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I decided to take the plunge
« on: April 02, 2015, 06:38:55 AM »
I snagged some parachutes yesterday.

The 28' extraction chutes are still available, those weigh in at 40ish pounds each.

I'm pricing them at $70.00 plus shipping.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2015, 07:06:48 AM »
I've done 26 plane jumps.  I aint' jumpin' with one of those LOL.

With a little tailoring, I think one would be a great wind and rain break.
At least it's not a femur through the pelvis.

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2015, 07:16:53 AM »
I've done 26 plane jumps.  I aint' jumpin' with one of those LOL.

With a little tailoring, I think one would be a great wind and rain break.

Oh, I am going to sell these as "canopies for display purposes only".  And any additional disclaimers I may need to add.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2015, 07:29:10 AM »
Dang! >:(      I've got all this paracord.....ya' see?  :[     I know how to tie pretty good knots, and I was wondering about building my very own parachute kit. ???      So, I'm guessin' the 'disclaimer' would come into play here? :shrug:
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2015, 07:36:16 AM »
Hey wolfy.  I'll try to find the pic of Bush Senior jumping in his "retirement" years.
At least it's not a femur through the pelvis.

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2015, 07:38:19 AM »
Dang! >:(      I've got all this paracord.....ya' see?  :[     I know how to tie pretty good knots, and I was wondering about building my very own parachute kit. ???      So, I'm guessin' the 'disclaimer' would come into play here? :shrug:

BASE jumping off your grain silo with a homemade parachute is not the way I would test out my new hip, but as long as I am free of any liability make sure someone gets it on video... >:D
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2015, 07:43:31 AM »
Oh man.  You didn't know me 15 years ago.  Hahaha.

OK kids.  No jumping with these.

See.  I help.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2015, 07:47:50 AM »
Been wanting one forever. It would make a nice canopy over the front of the scout tent. I understand they shed water very well when at a good angle. I have a bunch of skeeter netting too. Your going to have me living in the back forty!
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2015, 07:52:28 AM »
Oh man.  You didn't know me 15 years ago.  Hahaha.

OK kids.  No jumping with these.

See.  I help.

Good thing we are not both 15 years younger or we would probably be planning an improvised para-sail event off Mt. Pisgah this summer.

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2015, 07:54:43 AM »
I'm thinking treehouse roof...

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2015, 08:16:00 AM »
Hey Creek.....if I decide to go ahead with my parachute-kit build, I was wondering if you'd be interested in some trial-type tests? ???    I was visualizing, maybe a zip-line trip from the back porch, then off the front edge of the treehouse deck, a release from the zip-line via an automatic ripcord deployment mechanism of some sort (still on the drawing board) and then a gentle & relaxing float to the bottom of the ravine. 8)

Interested? :shrug:
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2015, 08:23:29 AM »
An ode to Wolfy's parachute.......... .

Wolfy I will gladly fly the plane,
and watch you drop from up above,
to glide with all the grace and speed
of a gentle mourning dove,
or perhaps like a crowing cock,
to plummet to the earth like a friggin rock.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2015, 08:33:46 AM »
I'll be watching to see what you come up with.  When we group camp, a large cover could be a good thing with our ever-changing weather conditions.  I've also got a few ideas for possibly cutting them down for smaller purposes as well, so this will be interesting.

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2015, 10:53:58 AM »
You guys owe me a new keyboard.....    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2015, 07:23:53 PM »
We had cut the survival colored chute into pieces like a slice of pie and used them for our 50 mile afloat trip in the boy scouts.

Tied the canoes together set the sail up, parachute with bamboo frame, and we cruised down the Withlacochee River.

Fun times.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2015, 07:55:37 PM »
Avast, ye lubbers......hoist the spinnakers! :canoe:
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2015, 09:08:21 PM »
Dang! >:(      I've got all this paracord.....ya' see?  :[     I know how to tie pretty good knots, and I was wondering about building my very own parachute kit. ???      So, I'm guessin' the 'disclaimer' would come into play here? :shrug:

BASE jumping off your grain silo with a homemade parachute is not the way I would test out my new hip, but as long as I am free of any liability make sure someone gets it on video... >:D
Man that's funny. :)
do you think they are water proof?
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2015, 09:24:44 PM »
makes a great group canopy.
or can be cut into pieces and resewn as lightweight packs, organizers, lightweight gaiters, etc...

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2015, 07:16:40 AM »

An ode to Wolfy's parachute.......... .

Wolfy I will gladly fly the plane,
and watch you drop from up above,
to glide with all the grace and speed
of a gentle mourning dove,
or perhaps like a crowing cock,
to plummet to the earth like a friggin rock.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2015, 06:17:14 PM »
Can't wait to see how these look and how they're priced. You're gonna get me in trouble...
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2015, 06:22:01 PM »
I wonder if the fabric would make a good hammock. I am thinking that you could get quite a few hammocks out of one parachute
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2015, 06:38:51 PM »
Lot's of questions, I won't have most of the answers until I get them home.  I'm shooting for pickup on the 13th-14 of this month.

