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    Senior Member c0wb0y_hubs's Avatar
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    Camping trip coming faster than I can gear up!!!

    My wife and I have have three children ages 4,7,& 9. We are going on the annual church camping trip the first weekend of August. So far my oldest 2 have Equip hammocks, but no tarps. My wife and I have DIY hammocks complete with ridgelines and whoopie-slings. I have one DIY tarp made from a harbor freight tarp, which I finished last night just in time to hang it before the rain came to test it. I'm not worried about TQs or UQs, because New Mexico is pretty warm at night, so a sleeping bag will be all that's needed for cover.

    My dilemma is I currently don't have the cash to purchase true hammock tarps, but the DIY harbor freight version takes me some time to manufacture. Between the camping trip, we've got a birthday and a trip to San Diego for a conference that take up 3 weekends.

    I guess the obvious solution is to put the kids in a........tent, and I make just one more tarp. What I'm looking for is a way for the kids to enjoy their new hammocks.

    Any suggestions?

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    get a big sheet of tyvek - wrap a rock in each corner & connect guylines to the rock (not sure of the cost of tyvek)

    is much rain expected in that area during this time of yr? if not -- then the tyvek may work well as a flatter lean to or canopy setup to provide shade.

    good luck!

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "DIY from Harbor Freight tarp"

    I have taken teens out camping using the cheapy blue tarps that run for less than $7.00, ($4.99 on sale now) without any DIY work.

    The one linked is 7'4"x9'6" hung by the grommets on the diagonal would yield a 12' ridgeline that would cover any hammock out there. No work to it other than tying on 4 lines, (2 to hang it and 2 to stake it out).

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    Senior Member c0wb0y_hubs's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleMJM View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean by "DIY from Harbor Freight tarp"
    I did a cat-cut on the sides and sewed on muletape loops for the ridgeline and at the ends of the cat-cuts. I'd attach a photo, but my phone doesn't want to give them up at the moment.

    I think I may either do the standard tarp method mentioned or this

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    Quote Originally Posted by c0wb0y_hubs View Post
    I did a cat-cut on the sides and sewed on muletape loops for the ridgeline and at the ends of the cat-cuts. I'd attach a photo, but my phone doesn't want to give them up at the moment.

    I think I may either do the standard tarp method mentioned or this
    Thanks for the response and link. I missed that thread somehow.

    What I like about the cheap and simple method I've used is it gets the job done in short order, works for a season, maybe more, but mostly it solves the short term problem and buys time for a better more ideal long term fix.

    It's always great to get the family out together, I commend your efforts.

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    those blue tarps do come in brown, silver and green at some of the chain hardware stores.
    It's not procrastinating, its proactively delaying the implementation of the energy-intensive phase of the project until the enthusiasm factor is at its maximum effectiveness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleMJM View Post
    What I like about the cheap and simple method I've used is it gets the job done in short order, works for a season, maybe more, but mostly it solves the short term problem and buys time for a better more ideal long term fix.

    It's always great to get the family out together, I commend your efforts.
    Exactly! I thrive on the DIY side of things out of necessity (can't afford much) and also because it makes me strain my brain to think outside of the box. When that "light bulb" finally lights up.....what a reward! Knowledge is weightless and doesn't take up any room in your pack.

    My family loves a good weekend in the woods, and I'm going to give it my all to make it an enjoyable one.

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