Putting up a tarp

Submitted: Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 15:00
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Hi all,

I have a 7.2m x 6.0m silver tarp, that I want to setup as a free standing shelter.

It will have ridge poles supporting it through the middle, with a vertical pole in the centre of it and a mushroom on top so it doesn't puncture the tarp. The corner poles and the poles at each end of the ridge will have two ropes at right angles to each other going to the ground.

My question is, at what spacing should I have poles around the edge of the tarp?

Appreciate any feedback.
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Reply By: flappan - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 15:32

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 15:32
Depends how secure you want it.

Even in a moderate wind, a tarp that size will be hard to handle.

I would be spacing the poles as per the holes in the tarp. Probably 3 including the middle pole on the 7.2, and 2 extras on the 6.0m side. (not including the end poles).
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 15:47

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 15:47
Savvas, you must have expert advice there as his name is flappan.ne cede malis
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 15:51

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 15:51
Hahaha...well done Des!

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Reply By: basecamp15 - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 17:48

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 17:48
We just came back from a trip and had a tarp around that size erected with only corner poles and a middle rope. We had the corners pretty tight to prevent flapping and if the wind got right up, lowered the corners a bit to stop the wind getting underneath it.
With this in mind, I'm sure you can get away with only 1 side pole on each as the wind we had was pretty strong at times.
Cheers, Mark.
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Reply By: Allan 2 (Pilbara) - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 00:37

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 00:37
If you're getting the tarp made or modified put in heaps of extra eyelets and carry extra poles etc and then you can put it up to suit the weather or you can space poles to suil different obstacles like trees, cars tents etc.
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Reply By: Bundy - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 22:47

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 22:47
It's also a good idea to have a piece of webbing and a grommet put in the middle of the tarp. That way you dont have to worry about the pole puncturing it and the webbing can have a rope tied to it and pegged to the ground at the base preventing the middle of the tarp lifting off the pole/ground.
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