Sep 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm #1294083
I remember reading about people using cords with stretch in them for their tarps. They are supposed to prevent your tarp from ripping in high winds letting the tarp have some give.
Do you know what I am talking about? Is there some product out there like this?Sep 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm #1912270
@ant89Locale: North Wales, UK
http://www.questoutfitters.com/narrow_roll_goods.htm#ELASTIC CORD & SHOCK CORD
*Other retailers availible.Sep 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm #1912273
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
A little heavy but they work well. They can pull pretty strong. Also help for silnylon sag overnight.Sep 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm #1912275
"Shock Cord" was the word I was looking for. Thanks!Sep 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm #1912281
I haven't tried shock cord, or the other elastic methods, but wouldn't it cause the tarp to flap more? I would think it would be more noisy in the wind, cause the tarp to hit you at night, allow more wind to get in, more condensation raining on you, etc.Sep 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm #1912283Sep 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm #1912299
My plan was to attach a small length of shock cord to my regular cord. Hopefully I can get a knot to hold with that. A full length of shock cord would be overkill.
With a little bit of shock cord it would flex a bit, but it wouldn't be smacking you in the face. In crazy wind I think it would be a lot better than having your tarp tie outs rip on you.
If I wasn't dealing with high winds I wouldn't use them.Sep 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm #1912300
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
Ron at MLD recommends some shock cord between the tie out and the guy line on side panel tie outs. I am considering getting a Hexamid and this is something I would probably do on some of the tie outs.Sep 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm #1912303
projectile stake.Sep 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm #1912308
@pillowthreadLocale: like, in my head???
I do this with the tie-outs on my ID SilWing. I just tie little loops of 1/4" shock-cord into the tarp tie-outs using Zeppelin Bends, then tie my guy line to that. This keeps the length of the (relatively) heavy shock-cord to a minimum, while providing double the tension strength of a single length of cord. The Zepplin Bends keep the forces pretty well in line with the cord. This has worked very well for me for a couple of years now…Sep 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm #1912311
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
I have made my own with a length of shock cord but I much prefer the tie outs with JRB's tensioners. Worked well even in cold.Sep 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm #1912320
I installed shock cords on my Contrail but after several trips I went back to the non stretch TripTease because I can get a better set up with those.
Re-tensioning when the silnylon expands is not a problem for me but shock cords may help the ones for whom it is.
FrancoSep 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm #1912355
So, filing down stakes to a sharp point for better ground penetration isn't a good idea Ken?Sep 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm #1912356
Well if they stick in you, you'll know where they are. At least paint those heads orange so you can see them. I'll set up out of range from you in a couple of weeks.Sep 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm #1912372
I tried this once upon a time… I attached a short (3-4") piece of shock cord to the end of my guylines on my spinnshelter. What I found out was that it was extremely difficult if not impossible to get a nice taut pitch. You simply could not get proper tension on the guylines due to the give in the shock cord. By the time you actually achieved proper tension and a taut pitch the shock cord was stretched to its maximum and acted no different than solid cordage. I ditched the idea very quickly. Personally I would rather have my tarp taut like a drum and cutting the wind than having the shockcord allowing excessive flapping and potential rippage.Sep 15, 2012 at 4:41 am #1912386
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
I posted a picture and a description of how to use shockcord on your tarp guylines in that thread Ken posted the URL for earlier in this thread.
It looks like this…
…and works in this way. Stake out your tarp guyline as you would normally but stretch the shockcord out as you do until you are pulling the guyline itself taut. The shockcord will take up the slack when and if your tarp begins to sag due to moisture, rain etc.
"They are supposed to prevent your tarp from ripping in high winds letting the tarp have some give".
I don't remember ever hearing of this as a reason for using these types of guyline tensioners. ;-?
Ken mentioned two words, "projectile stake".
If there are large enough rocks available lay one over each of you stakes or on your guylines just in front of your stakes. You don't want to wind up looking like this guy.
As far as the high winds go, are you taking advantage of any natural windbreaks? Think leeward and windward sides of a peak, etc. Are you pitching the foot end of your tarp low and pointed into the prevailing wind direction?
NewtonSep 15, 2012 at 7:05 am #1912399
Pinhead huh? This is what I had in mind.Sep 15, 2012 at 7:07 am #1912400
Stake catapult/trebuche new GGG activity?Sep 15, 2012 at 7:10 am #1912401
Accuracy or distance?Sep 15, 2012 at 7:22 am #1912402
…. yesSep 15, 2012 at 7:46 am #1912407
Daryl and DarylParticipant
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
My Google can't find the JRBs tensioners.
Do you have a link where I could see/buy them?
DarylSep 15, 2012 at 8:06 am #1912412
First of all, I'm not a fan of line-tension gizmos because I've found that SilNylon tarps are incredibly strong. Secondly, I've discovered that most shock cord, and surgical tubing creations don't work when cold (Silicone tubing works pretty well though).
I'm just not seeing the need for them.Sep 15, 2012 at 9:26 am #1912433
@redmonkLocale: Greater California Ecosystem
I think the original use was with regards to Sil sag.
The tarp is setup with tensioners taught, as the tarp sags, the tensioner retracts to maintaine the pitch.
I don't think the intended use was to provide stretch for wind gusts.Sep 15, 2012 at 9:46 am #1912436
Cameron is correct.Sep 15, 2012 at 9:54 am #1912442
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
They are on the shelter and accessories products page:
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