- Aug 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm #3605106
I am an absolute novice on making my own gear. I have a Zpacks Pocket Tarp and would like to add storm doors for a little added protection. I would be very grateful for any information, resources or input on how to best go about doing that. I may be over simplifying things, but it seems like it would just take two pieces of Dyneema, a pattern for the doors, sewing them on and then taping the seams. Thanks!!!Aug 9, 2019 at 11:29 am #3605342
Geoff CaplanBPL Member
@geoffcaplanLocale: Dartmoor, Devon
If your skills are basic, you’ll want to avoid the complexities of sewing and simply tape the seams. They won’t be under much stress so this should be strong enough. Here’s a tutorial from Dyneema themselves:
You can get the bonding tape from Ripstop By The Roll.
Because Dyneema is so expensive you’ll want to get things right first time. You can work out the shape of the doors using paper models. Then make a full-sized prototype with inexpensive plastic and try it out on your Pocket Tarp using something reversible like duck tape for the assembly. Then use your prototype as a pattern for your final version.Aug 9, 2019 at 12:28 pm #3605348
Perhaps a triangular door clipped just inside the entrance could work? See this thread.
What about using a rain kilt as a door?Aug 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm #3605352
Thanks for the info. I like the idea of using a rain kilt. I am going to experiment with that first. I really appreciate the input from you both.Aug 9, 2019 at 2:22 pm #3605361
William ChiltonBPL Member
“Then make a full-sized prototype with inexpensive plastic and try it out on your Pocket Tarp using something reversible like duck tape for the assembly.”
Duct tape on cuben is not reversible, IME.Aug 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm #3605365
@mhrLocale: San Juan Mtns.
My hexamid beak has the following dimensions for each half:
47″ (side sewed to tent) x 21″ (side that extends down the front guy line) x 50″ (open edge).
My high school geometry suggests that the angle between the 47″ side and the 21″ side is 85.6 degrees. The other half mirrors the first. The two halves are sewn together along the 21″ side.
Measurements are as exact as possible, but the tarp is several thousand miles old and is very wrinkled. I suspect measurements on fresh material would be a little larger.Aug 11, 2019 at 12:27 am #3605568
Paul FrenchBPL Member
@ssghawkLocale: Northern Texas
I think I know how you feel. I am about to turn 70 and I am planning on taking a sewing class so I can attempt to MYOG. I applaud your gumption.
Check out how Ray Jardin’s “BatWing” kind of addresses your needs, it seems like a fairly quick and dirty, proof of concept approach. You possibly could cut the piece out of a polycyro window kit, under $10 ( https://www.amazon.com/Duck-Indoor-84-Inch-120-Inch-282450/dp/B000NHW2Z6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=JMYPO4D40XW1&keywords=window+kit&qid=1565482934&s=hi&sprefix=window+kit%2Ctools%2C162&sr=1-2 )
and use office binder clips to test attach it it before deciding on a better long term attachment solution.
Good luck.Aug 11, 2019 at 4:39 am #3605586
Thanks Paul! I appreciate the help.Aug 11, 2019 at 2:26 pm #3605609
@mhrLocale: San Juan Mtns.
If you intend to tie the beak off to the front/center stake, it will ideally be under some tension (and adverse weather conditions). I would suggest sewing and taping as your original post envisions. But you’ve already dissected that process. So, give it a shot! Straight stitch, straight lines, small needle, no problem. Just sew very slow. Too many people think you have to floor the gas pedal. I suspect you will find the project very rewarding in the end.Aug 11, 2019 at 6:32 pm #3605625
Paul S.BPL Member
Zpacks sells a version with doors now if you prefer to sell your current tarp and buy a new one vs. MYOG.Aug 12, 2019 at 4:29 pm #3605755
Tom MBPL Member
I used a piece of DCF on my pocket tarp in a triangle configuration. It clips into the front stakes then shock cord to the trekking pole just short of the ridge to allow air movement. It works well for storm splash protection and traps heat for winter use.Aug 14, 2019 at 12:13 am #3605987
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