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    Quote Originally Posted by Detail Man View Post
    Braided mason line is great for some things and cheap to boot. Just be aware it stretches.

    If used as prussiks, the wraps can melt together if enough friction is applied when sliding it. Makes it hard to release tension.
    Good to know DetailMan. Thanks for the info. Any thought on using it for an STL with shock cord? Im not looking to use it for a whole ridgeline but thought it might be nice for these.

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    I have a Kelty Noah 9. This tarp hangs in a diamond. I have the guy lines that came with it on the ridge and the two main side tie downs. Then I have mason line whoopies on the ends to close it up really tight. I'll see if I can put it up this weekend and get some pics. Ohhhhh I may have a pic already, I'll have to do some checking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detail Man View Post
    Braided mason line is great for some things and cheap to boot. Just be aware it stretches. I know it's been used for tarp ridgelines by many, myself included. Back in August at the John Rock Hang in WNC I had a bad, wet experience with it in a thunderstorm. The rain came down so fast and heavy, it stretched the mason line ridgeline and the tarp sagged enough to end up getting my whole rig wet. Lash-it for me from now on.

    If used as prussiks, the wraps can melt together if enough friction is applied when sliding it. Makes it hard to release tension.
    In that case I won't continue with my silly experiment
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyRay View Post
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    Braided nylon mason line has a BS of ca. 150 to 170 lb, so should be adequate for guy lines and probably ridgelines in many cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDA View Post
    Braided nylon mason line has a BS of ca. 150 to 170 lb, so should be adequate for guy lines and probably ridgelines in many cases.
    Where did you get that mason line? I just broke a piece of what I have, and it took way less force to break it. Around 50 lbs or so.


    Also thanks for tipping me off! this stuff is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Great! For $7, I can get a lifetime supply of ridgeline...

    How does Dacron compare to Nylon and Dyneema?
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    Yes, go to a kite supplier for braided Dacron(tm) = polyester line. Per weight it is 30-50% the strength of dyneema /spectra. It doesn't stretch and doesn't absorb water.

    We could go on and on about minimal UV resistance, probably not included in 150lb test line available for $.025 /ft = $.08 / meter.

    eg: http://www.goodwinds.com/merch/list.....braideddacron

    "Mason's line" could be about anything, the reason there are different reports about it. Let's wake up to the fact that it is not made to be load-bearing. That it might bear any weight is incidental to its use in construction.

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