Buying the carabiners
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I used carabiners to attach my load tapes to the Kevlar cables, and the cables to the balloon basket. Don't buy carabiners at a local hardware store! These won't cut it! The place I got my stuff from is at:

I bought 12 Aluminum carabiners rated to 6,744 lbs., and 3 steel ones that are rated to 16,185 lbs each.  While these cost a great deal of money (over $200), it is worth it to know that my carabiners will never fail.

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