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    Spreader Bar Tarp Protectors

    This is really simple and obvious, so this is for those who haven't thought of it yet.

    While I prefer to keep the spreader bar outside the tarp by larks heading an extra CL onto the hammock, this is not always possible due to shorter tree distance.

    I used a piece of 1/2" foam pipe insulation. Cut off 2 pieces about 2 1/2" - 3" long. Position the foam so that the score mark is at 12:00. Cut a slot perpendicular to the lengthwise centerline about 1/4" wide, roughly 1" from an end, from about 3:00 to 9:00 (actually just a bit farther in both directions). At the longer end, cut the score mark so that the foam can be split open, leaving the short end closed. I trimmed a bevel along the top outer edge, can't hurt.

    Installing is a no brainer.

    I haven't actually tried this under the tarp yet so...I'm just assuming it will help preserve the life of the tarp fabric. Gotta be better than bar tips and whoopie hooks dragging on it.

    barends-foam-installed.jpg barends-foam-installed-detail.jpg barends-foam-cuts.jpg

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    Nice idea and implementation. My problem would be keeping up with these.

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    My thought also. Just another thing to lose or leave at home etc.

    I think it may be advantageous to not spit the foam. Just slide onto the bar, maybe even taping it in place, and flex the end up to slip the DWH and amsteel onto the tip. Think I'll give it try.

    <edit>Yeah, tape or glue onto the bar and easily flex the foam end up to slip in the assembled DWH/whoopie/CL or whatever combo. Piece of cake. I was afraid that too much flex would tear the foam, but it seems to not affect it.</edit>
    Last edited by sqidmark; 06-03-2016 at 10:43.

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    A simple yet effective solution on how to protect your tarp. I like it.!!a pool noodle,wow very simple but i had never given this a thought,,Thanks for sharong..

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    Great idea. Might have to try it this weekend with my new WBRR

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