The "what have you made today" thread

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

  1. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    Super smooth job on those vents! Finding that the distance between pot wall and windshield is good then? The results say so!!!
  2. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    @Graham cheers! The conical drill bit is easy to work with you just need to go slow and allow it to cut the material..of course there's some
    sandpaper work involved once you're done drilling...the distance is tricky part as once I've placed pot into the windshield there was uneven
    distance all around but I didn't bother and it did just fine...;)...
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  3. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member


    Rucksack shoulder strap pad. Not quite as neat as the ZPacks ones but cheaper :)
    Unlike the ZPacks ones, can be attached without unthreading the harness webbing. Modelled on the Exped Thunder but will fit any pack. Adds a bit of cushioning to stop my collar bone getting bruised. Just used a spare bit of closed cell foam mat and Velcro. I sewed the Velcro onto the foam as well as using some duct tape.
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  4. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    "What you have made a few years ago..." Just found this having a gear tidy up.

    Made a hanger for my water bottle(s) so it attaches to the top of my walking pole (tent pole), the Source Convertube then hangs down to the filter (Aquaguard Eliminator) so i can stick my pan underneath and it drip filters into the pan while i'm doing other things, blowing up my airmat etc.
    Weighs 12g, the elastic strap round the middle is velcro'd so it can be adjusted to fit most all my bottles, and pulled tight to increase pressure on the drip filter. A bit like a hospital drip stand:)

    Dont use it anymore since i switched to a Mini Sawyer

  5. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Another one: Windshield made with pot cosy material, edges taped with foil tape (Poundland) - this is the only stuff that Ive found foil tape really sticks to. 3 x 1g Ti Pins in side sleeve. Plastic Earth wire tubing taped to the bottom of each end panel and one in the centre (probably could use drink straws). Ti pins are used to anchor the screen in the ground.

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  6. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    ZPacks now has roll-top side closure straps that can be retrofitted to the ArcBlast :thumbsup:

    Cost $10 plus postage. :thumbsdown:

    Answer: some unused MLD shock cord + cord locks plus a bit of fortune in finding a compatible side-release buckle. Fully-adjustable.

    Cost $0 :D:D

  7. Meadows

    Meadows Section Hiker

    I made a pack hanger.
    2 metres of 2.2mm dyneema with a locked brummel at each end, one with a large loop and one small with a tiny metal clip attached.
    You larks foot the cord around a tree about chest height, threading the clip end through the larger loop. The clip then threads through your pack grab loop and then back up to clip the cord around the tree.
    No more bending over to get to the contents in the bottom of your bag and keeps your bag clean by keeping it off the ground 20160423_091011.jpg . All for only 8 grams
  8. Jmws

    Jmws Ultralighter

    You lot were putting me to shame so I thought I'd have a go at adjustable guy lines using prussiks rather than line locs. True test will be during windy weather. image.jpeg image.jpeg
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  9. Meadows

    Meadows Section Hiker

    Good luck with the test, there's plenty of foul weather around at the moment.

    I'm currently playing around with a modified Farimond Hitch which hopefully will remove having to tie the prussic to the loop at the end.
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    EM - Ross Thru Hiker

  11. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    Cheers. Yeah, maybe plain would be better - just didn't have any compatible cord available. The MLD shock cord and cord locks were lying around unused :) The shock cord is long enough and has enough stretch to fasten down the roll top all the way up to a fully loaded pack.

    While I remember, the 1/2" side-release buckle came from Quest Outfitters.
  12. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    Cut the cheap pot lifter in half..18g..not the lightest but can add extra hole or two to save more weight;)...

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  13. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    Can you still use the lifter to pour from the pot @slovhike ? I thought the lifter design relies on the two outside lugs going over the pot rim with the central third lug clamping it tight?
  14. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker


    Confused :confused:
    Why have you attached the end of the line to the prusik wrap?
  15. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member


    New non-slip shoulder strap webbing for my GG Mariposa. Sewing courtesy of my mum :)
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  16. Jmws

    Jmws Ultralighter

    Just playing and experimenting really. Having had a couple of linelocs broken by students standing on them I decided to have a go at a system without linelocs. Normally I'd Lark's head (or Bowline if lines are to remain attached) my line to my tarp and then run the free end around the stake/tree and back through the tarp loop to create a 2:1 pulley before securing with a slippery hitch (or variant). These adjustable prussik held loops are intended for my zephyros 2 or laser comp.
  17. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    The first 2 of my Chinese Alu baking tins arrived today. The rims are 'big' - too big for my purposes so I spent a couple of hours filing them off (wish I had a lathe :grumpy:).

    5" and 6" diameter. Approx 35g and 55g (sans rim) - nice and light :thumbsup::):). I'm hoping they will be OK for frying. Not tried them yet but must be better than Titanium :D.


    The 5" seems to fit quite well with the Evernew UL 600ml pot/cone.




    Option for bacon and eggs next trip :happy::happy::happy:
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  18. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    PS, Cost - 99p and £1.88
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  19. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    This afternoons little effort, Project Apex I call it. Loosely based on the apex piece as used on old skool Vango tents but to create an A-frame from walking poles for my Bivvy / Micro tarp set-up.

    It will attach to the tarp with a Dutch Titanium mini carabiner via the plastic tri-ring.

    The D-ring will have 2 linelocs on. Like what @paul sells here (Cheers for the grosgrain Paul :thumbsup:)

    Materials are Dyneema gridstop and 1.0oz cuben

    Weight 18g


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  20. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    That's really clever :)
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  21. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Very nice.

    I'll copy that then claim credit....

    I bought some of those carabiners for what I thought would be a nice strong krab for bear bagging....the gate opening I found way too restrictive for easy use, needed something with a wider easier to open gate...I suspect they would stop a tank though.
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  22. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Very nice. Good work and good thinking.
    I'll encourage @paul to copy it and then buy one from him! ;)
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  23. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker


    nah, you need thinner fingers an more dexterity :)

    They are buggers at times though lol
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  24. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Scotty Von Porkchop Ultralighter

    I had a play with 0.5oz/y2 ripstop to make a stupid light quilt (sewing the fabric was a nightmare!)

    1cm baffles at the torso and 2.5cm over groin and legs with the idea of using a down jacket when going below freezing.

    205cm x 110cm, 400g with slight taper and Polish 860fp down
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    I don't usually post my quilts on here as a cottage maker but this is a prototype/me wondering if I'm safe being lightweight

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  25. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    Lovely the way that the quilt 'floats on grass' :D

    I can imagine - used some 10D 27gsm material for a synth quilt (w/o baffles) which felt like tissue paper. I had it 'easy' by comparison.

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