grommets vs clips / grips for knitted shadecloth

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grommets vs clips / grips for knitted shadecloth

Post by guerrillayogi » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:46 am

i want to add a row of connectors down the MIDDLE of my knitted shadecloth.

adding grommets is a permanent solution, right? I will also need special tools?

An alternative is tarp grips, such as these (
Easier, but apparently not too strong - the plastic can snap in high winds.

Finally, what about zipties? A large number of zipties to secure the shadecloth to the frame? My only fear is that the wind can tear the fabric - but will that be a concern if I have zipties every 6 inches or so? (along a 30 ft length)

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Re: grommets vs clips / grips for knitted shadecloth

Post by tamarakay » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:51 am

We grommet ours and then use bungee balls. Works great. Mydearfriend uses clips on hers and has had no problems either. But she just uses them along the bottom of her hut, if I remember correctly. The tool sets and grommets can be purchased as a kit. We also grommet the edge of our floor tarp so we can stake it down easily.
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Re: grommets vs clips / grips for knitted shadecloth

Post by skippy3k » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:14 am

I would recommend grommets. Zipties every 6" may or may not work, but I wouldn't want to have to cut each ziptie during teardown. I would be a hassle.
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Post by AntiM » Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:21 pm

skippy3k wrote: I would be a hassle.
But yet we still love you, Skippy.

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Re: grommets vs clips / grips for knitted shadecloth

Post by skippy3k » Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:29 am

:oops: An unintentional typo, yet, when I re-read it, I think it still holds true. After cutting the 20th ziptie and trying to locate it in the dusty playa, I'm sure I wouldn't be a good person to be around!
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Re: grommets vs clips / grips for knitted shadecloth

Post by guerrillayogi » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:03 pm

skippy3k wrote::oops: An unintentional typo, yet, when I re-read it, I think it still holds true. After cutting the 20th ziptie and trying to locate it in the dusty playa, I'm sure I wouldn't be a good person to be around!
Thanks for the reflection. I imagined breaking down camp after 2 weeks in the desert, and realized (in my imagination) that I should have gotten grommets for ease of use and longevity. That, and fuck plastic waste. So I ordered 1/2" grommets, hope my 3/8 lag bolts + washer fit.

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Re: grommets vs clips / grips for knitted shadecloth

Post by FIGJAM » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:52 pm

You won't need the washers. 8)
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