The "what have you made today" thread

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by Gadget, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Scotty Von Porkchop Ultralighter

    I had a minor breakdown having way to many quilts to build so wasted a day sewing mini bags, pouches, stuff sacks. I did try out my new DIY company logo stamps and I'm well chuffed with how they came out (generally) and getting better with zips, dare I say cracked it IMG_20160324_222607.jpg
  2. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    Plastic lid from instant coffee cylinder ( look at aldi/lidl) fits great over Alpkit Myticup and holds foil lid nice and all the rest whats put inside secure..

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  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I love these little discoveries of things lying around that work with outdoor kit.
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  4. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    @WilliamC I know..there's so much "stuff" about just open you eyes/mind ..;).. its a shame to buy things that can easily be "trash" sourced...lid for example:D
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  5. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Plenty silnylon left so one made for the Notch and a neat drybag as well...

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    Drybag weight 12g, tent bags are lighter than the originals.

    Starting to feel a bit guilty now about hiding my annual bonus...:oops::angelic:
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  6. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    Made a "Bobcat" clone windscreen today for BIG BPL firelite 1300ml pot..now need to wait for step drill bit to do the vents.. 20160402_192538.jpg

    Sorry for side pic..dont know how to rotate once posted :-(
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  7. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    Very neat fit. The diameter looks smaller at the base than at the top in the photo, surely it can't be must be the camera angle?

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  8. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    @Graham its camera angle. I had to angle it for a fair bit to get more light..(smartphone camera)..getting it fit nice was a bit of a gamble but with some adjustments easily done..Ali flashing...so easy to work with..will post final product once I get all the vents done...
  9. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Hopefully you will test it before hand....it doesn't look as though there's sufficient gap around the pot for the hot gases to get to the vent holes, but that may be just the photo.
  10. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    @Whiteburn there's 2-3 mm space around the pot so the pot still sitts on the upper egde of the screen. since there are no handles on the pot I opted to use pins as support...

    That enough space to let the hot gases excape. Also I plan to cut 1,5 cm holes around upper perimeter to increase airflow...

    cheers
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  11. EM - Tacblades

    EM - Tacblades Ultralighter

    Spent a few hours putting new mesh doors in inners and some lanterns. Planning a top quilt :)
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  12. EM - Tacblades

    EM - Tacblades Ultralighter

    Just a few tube lanterns for friends :)
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  13. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Following the arrival of my 1mm dyneema i undertook an experiment in ruining my eyesight as quickly as possible by attempting to splice it into a UCR guy line. The appeal is the UCR just has two fixed loops at each end so it can be larks footed onto the tarp or shelter and then pegged out. it is fully adjustable from about 18 inches to 6ft. Its rated to about 90kg and the weight is just 2.5g. It requires no hardware or further knots as it relies on the friction of one rope passing through the other to maintain the tension once adjusted. Low bulk as well. I will be testing mainly on my hammock setup but it looks to work just as well as its bigger amsteel brother. Its a very fiddly job at this diameter. A normal UCR takes me about 10 mins in 2.2mm line but this was an hour. I used 0.2mm stainless wire folded in half to make the fid. Worked fine but i would have preferred a little more stiffness.

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    DaveXtrekker on youtube has a howto which is excellent if anyone fancies giving it a go

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  14. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I'm sure I read on Zenstoves that a 6mm (1/4") minimum gap was required for optimum stove performance with straight cylinder type windscreen.
    Will be interesting to see whether the smaller gap helps or impedes the stove performance.
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  15. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    Made at the weekend rather than "today", hope that's allowed ;)

    Tyvek bag (16g) for my pack rod to replace the supplied cotton rod bag (52g). You get a lot of fishing flies for the 36g saving - back to the fly tying :)

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  16. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Now why did you have to post this... says I, nervously eyeing the 100m spool of 1.2mm Spectra sitting on my desk. ;)

    Just out of interest, what is the advantage of using a UCR over a whoopie sling in this case? The only one I can see is a small weight saving because you only have a single length going through that long bury rather than a long loop going back.
  17. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Yes weight savings and economy of line used are the primary benefits. In amsteel the saving is 10g per pair of whoopies. Whoopies use around 25ft of line per pair and these use a little over half that so are cheaper. The reason for 1mm is for my guy lines to eliminate the line loc 3s and 2.5mm cord I currently use. Less weight and less bulk. I've had little success with spectra dyneema as it doesn't have as much core space for splicing
  18. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I have no idea what a whoopie is, but I'd still like one :oops:
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  19. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I hear you on the Spectra: I had to give it a go and while the locked Brummel was fiddly, it was doable. The bury was another matter! A real exercise in fruitless frustration... :arghh:

    Whoopie slings are a slippery slope: you start with some innocent splicing of Amsteel dynema and you quickly find yourself shopping for tree huggers and eyeing every measly tree as a possible hang. ;)
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  20. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    I always prefer to sleep in a hammock if possible but its not easy in the UK to link up walks with good trees. Norway is great though with trees up high too
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  21. Meadows

    Meadows Section Hiker

    That's a great idea @paul .
    Adjustable without knots or hardware on thin fiddly lines is great

    How short a bury can you get away with?
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  22. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    i went with 12 inch which is massive overkill. id reckon 4-5 inch would probably hold on a guy line.
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  23. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker



    Rope manufacturers provide all the splicing data on their websites. If it's not provided, another company with the same dia rope and construction will be close enough. It's a good idea not to deviate to far from the advised......but, you can cut the bury down quite a bit. It comes down to the maximum force you think will be applied. If the line will only see half it's breaking strain reached, the bury can be near halved. Usually, for my own use, I reduce them by a third from recommended.
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  24. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    @Balagan explanation helped and I'm not qualified in the least to comment but the terminology is so laden with double entendre that I'm going with: "You get a Whoopie when you Bury a Brummel".
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  25. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    DaveXtrekker has his theory arse-backwards.
    For a whoopie, bury length is 74x the cord diameter, UCRs need to be longer by 50% ( and have a prusik on the loose tail of the outer constrictor line to keep tension on both ends of it).
    So for 1mm line, theoretically, you could get away with a 4" bury, which would mean you could shorten your guylines up pretty short.
    I use four wrap prusiks on the 0.75mm dyneema I'm using for guylines. They work fine, but take a bit of managing. Don't think I could manage a splice in that stuff tho'! (took long enough to do an eye splice in that 1.2mm eBay dyneema)
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