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    Default 'Test' 10x10 4mil Clear Tarp

    I own two nylon 9x9 tarps already, but I love playing around so I decided to try a clear plastic tarp

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    Duck Tape Brand White Duct Tape
    4mil Clear Plastic Sheeting ( 10x25 roll )
    3/8" reflective cord

    I simply cut a 10X10 square from the 10X25 roll. I then fashioned tie outs from the duct tape, and loops of the 3/8" cord.

    I have it hanging in the backyard test lab.

    This version is a testbed. I am testing the tie-out system, and also seeing how robust the 4mil plastic is without any reinforcement. Durability of the plastic is also something I am curious about.

    If things go well I plan on taking the concept to a 12X10 tarp that I can close up with doors



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    Here's the simple tie-outs:



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    Very cool project. Be curious to know how it holds up long term. Some guys over at BackpackingLight have done similar things but used polycryo instead. Basically the clear window insulation. Some neat stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiffyguy View Post
    Very cool project. Be curious to know how it holds up long term. Some guys over at BackpackingLight have done similar things but used polycryo instead. Basically the clear window insulation. Some neat stuff.
    Those guys were one of the inspirations of my project. Polycro would certainly be lighter, and pack better.

    I imagine a kit of polycro will end up in my shopping cart one day.

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    It is interesting stuff. I have a chunk I have used as a ground cloth. It will shrink a little in the sun but pretty tough stuff and UV resistant. Just make sure to get the outdoor kind for extra toughness.

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    I used that for over five years as my only shelter. Ran a "youts" program and each kid got one 10x10 4 mil tarp for the duration of the program. Mine usually lasted a year in all four seasons. It was cheap to operate that way.

    We taught sticking a pebble under it and tying it off with a clove hitch as a gromet technique. Simple and movable.
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    I have some of the thicker black plastic sheeting (6mil) from Home Depot to try this with. I cut mine to 10x10. It's kind of heavy & bulky for what it is (the stuff I have). I'm glad to see others doing this. I had wondered about using it without reinforcements so I will follow your progress
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloudraker View Post
    I used that for over five years as my only shelter. Ran a "youts" program and each kid got one 10x10 4 mil tarp for the duration of the program. Mine usually lasted a year in all four seasons. It was cheap to operate that way.

    We taught sticking a pebble under it and tying it off with a clove hitch as a gromet technique. Simple and movable.
    The pebble trick is my fallback plan if the tape fails.

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    "Cletus-bilt" work at its finest. Love to see homemade gear. Please keep us posted.
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    3 days in with no noticeable issues so far. The weather hasn't been a issue as it has been simply lovely the last few days.


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