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    Regarding tarp suspension...

    I recently made my own tarp out of sil. I am happy with the project but my ridge line and tie-outs aren't what I would like. My main concern is not the tie outs as much as the ridge line.
    I tried a continuous ridge line for the first time with the tarp ends attached with a klemheist (sp?). This did not hold the ends taught due to slow, gradual slippage.
    I am using dyneema for the ridge line and the same diameter (different color) for the klemheist. Is this a problem with dyneema or should I be using a different diameter for the ridge line or what?
    I'm considering just going back to ties directly from the end of the tart to the trees like I have done in the past. Just wanted the structural integrity of the continuous ridge line.
    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Jeff.

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    If you slide your knots back and forth on the RL a little bit, the slippery coating should wear off and your knots will hold better. They did for my setup. YMMV.

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    What Raiffnuke said +1. When you start to see the shine go away, you're there.

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    You probably already know this, but make sure you tied it the way you want it to stick. It's a directional knot. Other than that, another wrap never hurts if you have the room for it when using slick lines like dyneema.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcreamer View Post
    I tried a continuous ridge line for the first time with the tarp ends attached with a klemheist (sp?). This did not hold the ends taught due to slow, gradual slippage.
    I am using dyneema for the ridge line and the same diameter (different color) for the klemheist.
    Jeff.
    the Klemheist knots should be done with a cord that has a smaller diameter than the ridge line. but like the others have said after some wear you probably wont have as much of an issue. The challenge I see is if like me your placement of the tarp varies along the length of the ridgeline depending on your setup and placement of trees.
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