Hello, I am new to this forum (this is my first post). A few weeks ago, I got interested in hammocks for a long distance bike ride.
When I started reading the forums here, I found so many folks doing the DIY thing, that I figured I'd give it a try.
I purchased the nylon, hemmed and gathered and whipped the ends. I did a test hang, and it worked fine, but it just seemed to be a little "under-engineered".
I read a couple of people's posts where they mention a failure, so I started brain-storming a different way to tie off the hammock to the suspension
I used a small section of PVC pipe (1'' diameter) and wrapped the gathered end around it, then whipped it. I am not sure if this configuration is stronger, but it "looks" stronger.
After I made it, and then was hanging in it, I was thinking that it might also reduce a rain soaked suspension line from bringing water to the hammock bed (the nylon).
I've tested the hammock for a couple of hours, and there was no slipping.
Here's a picture... What do you think?