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    Senior Member bowl-maker's Avatar
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    First Tarp...Critiques Welcome!!

    Hey everybody,

    This is my first tarp, so I thought I would show it off and see what *polite* suggestions and criticisms everybody might have to offer;-) I will admit that I have some small experience with the sewing machine and making homemade equipment, and I have already made four gathered-end hammocks (three of them with bugnets and two of them with Hennessy-style velcro bottom entry).

    This is the "winter tarp" from the Backwoods Daydreamer design.

    The tarp is made from "bargain" fabric ($1/yd) that appears to be polyester and is (so far) totally waterproof. I have it set up tonight for more storm testing.

    The ends have velcro to keep the doors closed. I think that I will add a snap or something at the bottom help keep the doors closed (although they have not offered to come apart yet).

    I made some seam sealer from silicone and mineral spirits and applied liberally. The reinforcements are ripstop nylon, and the tie-outs are grosgrain (except for the webbing I used on the pullouts). I am afraid that the grosgrain might not be stout enough, but we will see.

    Thanks!
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    Looks like it should keep the weather out. What are the dimensions?
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    Senior Member bowl-maker's Avatar
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    I followed the instructions to the letter...124"x162"

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    Looks great! Nice and roomy, well reinforced, nice job!
    I am thinking about making another one myself, an orange one for hunting season.
    Mike
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    I'm curious about the fabric used. Do you have any more information on it? Have you tried a sprinkler test?

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    what did it weigh?

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    I used grosgrain for pull outs on my tarp. No reenforcement and its worked well is some fairly windy conditions. I wouldn't worry about the grosgrain if its stitched sufficiently as yours appears to be.

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    The Walmart tag said unknown fabric. I am hanging under it in the rain right now and no problems. I put a swatch under the faucet originally and had great results.

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    Good looking tarp! Hopefully the material turns out to be alright; sounds like it will be. My first tarp was from some Wally World fabric--$5 for a 5 yd bolt of nylon taffeta. Worked great--water repellant. Had to seam seal the ridgeline after about 1 year of use. Not the lightest and doesn't pack down to the smallest but it works.

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    Great looking winter tarp. Love the doors!!

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