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Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Mesh/netting questions for MYOG tent. on 03/01/2009 08:11:13 MST Print View

Three questions on mesh and netting:

1. For California/Sierra use does anyone see a need for "no-seeum" extra fine mesh? I hate how it doesn't let much air flow through if the wind isn't blowing. Mosquitoes and deer flies are the only things I've ever been bothered by. I'm planning to go with regular mosquito netting for my pyramid's door and vents.

2. Strong mesh. I'm going to use some amount of mesh for the peak of my pyramid. I haven't decided whether it will be more of a window panel or the entire last couple feet of the pyramid. It will be under stress and ought to be as strong as 30D silnylon. Do I go with regular mosquito netting or something like non-stretch "rawhide" from OWF (pack pocket type material), backed by mosquito netting to keep the bugs out? Has anyone seen a good strong mesh that is still tight enough to block mosquitoes?

3. For perimeter venting along the base of my pyramid- will regular mosquito netting tend to get torn up a lot from ground contact? If so I'm thinking a strip of netting then a strip of 1.1 or 1.9 basis weight silnylon for the sod cloth that would be in actual contact with the ground.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Mesh/netting questions for MYOG tent. on 03/01/2009 08:48:55 MST Print View

As far as #2 goes i don't think you'll find a light weight mosquito mesh with the strength you need. However, if you sew 4 grossgrain straps in that start in the center of each panel where the sil meets the mesh and the straps meet at the top they will carry the load for you instead of it falling on the mesh. You can seam them in or leave them unattached to the mesh as long as you account for a way to meet them at the top and to hold the pole in.

-Tim

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Re: Mesh/netting questions for MYOG tent. on 03/01/2009 08:55:57 MST Print View

Tim,

I had thought of that but it seems the straps would create point loading. It's sort of similar to the question of whether to make reinforced seams that stretch less than the surrounding material, or try to have the seams mimic the panel behavior.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Mesh/netting questions for MYOG tent. on 03/01/2009 09:04:22 MST Print View

regarding #3: I have a well used 5 year old floorless MYOG tarptent with a noseeum (not nano) skirt that just lies on the ground. I routinely set boots, water bottles and other loose gear on it. No sign of damage yet.

So I don't know about nano ... but if (WHEN!) I make a lighter version (spinntex and nanoseeum), I'll likely treat it the same way.

But I wouldn't use any kind of mesh for a sod cloth on a shelter that will be used in the snow. That's not likely to last long and even if it did, it'd be a real pain in the backside.

Edited by jcolten on 03/01/2009 09:05:48 MST.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Mesh/netting on 03/01/2009 09:13:26 MST Print View

I've had the same thought about no using noseeum netting. All it does where I live is stop a nice evening breeze.

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Re: Re: Mesh/netting questions for MYOG tent. on 03/01/2009 10:25:55 MST Print View

"But I wouldn't use any kind of mesh for a sod cloth on a shelter that will be used in the snow. That's not likely to last long and even if it did, it'd be a real pain in the backside."

Agreed,

This will be a four person family tent for mostly summer use. Bug protection will be the #1 use, rain #2.

tkkn c
(tkknc) - MLife

Locale: Desert Rat in the Southwest
Mesh/netting questions for MYOG tent on 03/01/2009 11:25:41 MST Print View

Here is a picture of the net shelter, I made it for our family of four. I used regular noseeum. At the top, I only used a little round patch to reinforce the top. It has held up for 10 years. It was large enough until my son grew taller than his mom. The kids kept knocking over the center pole (and thought it was so funny) so I used my ski poles in avalanche probe mode on the outside to hold it up. The shelter was made to fit inside a magamid.

pyr tent

Edited by tkknc on 03/01/2009 11:29:46 MST.

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Re: Mesh/netting questions for MYOG tent on 03/01/2009 15:10:39 MST Print View

Ken,

How much does your shelter weigh? I might be better off doing a simple pyramid for rain, and something like yours for bug protection. The Black Diamond and Golite bug shelters seem pretty heavy.

Jim

tkkn c
(tkknc) - MLife

Locale: Desert Rat in the Southwest
Mesh/netting questions for MYOG tent on 03/01/2009 15:36:38 MST Print View

It weighs 2 lbs 6 oz. That is with a heavy floor. It would be lighter with a sil-nylon floor (also, more slippery for the kids).