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    Senior Member c0wb0y_hubs's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shewie View Post
    Very clever, thanks for sharing the brainwave

    So is the surgical tubing providing the tension when it's in "normal" mode? I use prusik knots on my ridge so I'll have to rethink that bit.

    The surgical tubing is only providing tension for the head portion of the tarp. Before the mod., I used a prusik and toggle also. Now the head prusik and toggle are moved to the third attachment point to provide tension for the lower 2/3rds of the tarp.

    It is certainly in rough draft mode, and each tarp is going to provide different obstacles. One that I found is I can only retract my tarp to the point where the wall folds are perpendicular with the ridgeline and the corner tie-outs. That will most likely be a fact across the board.

    I like that the tarp can still be used in the traditional way, if I don't want to fiddle with the retractor. All I need to do is move that one prusik and toggle from the third point out to the head tie-out.

    I also don't expect everyone to jump on board with this idea. It was just a cool solution to a common problem. If it catches on and is adapted/improved, that'd be great. If it doesn't, oh well.
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    I am impressed. Why don't you come over for lunch tomorrow and then show me how you did that.

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    I like it, very ingenious....
    Happy Hangin!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Haas View Post
    I am impressed. Why don't you come over for lunch tomorrow and then show me how you did that.
    If you lived in Las Cruces, I'd take you up on that.
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    Slick! I think this is a really cool idea!
    Kudos for figuring out how to do it without having to leave the hammock.

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    VIDEO - Retractable Tarp Mod

    Oops. I misunderstood.
    Last edited by clean; 05-13-2013 at 15:18. Reason: I'm stupid

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    VIDEO - Retractable Tarp Mod

    Quote Originally Posted by Klaussinator View Post
    Kudos for figuring out how to do it without having to leave the hammock.

    -Klauss
    Yeah, you get bonus points for that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Yeah, you get bonus points for that!
    Thanks! I hope others figure it out and are able to enjoy it as well.
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    This is a great idea,well done. Just curious if you had the link to your original tarp plans, looking to make something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gannoli View Post
    This is a great idea,well done. Just curious if you had the link to your original tarp plans, looking to make something similar.
    I started with the BWDD Hex Tarp
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    The site has recently updated the plans, so that it includes a cut diagram of the raw materials.

    I didn't have that, so I added a yard to my order and cut it exactly in half.

    Here's my predesign on paper/screen


    Here are the actual dimensions after tarp completion.


    The one difference in the final tarp and the plans other than dimensions is I didn't catcut the doors.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.
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