Monday, May 3, 2010

DIY Gear Repair - How to Fix a Tarp with a Rock

Being able to make field expedient repairs to your gear is a necessary survival skill. One of the pieces of gear that can cause problems is your tarps. There is a simple way to fix one of the more common problems that occur with tarps. Realizing that shelter is always one of the first priorities in a survival situation makes knowing how to repair this common problem a good way to make your survival a little easier.

Tarps are great for making a shelter but the grommets that are located on the corners and along the edges sometimes fail. In order to keep your tarp from tearing when tying it off or due to high winds, etc. there is a simple fix for the problem. Use a rock!

Wrap the corner or edge of your tarp where the grommet has busted out or is missing around a rock and then tie it off with rope or paracord. It will actually hold better than the original grommet would have secured it. Don't have any rope or paracord? Just use a bigger rock to weigh the edge of your tarp down!

Got busted tarp? Get a rock!

Staying above the water line!



Bitmap said...

Sort of a variation on the "golf ball" method of deer skinning.

I like it. Thanks for the tip.

riverwalker said...

To: Bitmap

It works good on those thin plastic sheets as well. Just need to use a fairly smooth rock from a river or stream to avoid further damage to your tarp or plastic sheeting.

Thanks Bitmap!


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