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Ty Wagner
(ty27wagner) - F

Locale: Wisconsin
Custom Tarp Tent for 2 is done on 01/07/2010 21:38:18 MST Print View

Ordered a thru-hiker.com tarptent 2 kit and it's done. Added a number of custom features:

1) Large front and rear breaks
2) Can keep one side of front break closed
3) Apex vent to allow more ventilation with front break closed
4) Removable bath tub floor made from two space blankets
5) Additional 7" of mesh on low side to give ability to raise low side of tarp in good weather
6) Line locks on tie outs (including low side) to facilitate adjustments
7) Cantenary curve on ridgeline

Total weight of tarptent with lines, seam sealing, and bathtub floor is 1.5 lbs. Just need to make some light weight stakes.

Gregg Martell
(gmartell) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
How about... on 01/07/2010 21:40:01 MST Print View

a picture or two?

Ty Wagner
(ty27wagner) - F

Locale: Wisconsin
Pictures on 01/07/2010 21:55:09 MST Print View

Completed tarptent

Rear Break

Bath tub floor

Rear Break 2

Corner tie out

cutting the material using a soldering iron-tip cut with a chisel tip

cutting 2nd side

laying out the no-see-um

sewing the tarp together

adding second stitch to ridgeline seam

tie out reinforcement

setup before adding breaks

apex vent pinning

sewing in the zipper

sewing in the zipper 2

pinning the front break

One break open

top frt pole detail

top frt pole detail 2

side view cantenary curve

inside view

apex vent view

one break closed

Edited by ty27wagner on 01/07/2010 22:11:15 MST.

YAMABUSHI !
(THUNDERHORSE) - F
Awesome on 01/08/2010 00:00:39 MST Print View

I am thinink of tinkering with an existing tent shell i have and doing something like this....


great design!

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Awesome on 01/08/2010 01:01:05 MST Print View

Great work Ty,

Cheers

peter kvamme
(karacolor) - F

Locale: midwest
Re: Custom Tarp Tent for 2 is done on 01/08/2010 05:54:01 MST Print View

Great process pics! Nice job.
Peter

Ty Wagner
(ty27wagner) - F

Locale: Wisconsin
Seam sealing on 01/08/2010 06:33:06 MST Print View

When I seam sealed the tent, I used DAP 100% silicon sealer/caulk mixed in a 1:3 ratio with mineral spirits. I took a while to throughly mix the silicon (used a cordless drill and a bamboo rod).

I used about a 1/2 oz (by weight) to seam seal the ridge line and the break seams. Does this seem about right? I was very careful using a syring.

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Seam sealing on 01/08/2010 07:00:36 MST Print View

Ty,

Nice job on the tent, by the way!

Yes, your seam sealing mixture sounds fine. However, I can't speak personally to the syringe method - I use a foam paint brush like Jay Ham used in his article on this site. Works great, and you can watch the seams "soak" up the sealant. I always assumed this way was easier, but I don't know.

Todd

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Custom Tarp Tent for 2 is done" on 01/08/2010 07:29:23 MST Print View

Great results, looks like it'll make a great 3 season shelter. My brother in law made something very similar to this but for 1 person use off the Tarp Tent website I think minus the bug netting. He has plans to make an optional inner and floor soon.

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F

Locale: Northern Virginia
Re: Seam sealing on 01/08/2010 07:35:19 MST Print View

You might want to try a corded drill. They spin much faster. Also, a finish nail with a slight bend in it will stir better than a straight rod.

Great, well documented post. Thanks.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Custom Tarp Tent for 2 is done on 01/08/2010 13:57:42 MST Print View

It is actually much easier to mix if you add a little bit of mineral spirit in at a time . If you ever made a white sauce or something like that, it works the same way...(ie you add a little bit of milk, mix, add more)
No need for drills, I do that by hand inside the bottom of a soda can and with a small paint brush. Takes 2 minutes..
Franco

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Custom Tarp Tent for 2 Pictures on 01/08/2010 15:54:52 MST Print View

Ty,

Very good pictures of a really great looking project. I'm looking at a similar project for my next sewing machine adventure.

I've been bitten hard by the MYOG bug. The only thing that I have found that helps the itch is working on another project.

Your work is outstanding. Congratulations on the finished product. Get back to us later with a field test report.

Party On ! 2010

Newton

Ty Wagner
(ty27wagner) - F

Locale: Wisconsin
Tarptent on 01/08/2010 17:54:50 MST Print View

Field report won't come probably till the end of March since I live near Green Bay. Right now we have about 2 feet of snow on the ground...

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F

Locale: Northern Virginia
Re: Re: Seam sealing on 01/09/2010 07:34:36 MST Print View

"No need for drills, I do that by hand inside the bottom of a soda can and with a small paint brush. Takes 2 minutes".

I think you've put your finger on it. With the bent nail, a drill takes about 10 seconds.

Ty Wagner
(ty27wagner) - F

Locale: Wisconsin
Seal sealing on 01/09/2010 22:21:03 MST Print View

Is using 1/2 oz (by weight) about the right amount of sealant to put on the tarp. I was just trying to soak the threads, not the entire seam area. Just checking just in case I need to put on a second coat.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Custom Tarp Tent for 2 is done on 01/09/2010 23:37:43 MST Print View

I think you've put your finger on it. With the bent nail, a drill takes about 10 seconds
Yep. But at my age it takes me longer than two minutes to get the drill out, insert the nail, start it up and then put it away when I am finished.
And I don't have a nail to throw away.
Anyway, as long as you are happy, I am too...
Franco

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F

Locale: Northern Virginia
Re: Custom Tarp Tent for 2 is done on 01/11/2010 20:19:27 MST Print View

Who said anything about throwing it away?

I still have it for next time :)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Custom Tarp Tent for 2 is done on 01/12/2010 01:32:06 MST Print View

Ty
Yes , the idea is just to fill the needle holes . Some (me) like to do a second coat anyway and also do underneath. I also give it a thicker coat over the guyout points, but that is just me...
Franco

John Brewer
(crane557) - F

Locale: Southern California
WOW on 01/12/2010 07:44:11 MST Print View

Looks Great

jeremy duncan
(jeremyduncan) - F

Locale: Midwest
Custom Tarp Tent for 2 is done on 01/28/2010 16:26:48 MST Print View

Congratulations!

Looks like it turned out really nice.

I am very happy to see someone whop has completed one of these. Just proves it can be done!