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    New Member alexyoung's Avatar
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    DIY transparent tarp from shower curtain liners

    Over this past weekend I experimented a bit with making a DIY transparent plastic tarp - wanted something cheap, lightweight, and able to see the stars/lightning/etc through the roof.. tried first with .7mil painters plastic (horrible failure) - the stuff was really difficult to work with and tore really easily when a little extra tape adhesive would stick to the wrong spot, etc...

    So, after that fail, I built Mk. II with two transparent PEVA shower curtain liners from Walmart that were around $2 each + seamed together with fiberglass reinforced strapping tape that I also used along the ridgeline, edges, and diagonally to make it a little more ridgid.

    Bought a grommet kit also from Walmart and put in 6 grommets for tieouts as well as two grommets to attach the ridgeline via prussik knots on either end of the ridgeline. I used mason's line for the tieouts and then since I had some reflective tape lying around I put some on the tarp at the tieouts and ridgeline, and made little reflective tags on the mason's line for an anti-midnight-tripping effort...

    Slept in Mk. II last 2 nights - great success! It is pretty sturdy, and I think will hold up to windstorms well, and I haven't weighed it yet but it's pretty light also...

    Anyway, here are some pictures of the final product:










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    Nicley done.

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    There was a quote I saw on another forum just earlier today... "never underestimate the power of passionate people" I think it fits...
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    I love it. It always makes me sad when my tarp covers up a starry night. Looks like I have another project on "the list". Thanks for sharing.
    "what do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior" Walt Whitman

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    New Member alexyoung's Avatar
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    Couldn't have done it without the inspiration of hours spent HF lurking

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    Nice!

    Here's a thread you may find interesting:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ht=shrink+wrap
    Dave

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    well done i thought of a similar idea with how you put all the reinforcing tape on a marginal see-through material, but you beat me to the punch. keep us informed on how it holds up.

    Fish<><

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    I may just try this for my tarp instead of buying one cause I'm cheap. Seems like it would work good. And if it breaks it is cheap to make another one. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    That is very cool! Great idea!

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    That is awesome! When you get a chance to weigh it I'd love to know what it weighs in at.

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