Use on tarp and tent tie outs, the bright color and flashlight reflective tracer lets you know where your shelter is at night and helps avoid tripping over the guy lines. Same construction as paracord but half size with 4 internal strands. Breaking strength 275 pounds. Diameter 2.4 mm.
Buy here. Also if purchased as an add on option with some tarps of tent, get a savings.
4 to 12 stakes (4 minimum with trees for ridgeline tie outs, more stakes needed if windy, snow load or using poles for support)
2 trees, trekking poles, or tarp poles (use of at least one tree is easier to set up for one person, if using poles two people holding poles on each end really speeds things up)
6 cords @ 3′ on corners and middle sides of fabric panel
2 cords @ 6′ on ridge line (having some extra cord is useful for trees spread farther apart, and needed for tarps large enough for more than one person)
First attach the Ridgeline tie out to a tree or pole at a height that allows the netting to sit 4″ on the ground.
I like to use a releasable tautline hitch.
If using a pole for the ridgeline, tie a clove hitch around the top of the pole and then run the line down to a stake on the ground. Adjustable trekking poles make height adjustments easier.
Have someone hold the pole upright and go attach the other ridge line to a pole or tree.
Stake out the four corners at a height that maintains about 4″ of netting laying on the ground.
Adjust cord length using the tautline hitches and by moving stakes so that the tarp is stretched snug with minimum wrinkles. In a wind, you want the tarp to hum, not flap.
If needed, tie out center side points and four corner points on netting. Shepherds crook type stakes work well for the netting. The netting should be snug but not tight along the sides of the tarp (gentle on the netting) and loose on the pleated ends so one can crawl under the netting easily without having to remove a stake.
Shade for a hot spot on the lawn that also blocks one of the neighbors cameras from looking into our backyard. Made of very lightweight 30 denier silicone coated nylon, this will be a good test of the fabric to see how long it holds up to daily UV light.
Other pictures are of another of the neighbor’s camera’s seen looking out from our couch. Amazing this isn’t against the law. Also amazing is the creepiness of the neighbor. Time for another screen since he placed the camera above our new fence.