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    Buying a tarp vs. DIY tarp

    As of right now I've been using a big blue walmart tarp for weather protection camping on my boyfriends property. It works great, but it's not practical for carrying around. I usually leave it at the spot so it'll be there and ready next time as we camp in pretty much the same spot each time we go. That's all fine and dandy until we decide to switch spots or go to a group hang, and then either I have to lug around the heavy bulky thing or I'm up the creek if it rains. I've been thinking a lot lately about making my own tarp, but I'm not sure about materials. What's the best most affordable, and preferably lightweight material to use? Where can I find the proper material? Then, there's the cost. Is it cheaper to go DIY or just buy one?

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    Hehehe welcome to the craziness like I said... Diy gear supply is a great place to start, they even have patterns and dimension and what not...

    http://www.backwoodsdaydreamer.com/p...oated-fabrics/

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=51555

    Is a thread that you need to book mark...

    It is also possible to buy the lighter weight nylon and then make a silicon coating for it with mineral spirits and 100% silicon caulk... Effectively making silnylon for a fraction of cost...
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    Cool. I'll check them out. Thanks.

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    I currently don't have a tarp, but I'm thinking that I'm going to try to do this for the FL hang in a couple of weeks.


    http://youtu.be/NqaSYONkTFQ


    Then later on, when I have some more time, I think I'm going to take the plunge and do something like this.

    http://youtu.be/MnAXF7VwLXs
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    I made the diy gear supply hex tarp as per instructions. I think it cost me around $60-80 and it weighs in at just a few ounces over a pound with tie outs and steaks. Id say its a great way to go if youre looking to save cash and have some sewing skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuck View Post
    I currently don't have a tarp, but I'm thinking that I'm going to try to do this for the FL hang in a couple of weeks.


    http://youtu.be/NqaSYONkTFQ


    Then later on, when I have some more time, I think I'm going to take the plunge and do something like this.

    http://youtu.be/MnAXF7VwLXs

    That's neat. I like the painters plastic idea. Didn't even think of that.

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    If you can sew, you should have no problems making a tarp...

    Instead of painter's plastic, some have found that Shower Curtain liners work well... and are cheap...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    If you can sew, you should have no problems making a tarp...

    Instead of painter's plastic, some have found that Shower Curtain liners work well... and are cheap...


    Hmm.... those would probably be lighter as well. Thanks.

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    Be weary of wind with those painters tarps. Heard a few people mention that they fail quickly when its windy.

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    Interesting timing . . .
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