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  1. #11
    Senior Member Floridahanger's Avatar
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    Oct 2011
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    SW Volusia, FL
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    Diy 11x10 w/doors
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    If you get the bug and go for it, don't, that's do not, tie a knot on both sides of the tarp. It's easier to have the tarp adjustable on the RL and short tie off to a prussic on both ends. Easier than trying to adjust from the trees.

    My vote is for a hammock for your better half and maybe a weather shield.
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  2. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    hampton, va
    Hammock
    DIY green gathered end.
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    12x10 blue tarp.
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    DIY 25* Peapod
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    JRB triglide
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    As muchas I like diy I might just buy the tarp. I still plan to mod a sleeping bag into a peapod type design. I also decided to change my suspension. Monumental day for my hammock life lol. Seems to be no end either.

  3. #13
    Detail Man's Avatar
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    Aug 2010
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    Knoxville, TN
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    DIY
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    DIY Cat Cut Hex
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    Quote Originally Posted by joemcc View Post
    Yeah that all makes sense. It looks to be a pain. I am going to just wet it and hope it is sil already lol. If not my wife now wants a hammock so I can make her one.
    It's not silnylon from Hancocks.

    Be grateful your wife wants a hammock as well. Make it quickly and be happy together. Make her down quilts first, and she will understand that you need a set as well. When the wife hangs warm and happy, you will hang warm and happy.

    There is plenty of info here to make a tarp. It's not too hard to do.

  4. #14
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    Jan 2012
    Location
    hampton, va
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    DIY green gathered end.
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    12x10 blue tarp.
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    DIY 25* Peapod
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    JRB triglide
    Posts
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    Yeah I feel confident to do it I just need to get the material. I'm thinking still a 12 by 10 rectangle with tie downs spaced to close the ends up if need be. Id rather a big tarp to enclose me if I need one.otherwise I'm not puttingit up at all that night. My wifes getting mad at me for spending money so I need to take her shopping to guilt trip her lol.

  5. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    West Michigan
    Hammock
    GT SBP
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    Chinook 12x9.5'
    Insulation
    DIY UQ, cheap bag
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    DIY Whoopie slings
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    I strongly considered making my own tarp because I love the DIY thing so much. I chose, however, to go with the Chinook 12x9.5" nylon tarp. It's not sil but polyurethane coated and waterproof enough for me. The price was right to at about 40$ from Amazon. I figured that I was going to spend that just on material from Joann's Fabrics.

    Just wanted to add that weight isn't much of an issue for me as I'm more of a bushcrafter than a UL hiker.

  6. #16
    Senior Member
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    Jan 2012
    Location
    hampton, va
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    DIY green gathered end.
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    12x10 blue tarp.
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    DIY 25* Peapod
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    JRB triglide
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    178
    Yeah I was really looking into that one. Think it weighs two pounds which I'm not sure is a lot for a tarp but I like the idea of the coverage you'd get. I have to wait til I get some money though lol. Shipping adds another 15 and puts it out of reach right now.

  7. #17
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    Jan 2011
    Location
    South Central IN
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    WBRR, Lots of DIY
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    MacCat; Cloudburst
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    If you would like to pursue making your tarp, I suggest getting the gray silnylon 2nds from DIY Gear Supply.

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