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Thera-Band tensioners: how to make 'em?
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Tom Beno
(KillerB) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Thera-Band tensioners: how to make 'em? on 12/20/2008 11:35:59 MST Print View

So I was reading through the post about the SubLite shelter being torture-tested in deep snow, and saw mention of thera-band tensioners. I see they can be purchased from JRB...but how to make them? Looks simple, and yet there is something going on there that I just can't visualize.

Anybody with the knowledge, willing to share so I can keep a taut pitch in the rain? What a clever little invention.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
about a million different ways on 12/20/2008 11:46:33 MST Print View

There are about a million ways to make elastic tensioners. The simplest is a loop of small elastic cord like waist drawstring or 1/2" elastic. I use pieces 12 to 14 inches long, tie the ends together and larks-head the loop through the pull-out.

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Re: Thera-Band tensioners: how to make 'em? on 12/20/2008 12:11:00 MST Print View

Here are the detailed instructions from Just Jeff's "To the Woods". The TheraBand is occasionally available in small sections online or you can use surgical tubing. Any specific questions, feel free to PM me.

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
tensioners: how to make 'em? on 12/20/2008 12:16:34 MST Print View

You can use simple rubber bands. Get a big bag of fairly thick ones, use three of them per tie-out, and fold them. I wouldn't want to use them for a very long trip in subfreezing temps though. You can always use them as a firestarter or something, if they break.

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
STLs on 12/20/2008 13:35:37 MST Print View

Tom, et al,

The JRB STLs are on sale....Best deal is scroll down to the large TL & STL set at $19.95....That would be $ 6.65 a pair, and two bonus 9 ft+ regular or ridge lines...Hard to beat that cost even DIY... But they are easy to make...Follow JJ's instructions cited above.


Tom Beno
(KillerB) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Gotta love the BPL forum... on 12/20/2008 14:06:28 MST Print View

Post a question, go out to lunch and find all has been revealed when I come back! Many thanks to all.

Now I just need to decide whether to build my own or take advantage of that JRB deal. No more saggy shelter for me.

Edited by KillerB on 12/20/2008 14:07:28 MST.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Gotta love the BPL forum... on 12/20/2008 16:18:03 MST Print View

Tensioners do more than keep the tent/tarp from sagging; they protect the tent and all its components from wind shock.