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Justin Chaussee
(judach) - F

Locale: Earth
Re: Level? on 11/10/2009 01:42:29 MST Print View

It's a level that I believe craftsman makes and I use it to hang pictures and stuff. It shoots a laser across the surface you set it on to make a continuous and straight line. We just put it on the fabric and set it at the angle we wanted and it made a very straight laser line on the fabric that we then cut. It worked very well. I think one costs around 20 bucks at home depot.

>> Bender <<
(Bender) - MLife

Locale: NEO
Grommet question on 11/10/2009 07:54:13 MST Print View

Justin was the #1 sized grommet a good pick for this? I was looking at grommet kits but I will likely go with #0 for attaching to standard tent poles. FYI has aluminum grommets.

Edited by Bender on 11/10/2009 07:54:52 MST.

Lance Marshall
(Lancem) - F - MLife

Locale: Oregon
Re: Grommet Question on 11/10/2009 10:26:50 MST Print View


#0 grommets are advertised as having a .25" diameter hole. The pole tips I purchased from Quest Outfitters were larger than that. The plastic tip for .344" poles measured .26". The aluminum tip for the .430" poles measured .27". I use #1 grommets (.28125" hole) and they work fine.

Measure your pole tips before you commit to a grommet kit.

Good luck,


Edited by Lancem on 11/10/2009 10:31:17 MST.

Justin Chaussee
(judach) - F

Locale: Earth
Re: Re: Grommet Question on 11/10/2009 11:22:22 MST Print View

Bender, I used the #1 grommets because they fit the easton tent poles with the grommet tips I use. The #0 grommets wouldn't have fit the poles. But maybe you could get a thinner pole/grommet tip that would work for you. I found the #1 grommets to work perfectly for me. As Lance pointed out, just measure your pole tips and make sure they will fit the grommet you plan on using before you commit to buying a kit.

sean mccutcheon

Locale: East Bay
needles ? on 11/10/2009 18:50:53 MST Print View

Justin good job on your tarptent. I've just recieved my my
materials today and cann't wait to get started. What size needles do you use. Also did you change any of the measurements?

Justin Chaussee
(judach) - F

Locale: Earth
Re: needles ? on 11/10/2009 19:56:22 MST Print View

Sean, the needle was a microtex sharp needle size #70 and I used hydropone thread from I'd actually recommend using an even thinner needle than the #70. Thinner needle, smaller holes, more watertight. Make sure to get the sharp needles and not the slightly blunt ones for knit type fabric. I didn't change any measurements from the henry shires website for the tarptent for 2. I just did not include a floor to save weight. I use a piece of tyvek that I cut to fit the size of my sleeping bag instead. Good luck on yours!! Post pics when you're done.

Ty Wagner
(ty27wagner) - F

Locale: Wisconsin
design mods? on 12/13/2009 10:31:22 MST Print View

Awesome looking tarptent. From the pictures it look like you modified the original tarptent design. Would you please post the design mods you made from the original design.

peter kvamme
(karacolor) - F

Locale: midwest
Re: design mods? on 12/13/2009 18:10:26 MST Print View

"I didn't change any measurements from the henry shires website for the tarptent for 2"

The photo is a little misleading because he took it before he had his poles. In the photo the back side is staked to the ground instead of elevated with a pole like it would normally be.

Justin Chaussee
(judach) - F

Locale: Earth
Re: Re: design mods? on 12/13/2009 23:21:19 MST Print View

Correct. I was just anxious to see it set up. I started another thread with more pics when my poles arrived and I was able to set it up correctly. Here are a few pics of it set up with the poles...front rightrear leftrear rightmodified rear pullout

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: design mods? on 12/14/2009 00:35:37 MST Print View

Hi Justin

I suggest the mid-side guys are just a bit too tight.