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LInk to making mini containers from bottle and jar caps.


“What? You don’t save the plastic lids from bottles & jars? What were you thinking? Check the recycling. Now. How else to carry a few vitamins, or cough drops or whatever, without a whole lot of bulk or the risk that the tinfoil will open in your pocket?”

 

Mini containers made from jar lids.

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DIY battery holder?


Got these large straws at the local Pho restaurant.  Seems like they would make good containers for something. AAA batteries just fit.

straw and aaa battery

straw and aaa battery

 

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Tarp patch to hold center pole, paddle or oar Part 2


For lightweight tarps.

patch for holding paddle or pole under tarp on silicone coated ultralight nylon

patch for holding paddle or pole under tarp on silicone coated ultralight nylon

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Tarp patch to hold center pole, paddle or oar


Need to use something to keep the middle of your tarp supported?

Sewn on the underside of a tarp, this will keep wear of the main fabric and the pole/paddle in place.

Tarp paddle holder

Tarp paddle holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

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Footsore Dog and Baby Sock


89 cent baby socks and some athletic tape to keep them up. For worn out pads.

footsoredogbabysocks

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DIY ultralight dog dish


only .6 ounces 70 denier silicone coated nylon

only .6 ounces
70 denier silicone coated nylon

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Add a tarp tie out point with just a piece of cord


Make serviceable tarps from just some coated fabric and cord.

 

Clove hitch

http://www.animatedknots.com/cloveend/

Barrel knot

http://www.climbing.com/video/triple-barrel-knot/

 

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Bartack vs ZTack in silnylon


Same weight nylon thread. 42 stitch Bartack vs 42 stitch Ztack. Bartack failed by pulling out of 30 denier silnylon at 30 lbs.Bartack vs ztack OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Same weight nylon thread. 42 stitch Bartack vs 42 stitch Ztack. Bartack failed by pulling out of 30 denier silnylon at 30 lbs.

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Grommet in webbing vs sewn loop for tarp tie out


grommet held while hem tore at stitch line. Unreinforced 1" web tie out with top of stitching past hem stitch held.

grommet held while hem tore at stitch line. Unreinforced 1″ web tie out with top of stitching past hem stitch held.

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Tie out testing, Grommet in 4 layers silnylon vs unreinforced 1″ webbing


grommet in 4 layers of 30d silnylon, fabric stretched and grommet pulled out before 1" webbing stitched on failed.

grommet in 4 layers of 30d silnylon, fabric stretched and grommet pulled out before 1″ webbing stitched on failed.

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