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    DIY Winter Tarp

    Hello all. I just finished my new winter tarp using the DIYGS winter tarp pattern. Came out great and didn't take half the time I thought it would putting it together.

    I used a "bow" made from 1/2" pvc pipe to make the cat curves - shown here: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ad.php?t=76344

    Total length is 11' 11" from door edge to door edge. The ridgeline is 10' and is made from 1" grosgrain folded in half. Super strong.

    Got the material 30d syl (2nds) from Quest Outfitters : http://www.questoutfitters.com/coate...20OZ%20RIPSTOP

    I chose the grey as it came in a 65" width. The 2nd's material was flawless - looks just like 1st's material.

    Total cost was less than $75.00 - including the shipping from Quest Outfitters. Total time to make was about 6 hours. The greatest time spent was squaring and cutting the edges. The cat curves were cut at one time (sheets together one on top of the other) - this made the lengths the same when it came time to sew the pieces together.

    I used 1/4" seams all the way around. The cat curve depths are 3.5" and 5". I used 12" long, 1" grosgrain for the pull outs instead of heavy pack cloth. 3/4" Metal rings for the ends of the ridge, 1" triangles for the door ends and 1/2" beastee dee rings for the other side pull outs.

    I haven't weighed it yet, so hold on. I still need to make the panel pulls later today or tonight. I'll post pics of those when it's done.
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    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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    Looks good my friend. Keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old4hats View Post
    Looks good my friend. Keep up the good work.
    Thank you, old4hats.
    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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    I really like that ridgeline idea should allow it to be cinched nice and tight.
    Last edited by Craigthor; 07-23-2013 at 11:08.

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    Very nice, as we've come to expect.

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    Wow Lost, that looks amazing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    Very nice, as we've come to expect.
    Quote Originally Posted by priller View Post
    Wow Lost, that looks amazing...
    Thanks, guys. I'm still not fully comfortable working with long/large fabric pieces, but it's getting easier.

    I should also point out that this tarp is shorter than a regular winter tarp. I made it shorter and wider for my own use. So please don't use my dimensions unless you want a "short" winter tarp. I barely have enough coverage for my new hammock - I purposely made it this way in order to tinker with other projects.
    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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    Weight of tarp and all lines and mini carabiners on the ridge ends is 20.49oz!

    I figured it would be heavier with all the grosgrain on the ridge. So, not bad at all, especially with four 3/4" steel rings on the ends of the ridge.
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    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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    winter

    That would be California winter right, or some place it where there is no wind and snow in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost_Biker View Post
    Weight of tarp and all lines and mini carabiners on the ridge ends is 20.49oz!

    I figured it would be heavier with all the grosgrain on the ridge. So, not bad at all, especially with four 3/4" steel rings on the ends of the ridge.
    Impressively light and a great professional job. Nicely done.

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