Interlocking pieces work together to provide anchor point anywhere you need it.
Autumn is the time of year when tarps become an important part of life for many Canadians and typically leads to a particular form of mental anguish. Tying the blasted tarp down is always the source of the problem. Beside the fact that it's almost impossible to do the job neatly, even if you do bind up the tarp covering your lawnmower, firewood pile, boat, lumber or patio set with wraps of rope everywhere, gusty autumn winds have a habit of pulling everything loose.
All this is why a product called Grabbits (877-981-5262, firstname.lastname@example.org) caught my eye last spring. I've been using them since. Beside the fact they're cheap and simple, they also deliver a tidier tarp experience. Grabbits are interlocking pieces of hard plastic that work together to provide a solid anchor point anywhere you want on the tarp. This is their unique selling point. Unlike grommets that are only located around the edges of the tarp, Grabbits let you fasten tie-down ropes in optimal locations anywhere along the edges or middle. They also offer a more secure anchor point than grommets or jaw-style clips ever could because they grip the tarp over a large area in a way that you've got to experience to believe.
Grabbits come in three different lengths - 75 millimetre, 150 millimetre and 500 millimetre - and all operate on the same principle: wrap a short section of tarp fabric over the inner half of the Grabbit (the manufacturer calls this part the "dog bone"), then slide the outer sleeve over top. This pinches the fabric between the two parts, holding the material in something like the way you'd grip it with your hand. A loop of cord that comes out of the dog bone lets you tie the tarp down to anything that's solid and convenient nearby. The fit between inner and outer sleeves is calibrated to create enough friction to hold the two parts together when the tarp fabric is held in between. The grip is very strong. The strength of grip offered by this system lets tarps be used in several unique ways. The inner sleeve has holes that allow it to be screwed to the side of a building to create a temporary roof or awning. The Grabbit people offer ready-made support posts for this job that include a dog bone on top. This grips the tarp much better than ordinary wooden posts ever could. With a couple of guy chords on each post, the set-up is virtually windproof. The best way to tarp an object using Grabbits begins in the same way you'd tackle the wrapping of a gift. Lay the tarp over top, then fold the edges using mitered corners. Lock a Grabbit on to these folds, then connect them with cords and pull tight. If any slack remains, clamp a couple more at each end of the loose area, then pull it tight with more cord. Source: October 18, 2008 - the star.com Steve Maxwell - SPECIAL TO THE STAR