I was given 9m of .51oz cuben for Christmas this year, and I am trying to prep myself to start making something.
My thought is to make a 9'x7' tarp. Really, it will be like 8'10" rather than 9, I guess. This means that I will use two pieces of cuben that measure 4.5'x 7' and will take about 5 yards (including reinforcement patches).
I would like to make this tarp as strong as I can, given the fabric choice, so I am looking for the best methods for putting it all together.
My current plan is to bond the ridgeline. I have read up on some of the different seams that I could do. I was thinking of simply overlapping the material 1/2" or 1" and bonding it with Hysol. Is there a stronger seam than this?
Also, With this specific setup, I can't really add in a cat curve along the ridgeline, because the ridgeline goes across the width. Is the ridgeline being situated like this creating a weakness in the tarp? Would bonding be stronger than taping?
Since I am not doing a cat ridgeline, would it create a stronger or tighter pitch to put a cat curve on the edges? Also, would a quarter circle reinforcement patch be stronger than a triangular? Finally, (I think) would having two reinforcement layers (one on each side of the tarp) bonded down for the tieouts be significantly stronger than 1?
This turned out to be a lot of questions, but with how much cuben costs, and my lack of a job, I want to make sure I make something that is worth while. Thanks all for the help.