Then comes the fun.  Pulling them out one at a time, getting a count, grading them, folding them up and figuring out a price.

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2015, 08:12:17 AM »
Beast those look awesome and they do look like T-10's. Please let me know price wise when you find out as they make great leaf haulers in the fall and I have been looking for one!
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2015, 10:15:06 AM »
I wonder if the fabric would make a good hammock. I am thinking that you could get quite a few hammocks out of one parachute

 They make great gathered end hammoks,  if you double up the material it forms a pocket under the hammock for placeing a sleep mat or woobie for added insulation,  very simple to make and extremely strong. 
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2015, 10:19:56 AM »
Soo cool, would love to get one from you some time.. Maybe your next run beast.

Fun fact I was once startioned where that plane is from. 

 

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2015, 02:55:55 PM »
I wonder if the fabric would make a good hammock. I am thinking that you could get quite a few hammocks out of one parachute

 They make great gathered end hammoks,  if you double up the material it forms a pocket under the hammock for placeing a sleep mat or woobie for added insulation,  very simple to make and extremely strong.

Thanks for the idea about doubling up to make a pocket for a sleeping pad, that is a great idea
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« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2015, 07:08:40 PM »
I personnally like the woobie idea. Yes I admit it I love my woobie :)
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2015, 12:28:26 PM »
Parachutes make great covers for working on equipment in remote areas. Rather than working out in the open, putting one over a broken down machine out in the bush and putting heat under it with a Herman Nelson is a pure pleasure, compared to fixing something out in the cold and wind in the dead of winter while laying on the ice or in a snow bank.
When a shop might be hundreds of miles away, a parachute becomes the heated shop.
They also allow a lot of natural light through.

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2015, 10:03:48 AM »
I have a tipi made of one. just takes a center pole an stakes. Lots of wire stakes. Some guys have used several PVC pipes to frame the tipi. Don't work too bad.  ;D
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2015, 12:59:54 PM »
Just an update, my plan is to pick these up on Friday, I had some things come up unexpectedly that caused a delay but they are coming.

Really...



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« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2015, 05:32:42 PM »
Sweet!
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #31 on: April 19, 2015, 05:47:34 PM »
:thumbsup:  Waiting anxiously!


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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2015, 06:08:07 PM »
Not to get too far ahead, but are these types of parachutes water proof? I've see a few pictures of people using these for shade, but was just wondering if they'll keep the rain out?

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2015, 06:21:40 PM »
Not to get too far ahead, but are these types of parachutes water proof? I've see a few pictures of people using these for shade, but was just wondering if they'll keep the rain out?

I don't believe they are waterproof but you can do it yourself.

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2015, 06:22:09 PM »
Not to get too far ahead, but are these types of parachutes water proof? I've see a few pictures of people using these for shade, but was just wondering if they'll keep the rain out?

According to the AF Survival Manual:

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a. If survivors are to use parachute material, they
should remember that ?pitch and tightness? apply to
shelters designed to shed rain or snow. Parachute material
is porous and will not shed moisture unless it is
stretched tightly at an angle of sufficient pitch which will
encourage run-off instead of penetration. An angle of 40
to 60 degrees is recommended for the ?pitch? of the
shelter. The material stretched over the framework
should be wrinkle-free and tight. Survivors should not
touch the material when water is running over it as this
will break the surface tension at that point and allow
water to drip into the shelter. Two layers of parachute
material, 4 to 6 inches apart, will create a more effective
water repellent covering. Even during hard rain, the
outer layer only lets a mist penetrate if it is pulled tight.
The inner layer will then channel off any moisture
which may penetrate. This layering of parachute material
also creates a dead-air space that covers the shelter.
This is especially beneficial in cold areas when the shelter
is enclosed. Adequate insulation can also be provided
by boughs, aircraft parts, snow, etc. These will be
discussed in more depth in the area of cold climate
shelters. A double layering of parachute material helps
to trap body heat, radiating heat from the Earth?s surface
and other heating sources.
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« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2015, 06:31:59 PM »
This brings me back to my teenage years when my friends and I used to take a patio umbrella and jump off the roof into his pool. We called it, "The Mary Popppins". We went through a lot of patio umbrellas, and his mom was not pleased.

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« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2015, 06:36:52 PM »
Wow, thanks guys, learn something new every day. Ron, that was a great video and very informative. I've never looked into waterproofing, and this method looks very cool.

Thanks Mike, I find it interesting that using parachute material is covered in a survival guide, way cool, thanks.

This brings me back to my teenage years when my friends and I used to take a patio umbrella and jump off the roof into his pool. We called it, "The Mary Popppins". We went through a lot of patio umbrellas, and his mom was not pleased.

Now that sounds like a lot of fun right there.

