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    Question Self-Tensioning Lines: Jacks vs. DIY?

    Can anyone offer a comparison of the performance of Jack's self-tensioning lines (http://www.jacksrbetter.com/shop/self-tensioning-lines/)
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    the DIY method listed at http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=3731?

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    I have a Mamajamba hex tarp. I'm happy to go with DIY, but a friend recommended the Jacks-R-Better.

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    I generally have too many DIY projects going at one time to be able to do all I could do, so there's some stuff I'm not even going to try. Tarp tensioners fall into that category. I uses Jack's and I doubt I could make any as well as they can anyway.

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    Sargevining, DO you larkshead the loop to the tarp tieout. or hook the loop on the stake. I just got a set and was thinking of using the loop at the stake and the having a Prusik at the tie out to have the east of adding a little extra tension when needed. I also think if the stake would come loose the weight of the rubber tensioner would cause it to drop instead of sling shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlink79 View Post
    Sargevining, DO you larkshead the loop to the tarp tieout. or hook the loop on the stake. I just got a set and was thinking of using the loop at the stake and the having a Prusik at the tie out to have the east of adding a little extra tension when needed. I also think if the stake would come loose the weight of the rubber tensioner would cause it to drop instead of sling shooting.
    I use them as well, at least for one of my tarps. I hook the loop over the stake, and have a prussik at the tarp tie out point. That way I can adjust from under the tarp, if needed.

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    I ordered a couple of sets of the Jacks tensioners today. I just didn't want to bother making them.

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    My 12x10 tarp six Jacks tensioners larkshead MSR pull loop with flyz on the tarp end.
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    Self-Tensioning Lines: Jacks vs. DIY?

    I just got rid of my jrb tensioners. I found them cool & effective but far heavier than necessary. I don't recall the weight of jbr's but my poor choices in tensioners & heavy shock cord (along with Dutch's continuous ridgeline & flies) added almost half a pound of weight to my tarp setup! I was going to make the shock cord version but am going cuben and don't need a tensioner at all. Just throwing that out there in case you hadn't considered the weight difference. Otherwise, they're an awesome product.

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    no need to make thing complicated. I just folding a piece of shock cord in half, then wrapped my cord around it to make it neater...



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