple of these "Olive clamps" They only come in this pink colour but they weight only 6 gm (0.21 oz) and cost only AU$1.40 each. this one is takes a 5mm ( bit less than 1/4) bungee.
    This is one photo but there are a few more HERE


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