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    2mil tarp

    My sewing skills are crap. First, I don't really have a machine. I have this machine that is odd and runs on 4 AAs. It is not good for what we do here, but all I got for now.

    I've been doing some things to practice. I'm going to make a square tarp (diamond config) out of some 2mil drop cloth I had left over from painting a bedroom. 2mil is the thickest you can buy at Home Depot not in a roll. Everything else comes in rolls and about $20. I never used this material when painting.

    My idea is to use this to mockup a 7.5'x7.5' tarp. I'm thinking of using flagging tape as the edging. I can get fluorescent colors at HD. I found black at http://www.tapebrothers.com

    I'm not expecting to use this tarp that often. I want to do this so I can get the feel and practice. It may even be somewhat a usable tarp.

    comments or ideas?

    If you are in Buford, GA and want to bring me a machine I would be much obliged.

    Chris

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    Check out WV's thread about using 6mil plastic. Lots of great info there.
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    You might try strapping tape for edge reinforcement - it's very strong, but I don't think the adhesive is very waterproof, so put it on the under side. Using 2 mil will work, but treat it gently. It's a good choice for a prototype. You could also not use any tape; just tie a piece of string around a smooth pebble wrapped in the tarp material for each tie-out. I don't understand how you would use flagging tape - it doesn't have any adhesive, and it's not strong. You're thinking along the right lines for a prototype. Try it, and let us know how it goes.
    Quote Originally Posted by linxdev View Post
    My sewing skills are crap. First, I don't really have a machine. I have this machine that is odd and runs on 4 AAs. It is not good for what we do here, but all I got for now.

    I've been doing some things to practice. I'm going to make a square tarp (diamond config) out of some 2mil drop cloth I had left over from painting a bedroom. 2mil is the thickest you can buy at Home Depot not in a roll. Everything else comes in rolls and about $20. I never used this material when painting.

    My idea is to use this to mockup a 7.5'x7.5' tarp. I'm thinking of using flagging tape as the edging. I can get fluorescent colors at HD. I found black at http://www.tapebrothers.com

    I'm not expecting to use this tarp that often. I want to do this so I can get the feel and practice. It may even be somewhat a usable tarp.

    comments or ideas?

    If you are in Buford, GA and want to bring me a machine I would be much obliged.

    Chris

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    Hey Linxdev I have some 6mil that I could send you

    The roll is 10ft x 100ft I have probably a 10ft by 12ft piece I can send you

    just PM ME if interested
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    Is 7.5 x 7.5 big enough for your needs?
    Even on the diagonal, that's gonna be short for a hammock.

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    **** and i thought i was going to be the first one to try this out here. Well maybe post something about it. Here is the link to backpacking light that has an article and discussion about it. http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...tic_tarps.html

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