I think Decorum means that any cord can be made to work, and paracord will work. However, I read your question as asking whether paracord is ideal or not, and in my opinion it is not if you set up the way I do. As a ridgeline I find that it stretches a lot more than I want, so that if you have more than 0.5m between your tarp and your tree, you can lose a lot of head room either when you tension out your guy-lines, or when the whole lot gets wet. Wet nylon stretches more easily than dry nylon, which already has a lot of stretch.when erecting a tarp, should you use Para cord or some other ridge line BTW.???
Indeed.I think Decorum means that any cord can be made to work, ...
I'd written more, but thought it too wordy .I think you said it pretty well, but thought it might be a little too Zen for someone starting out
...so, you think that there might be a problem with my using black, 1.75mm Dyneema guylines on my green tarp at the Moot? They only remove the heads from a certain height of child when they run through my camp...very selective...or perhaps you were thinking of another thing altogether.:evilangel:
Correct and its making many, many Forums far less attractive to visit, which is probably the reason Photobuckit pulled the plug as I've certainly never paid them a penny to put up a picture be it for the interest of others or to sell something. When you look at it like that you really can't blame them for wanting a piece of the action?Ehm .it's a known problem, but to my certain knowledge Chris has literally hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures to recover, re-store, re-organise and re-post, when he can find some time.
I can't see it happening quickly.
For the last few years I have been one of several people running a tarp and knot workshop at the BushcraftUK summer Bush Moot. More than once I have wished that I had pictures that I could post of the knots that we demonstrate, to make it easier for people to go away and practice at home. The internet is absolutely loaded with knot web pages, bushcraft and tarp demos and many excellent Youtube videos, but despite searching, I couldn't find examples of all the exact knots I use.
Ideally all knots are tied to be quick release, meaning that they come apart when you want with just a tug on the free end, even after they have been worked on by wind and water.
Evenk Hitch on Youtube
Falconer's knot on Youtube
More often these days I use a modified version of the Trucker's Hitch, originally shown to me on one of Mors Kochanski's courses. It needs more spare distance between trees, but only requires you to wrap around the tree one time, which I find easier and faster.
Attaching Tarp to Ridge
This method was shown to me by Jed Yarnold of TrueNorth Outdoors and allows for flexibility in how you set up your tarp, speed and efficiency for both erecting and packing up.
Short lengths of line, about 60cm, or double the distance from elbow to finger tips, are attached to the tarp ridge loops using a simple Lark's Head (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow_hitch). 3mm accessory cord works well, but in this case I have used 550 paracord with the cores removed, which allows it to flatten out and grip even better.
I started using Excel Pro Racing Line, pre-stretched polyester sailing line (http://www.sailboats.co.uk/Product~Marlow_2mm_Excel_Pro__30M_Mini_Spool_KF0149.html)
for guy lines a few years ago and have been very happy with it.
This was the only thing on here that I came up with almost by myself, having only see the very neat, but permanently installed, tubing tensioners used on Jacksrbetter tarps.
http://www.jacksrbetter.com/DSC00368 - web Small.JPG
which can be made like this:
So, there are the knots that we demo at the Bushmoot each year I hope that this hasnt all been showing Grandma how to suck eggs. If anyone has photo series showing what they think would be a better, faster, easier or more secure way of doing any of these jobs, please post away
... The key thing that I try to put across at each demonstration is that to become "Good" at knots, you must practice to become confident and only after lots of practice do you get to the point where you find what suits you own M.O. or modify whatever you want until it does suit!The guy line knot looks like a variant of the Farrimond friction hitch, but slightly different if that helps
have a look at this
I might be?
I really like the idea of the self tensioning guys Thanks
The retro pic switch off and the lack of communication is what really annoys me.No, we can't, but that said, this was not in any agreement folks made with them when they used photobucket to host their images either.