Mule tape?

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Mule tape?

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Post by pofloyd1 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:27 pm

I have been playing around with a cheap tarp to test some paracord soft shackles and continuous loops. My question is when I ran the ridgeline I wrapped paracord around the pine trees, is that the way to do it ? Or should I use some mule tape around the tree and hook the ridgeline to the tape ? I have not been outside in a hammock yet, but have been making some DIY gear first so this spring my wife and I hang in the backyard to start with. I'm 71 and new to all this so go easy on me.



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Post by rhjanes » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:47 pm

I use Zing-It for my tarp. Mule tape is ok also for a tarp. And mule tape is used by some for their hammock suspension. I tried mule tape, but didnt' like the damage I did to the tree. (I'd not wrapped the tape around the tree several times.....I've since read that you should wrap a few times around the tree......)
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Post by Scuba » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:24 pm

cordage for a tarp suspension is ok, you arent hanging off of it, just the tarp. Where straps are needed is when hanging the hammock, because you are transferring hundreds of pounds of weight (depending on your weight, angle of the hang and other factors) to the tree itself and the straps help to disperse the impact.
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Post by gmcpcs » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:03 pm

Small stuff, like zing it or lash it, is great for tarp lines. Paracord will tend to stretch over time, or so I've heard.

I actually take about a 3' piece of gutted Paracord and run my zing it through on both ends of my tarp ridge line. The Paracord makes a "sleeve" so that sliding back and forth and up and down on the tree trunk is easier, and giving some protection to the tree as I adjust my continuous ridge line.

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Post by pofloyd1 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:45 am

Thanks for all the replies, I have learnt a lot just reading and watching the videos. So far we have just hung in the house, waiting for spring to try hanging in the backyard to start with.
Our straps for the hammock are 1" DIY plus DIY whoopie slings and I used zing it for the hammock ridge line material is from Dutch. I set the tarp up and left it out the day before this last snow storm here in Indiana to see about some DIY stuff I had made up out of gutted paracord. I went out to check on the tarp a while ago and all was well, everything held up an was still there. But I think will go ahead and use the zing it with the gutted paracord from now on I like that idea. I had about 1000 feet of mule tape is why I asked about it.

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