Gone Outdoors

How to Use Tent Tie Downs

by Kathryn Hatter

When you are constructing a tent, one of the most important components that give the tent structure and stability are the guy lines. Guy lines attach the tent to the stakes you pound into the ground. By pulling the guy lines tight, the tent will stay rigid and taut, even in strong winds. Use these tent tie-downs to ensure your tent stays properly erect and strong in any weather.

1. Find a level area and lay out the body of the tent. Pound the stakes into the perimeter of the tent to hold the tent body in place.

2. Insert the poles through the channels in the tent. Start in the middle and erect the poles of the tent so the tent begins to stand up. Continue placing the poles in a vertical position until the tent is upright.

3. Attach the fly over the tent if there is one. The fly is an additional layer that sits over the main part of the tent to act as a shield from water and wind. Usually the fly attaches to the poles of the tent.

4. Pull out the guy lines to attach them to stakes. Generally, there will be guy lines at the front and back of the tent, as well as additional guy lines that attach along the sides of the tent to the fly.

5. Pull the front guy line out straight to the front of the tent and secure it tightly to the ground with a stake. Make the guy line tight enough to hold the tent securely, but not so tight that it rips the tent fabric or pulls on the tent stake.

6. Attach the rear guy line in the same fashion. Attach the guy lines along the sides of the tent (attaching to the fly) using the same procedure.

7. Walk around the entire tent and assess the tightness of the tent ties. Tighten all of the tent ties to the same degree.

8. Check the tent ties in the morning and in the evening because they will invariably loosen over time. Allow the tent ties to stay slightly looser overnight to prepare for the dew that will settle on the tent overnight (the dew will tighten the ties as it dries). Loosen the tent ties before rain also to help the tent withstand the inevitable shrinkage that will occur as the tent becomes wet.

Items you will need
  • Tent with guy lines
  • Tent stakes
  • Hammer

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About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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