If you purchase a military support system; one each, for every 1 hex and
1 diamond, here is what to look for:
18 Batten spreaders (avoid the earlier fiberglass version if possible)
18 Military stakes
1 Rubberized bag to hold everything; two man carry.
If you get less than the above, you're getting screwed. Many surplus
stores remove the stakes and sell them separately, as well as the net that comes in the repair kit, and blocks and pins.
Each system (hex and diamond) comes with a repair kit in a rubberized bag. The contents are thus: additional net pieces for repair, zip ties, blocks @ pins for line repair, and 18 lines. Each line has 25 or 26 pin's,
inserted through the line every 10". The edge of the camouflage has
overlapping blocks at the same distance apart. To mate each net together you'll use a line. You overlap one block on one side, to the block on the other net, and insert a pin though them. all nets must be on the ground and pulled to their shape to perform this function. Each pin must be inserted in a different direction as you pin things together; if not, you'll have nets literally fall apart at the seams.
Two blocks in each corner, of every net.
Pins are best removed by stretching them open, until mechanical failure occurs, and reinserted by guiding a new pin into the now empty hole in the line; a multi tool is handy.
Blocks are best removed by using a multi tool to break them up into smaller pieces so you can remove them from the line.
The easiest way to reattach blocks is using a chunk of 2 x 4, a wide (not sharp) flat head screwdriver, and a small hammer. As you tap the line into the block, make small diagonal taps from one side to the other, alternating blade direction. It seems involved, but it's easy to snap a block if you are not careful, and if you don't have a good supply of replacement blocks you're in trouble. Blocks and pins are the key element of the system, and without them you can't connect net's.
Poles without gusset's (at the top of the open wide end) are worthless; that is the point of weakness where they will fail.
The hub's are from different producer's, and they are not universal.
If you attempt to mix and match, you'll have problems.
Once you find a hub that spins on easily, keep it together and don't
If you have a hub that will not seat at all, try another spin on hub half.
If you have a hub that spins almost all the way down, but not all the way,
get some cheap, abrasive tooth paste, apply paste to both male and female connection, and twist them back and forth until you can spin them from the top to the bottom with ease.
You would this system would come with a hub tool, but it never did.
You could fabricate a tool to work (not a flat ended screwdriver with a hammer) but it's much easier to ensure the mated pair is connected
after the event.
The last rule: The higher you go (3+ poles) the weaker your system will be.
This is the basic set-up procedure, but if have any questions, feel free to
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