Securing my tent (sorry to beat a dead horse)

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Securing my tent (sorry to beat a dead horse)

Post by Amandaroo » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:27 pm

I know this topic has been discussed a ton but I just need some confirmation that my plan is going to work before I hit the ol' checkout button on Amazon. It's my first time going with a tent instead of an RV and I am not super familiar with power tools.

I am bring a 6-person Coleman fast-pitch tent. The stake holes are not grommets, but loops.
https://www.coleman.com/carlsbad-fast-p ... 24290.html
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My plan is to use 3/8x14inch lag screws ( and washers (

I don't have an impact driver. I was looking that this one
My understanding is I would also need to get this adapter

Do I have this right? Thanks for any suggestions!
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Re: Securing my tent (sorry to beat a dead horse)

Post by Drizzt321 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:20 pm

So, I can't see all the links/images in your post, but general thoughts:

3/8" x 14" will be plenty unless you're doing a very large structure. Washers over it, and then mule tape such as this, cut lengths of 9-12" or so, use a lighter to melt the ends a bit so they don't unravel, and tie a water knot using both ends. That will give you a VERY strong loop. Put it around the lag screw, then put the other end through to form a loop that will cinch down when pulled. That'll give you something great to tie off to.

The Ryobi is kinda the recommended cheap impact driver to get. Make sure to get 2 batteries for it, unless you have a way to charge up so you can pull out everything.

Get this and you'll have the adapter to fit sockets for the impact driver. Based on https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/us-b ... _1457.html you'll need a 9/16" 6 point (hex head) socket such as this, or one from any standard socket 3/8" or 1/2" socket set.

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Post by Token » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:31 pm

And for a small tent (yes, your Coleman is a small tent), all this nonsense with lag bolts and power tools is insane overkill.

A 10 or 12 inch nail spike available in any big box hardware store and a 16 Oz claw hammer every human on this earth should own ...

Cheaper, available, no batteries, impact wrenches, bits or adapters needed.

Just some common sense on keeping it simple.

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Post by Jackass » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:52 am

Amen, brother Token.
Some simple foolproof shit right there, a wad of steel with a handle jammed in.
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Post by Token » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:47 am

Hey, you honor me daily with that signature

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Post by pizzalarry » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:32 pm

What they're saying. If you like, get some rebar for stakes, and duct tape your poles to the rebar - I've secured big structures just this way. Put a topper on each stake for visibility.

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Post by Savannah » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:59 pm

Token wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:31 pm
And for a small tent (yes, your Coleman is a small tent), all this nonsense with lag bolts and power tools is insane overkill.

A 10 or 12 inch nail spike available in any big box hardware store and a 16 Oz claw hammer every human on this earth should own ...

Cheaper, available, no batteries, impact wrenches, bits or adapters needed.

Just some common sense on keeping it simple.
Absolutely agreed . . . for my past nylon tents, I have only ever used 10" Coleman stakes (and a small sledgehammer). They're great. They did fine in the 8-hour windstorms of 2008.

I have used rebar and blue rope (similar to paracord, staked to hell and back) for heavier things, like shade structures.
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Post by Amandaroo » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:52 pm

Thank you everyone!!!

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Post by trilobyte » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:19 am

I'm giving this a nudge to the recommendations board, since that's a better fit for threads seeking recommendations on commercial products.

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Re: Securing my tent (sorry to beat a dead horse)

Post by Meat Hunter » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:44 am

I use this adapter in my impact driver with a generic socket that will fit my lag bolt.

These sockets come in dozen of sizes and can be purchased individually at Big BoX DIY stores.

https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tnpla/ ... gL0LvD_BwE

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