Thanks everyone for the advice! I wasn't really expecting this many responses on here, seems to be a pretty good community =)
I grabbed some permatex auto glass sealer at a local car store thinking that was the correct stuff, come to find out it's not what Newton had suggested... Think it'll work anyway? He said it's tackier than silicone, yet still waterproof... I dunno. I don't want to put something on my brand new tarp just to have ruined it. thoughts?
I'm running up against a time constraint on sealing it for this particular trip, since we're leaving saturday, and it's already thursday night (if the sealer takes ~24hrs to dry...) I may try it out the one night without sealing, and hope it doesn't rain any more than a sprinkle... 'Course it's the Pacific Northwest, so you can't really EXPECT anything, much less great weather 100% of the time.
Wow! that looks like a disaster to wake up to! did it catch you in the middle of the night, and did you have to move your camp?
I've pitched this in the front yard a few times, and read quite a few articles and posts here and there, and you end up with lots of people with lots of opinions (which is usually a good thing!)
In a Cat Tarp, is it better to pitch the ridgeline as one continuous line from pole/tree to pole/tree? or two individual guy lines?
I've measured out my six main guy points at about one and a half wingspans, (roughly 6-8 feet?) Is this long enough?
What are most people using to tension their guylines, and keep them tensioned? I'm planning on using a tautline through a little hole in my stakes, seems to work at first, but I'm not entirely convinced it'll keep when/if the wind gets a-blowin.
I've read a little about auto tensioning guylines too, using surgical tubing or shock cord... Thoughts here?