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William Lesmerises
(bjlesm) - F - M
Cuben fiber and grommets on 07/26/2009 17:01:14 MDT Print View

Thinking of making a simple cuben fiber tarp and would like to know if you can grommet the material or does this weaken the material too much and lead to rips. I really dont want to bother sewing tie-in point all over the place and small grommets seem like an easy alternative. Thanks.

Jim Colten
(jcolten)

Locale: MN
Re: Cuben fiber and grommets on 07/26/2009 17:26:44 MDT Print View

Grommets ... can be done successfully with woven fabric but I have no idea about cuben. But a good grommet is not easy.

Take a look at what Scott did on his shelter.

Scott Van Doeselaar
(vandoe) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
Re: Re: Cuben fiber and grommets on 07/28/2009 21:51:02 MDT Print View

Personally I think a grommet on cuben is a bad idea. As soon as you put holes in it loses almost all structurally integrity. A bonded on loop however will be strong enough that the material will fail first. They are pretty easy also.

Edited by vandoe on 07/28/2009 21:51:33 MDT.

William Lesmerises
(bjlesm) - F - M
thanks on 07/29/2009 06:25:36 MDT Print View

Thanks for the replies. If I did the bonded loops, would be be better to sandwich the tarp between the doubled loop, or bond the loop on one side of the tarp. Is it necessary to reinforce the corners of the tarp before appling the loops? Thanks again.

Scott Van Doeselaar
(vandoe) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
Re: thanks on 07/29/2009 07:46:27 MDT Print View

>would be be better to sandwich the tarp between the doubled loop, or bond the loop on one side of the tarp

I think it is better to sandwhich the tarp between the doubled loop. This will help prevent peeling.

>Is it necessary to reinforce the corners of the tarp before appling the loops?

I have done both ways. I don't think you have to but it seems like it adds alot of strength for the weight.