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    Senior Member onfire's Avatar
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    Continuous Loops & Sewn Gathered End Channels

    Hello again, its been a long while!

    Im looking for some opinion / experience / advice. I have always made my DIY hammocks with a continuous loop of climbing cord which connects the hammock body to the suspension via a ring or karabiner. I have always pushed the pre-tied loop through the sewn end channels before attaching the suspension ...

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    ... but its just occurred to me that the cord could be passed through the channel and then tied ...

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    ... saving half the length and weight of the cord.

    What effect will this have on the lay ... will it increase or decrease calf ridges? will it cause over-tautness of the hammock sides?

    I will happily test and let people know but have divorce keeping me busy right now so am fishing here for thoughts first.

    Thanks, Onfire

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    I'm not sure what you're talking about, but many people use a continuous loop of Amsteel 7/64 through the end-channel that is larksheaded onto the hammock. All my hammocks are done that way, mainly because I use Dutch whoopie hooks to connect the hammock to the suspension.
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    Senior Member onfire's Avatar
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    The top photo is effectively larks-footed to the hammock having been fed through the sewn channel ... the lower photo shows the cord being run through the channel before being tied, so not larks-footed to the hammock but rather the hammock end is not so tightly cinched under load

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    I have one hammock with the continuous loop set up like in your second picture. I can't really say exactly how it changes the lay, but I do like it more that way. That said though, I still larks head on my new hammocks so that I can switch out loops easier if need be. The difference isn't significant really.

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