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What are the parts of a tarpaulin?
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Although tarpaulins are, quite simply, sheets of canvas or plastic, there are other components to them. Without these, you would be unable to use them.

Tarpaulin Eyelets Or 'Grommets'
Grommets

Eyelets and grommets are small devices, very similar to each other, that are used to strengthen a hole made in a fabric.

Grommets

Tarpaulins can be tied down through use of eyelets/grommets positioned around the edge of the sheet.

They can be made from a variety of different metals, and sometimes even plastic.

Grommets

Many tarpaulins will come with eyelets/grommets already attached, however they can be bought separately to replace broken ones or to allow users to add extra eyelets to their tarpaulin.

Grommets

There is no universal standard as to how many eyelets/grommets will be on a tarpaulin or how far they will be spaced apart, although common spacings are around 50cm-1m.

Grommets

When securing a tarpaulin in place, the fastenings (see below) are fed through the eyelets/grommets around the sides of the tarpaulin.

The eyelets/grommets strengthen the holes and help to prevent them from breaking.There is no universal standard as to how many eyelets/grommets will be on a tarpaulin or how far they will be spaced apart, although common spacings are around 50cm-1m.

Grommets

The grommet is usually the larger of the two, made up of two pieces, with a “washer” that secures it in place.

Grommets

Grommets are generally used for more practical applications, such as on tarpaulins.

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