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washer as stress concentrator
As UM suggests, a round washer will tend to concentrate stress at the radial edge. I considered making a simple reinforcement by taking a piece of PET bottle wall, folding it in half, and then p...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
April 19, 11:01am

mock vs true flat-felled seam
I'm not sure if there's actually much difference in seam loading between a mock and true flat-felled seam. After all, in both seams, there's still a line of stitches between the seam an...

In Make Your Own Gear » What type of seam do tent manufacturers use?
April 09, 11:50am

polycryo etymology?
I'd assumed the made-up name was from its use as secondary glazing; the -cryo bit referring to cold things (although we use it to do the opposite, keeping the house warmer). Then we stick on t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Bathtub!
April 02, 10:33am

re: straight stitch needle plate
> The zig zag plate has a slot for the needle to pass through, since the needle moves side to side. The straight stitch plate has a hole for the needle to pass through. Just make sure you rem...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing machine?
April 02, 10:27am

re: drooping sides
> Nice idea, but the stuff is thin. Even if the corners stand up with some sort of reinforcement, the sides will droop. That's true of almost all groundsheet materials. At least of any g...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Bathtub!
March 30, 9:08am

impromptu bathtub?
Well, you can fold a raised corner in any sheet material. Turn up the edge of each side of the corner, make a diagonal fold in the corner (this will tend to form of its own accord as you turn the ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Bathtub!
March 30, 7:16am

re: huge tent
The MHW Space Station is 3m tall, and uses 13mm poles. It uses 11 of them, though... (A friend of mine has one, bought at a car boot sale for a tiny fraction of the RRP. I remembered the poles...

In Make Your Own Gear » Calculations for Tent Poles
March 28, 11:34am

re: snow loading
> Snow loading - you didn't mention what thickness of snow? Jennifer mentioned 'All loading values were determined using the National Building Code of Canada'. This makes me thin...

In Make Your Own Gear » Calculations for Tent Poles
March 28, 6:12am

re: water filter advice
> Tannins are NOT harmful. No that's fair, but the OP was bothered by the taste, so I guess we tried to address his enquiry. > Bugs and w*** in the water can be, but not tannins. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » water filter advice
March 22, 12:04pm

flocculation
This question pinged one of those deep memories, so I googled and found this which was what I was struggling to remember. Water treatment works use a flocculant to cause microparticulate matter ...

In Make Your Own Gear » water filter advice
March 21, 12:42pm

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