A sump screen can be a lightweight help in reducing your environmental impact
on the wild places you love. By straining the food particles from your dishwater,
you dissuade animals from digging up the soil where your dishwater is drained,
and help keep them wild and unaccustomed to humans. This is especially important
on popular trails and camping areas. Help keep the chipmunks, marmots, jays, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, deer, and bear safe and out of other users gear.
I like a square panel of noseeum netting leftover from tents and bivysack manufacture.
Sump screen of noseeum netting
I will send a piece with each order from Oware if you will note you want one in the comment
section of the order.
From our friends at Equipped.org. Extensive article on using tarps to make shelters.
Interesting article on adding more silicone to a silicone coated fabric.
Cat Tarp 1.5 cuben fiber. Center seam photo. Felled seam, then taped.
Cuben Fiber .5 oz. sewn to Silicone coated nylon 30 denier and pulled to failure (42 lbs).
Tie outs were not reinforced but held while two rows of straight stitching on a lap seam failed
at the nylon, cuben AND stitching. This is 7 lb tensile strength thread.
Cuben Fiber .7 oz sewn to Cordura 1000 denier nylon with 4 rows of straight stitch and to itself with flat felled and glued seam. Shock loaded to failure (body weight plus a jump). Notice the tie out webs were not the failure point. Also that a flat felled seam with only 2 rows of stitching proved stronger than a simple lap felled seam with 4 rows of stitches. The glued seam did even better than that.
Since it is often desirable for greater padding under the hips and shoulders
I have tried gluing layers of closed cell foam pad together.
I found that this can be accomplished with contact cement purchased at the
hardware store. It makes a very strong bond and you only need a few dots of it
to hold things together.
By overlapping pieces, I can now make myself a custom pad to my height and
width with padding at just the spots I need. This way I eliminate a ground
sheet, and have a warm full length pad with a surface that doesn't promote
As weather turns colder, you can add additional layers of foam.
One of my customers uses grommets and toggles in his hammock to keep the pad
Foam pads for sale.