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« Reply #37 on: April 19, 2015, 06:52:32 PM »
Was wondering... since they do let air through but can shed water if tight on a pitch, does anyone think they might be good for a grand tipi type set up  ( without any fire inside ) thereby giving a little more shelter from the elements ( as opposed to just a rain fly type set-up ) and saving on the weight of more traditional materials ?
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« Reply #38 on: April 19, 2015, 07:27:37 PM »
Wow, thanks guys, learn something new every day. Ron, that was a great video and very informative. I've never looked into waterproofing, and this method looks very cool.

Thanks Mike, I find it interesting that using parachute material is covered in a survival guide, way cool, thanks.

This brings me back to my teenage years when my friends and I used to take a patio umbrella and jump off the roof into his pool. We called it, "The Mary Popppins". We went through a lot of patio umbrellas, and his mom was not pleased.

Now that sounds like a lot of fun right there.

Well, we certainly did "take the plunge", lol! :D

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #39 on: April 22, 2015, 04:31:47 PM »
Was wondering... since they do let air through but can shed water if tight on a pitch, does anyone think they might be good for a grand tipi type set up  ( without any fire inside ) thereby giving a little more shelter from the elements ( as opposed to just a rain fly type set-up ) and saving on the weight of more traditional materials ?

At some point I plan on setting one up as a tipi with some PVC I have laying around for a frame.

I'll let everyone know how that goes.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #40 on: April 22, 2015, 04:38:37 PM »
Was wondering... since they do let air through but can shed water if tight on a pitch, does anyone think they might be good for a grand tipi type set up  ( without any fire inside ) thereby giving a little more shelter from the elements ( as opposed to just a rain fly type set-up ) and saving on the weight of more traditional materials ?

At some point I plan on setting one up as a tipi with some PVC I have laying around for a frame.

I'll let everyone know how that goes.

I'll be interested in how that turns out for you.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #41 on: April 23, 2015, 06:22:03 AM »
Bush pilot to passengers, the plane is going down.  One of the greedy passengers grabs a pack, puts it on and says, this is the only one and I'm taking it and steps out of the plane.  One of the other passengers starts laughing and another says what are you lauging at, he just took the only chute.  He then says, that wasn't a chute, it was my backpack !
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #42 on: April 23, 2015, 05:02:42 PM »
Drove all day, picking the chutes up first thing tomorrow morning and will have them home before the sun goes down.

 :banana: :banana: :banana:

Can you tell I'm a bit excited?
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #43 on: April 24, 2015, 04:01:12 PM »
Well, they are home.

It appears one of the parachutes wants to eat my house.









But the little one is behaving itself.



The large one is a cargo 'chute, I think 64' diameter, REALLY heavy pile of parachute cloth.  It was hard to handle even with a second person assisting me.  I may have to cut those up into more manageable  sizes.

The smaller one is a 28' slotted extraction chute.

That one should be good for shade, kind of the pergola of parachutes.  Not any protection from rain.

Prices to follow, probably on Monday.  It's supposed to rain over the weekend and since I don't own an indoor soccer stadium the sorting will need to be done outside.





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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #44 on: April 24, 2015, 08:58:47 PM »
Beast... I was thinking about your chutes today.   What do you think they'd be like if used as a cover over coop runs?  Not so much for water proof but shade and with this flu going on and warnings to cover the coops , would these work do you think?    My biggest wonder is if they'd be too light and would rip fast in winds at attachments points to the fencing?  Are they pretty hardy?

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #45 on: April 25, 2015, 05:35:25 AM »
Beast... I was thinking about your chutes today.   What do you think they'd be like if used as a cover over coop runs?  Not so much for water proof but shade and with this flu going on and warnings to cover the coops , would these work do you think?    My biggest wonder is if they'd be too light and would rip fast in winds at attachments points to the fencing?  Are they pretty hardy?

WW.

I think they would work very well for this application.  They are much more robustly made than you might think.  If you have metal fence poles I would suggest putting old tennis balls on the tops to cover the sharp edges.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #46 on: April 25, 2015, 07:37:59 AM »
Wonderful!   I'll watch to see what prices you come up with and go from there.  :)  Thanks Beast.

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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #47 on: April 30, 2015, 02:27:05 PM »
They make great camp shade too.  Suspended in a tree over camp and they provide awesome sun protection.
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #48 on: April 30, 2015, 02:54:45 PM »
Still waiting on pricing. I had a thought on shipping the huge ones. Maybe stuff it all inside a large tube? No folding just a lot of compressing?
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Re: I decided to take the plunge
« Reply #49 on: April 30, 2015, 03:27:06 PM »
The cargo chutes are all gone.  Someone local made me an offer I couldn't refuse.  Shipping would have had to be by freight due to the weight, so just as well.

The 28' extraction chutes are still available, those weigh in at a more reasonable 40ish pounds each.

I'm pricing them at $70.00 plus shipping.

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