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    Unhappy RRIIIIIIIP....

    Finally after a great deal of work I launched my Warbird hammock with 1.6oz Poly D. I took it on a canoe trip in Parc d' Le Verendrye (sp?) and it worked wonderfully.

    Last week when I was camping with the family I thought I'd take it out again. As I got into the hammock I heard riiiiiiiip. I looked down to my feet and saw that the hammock was literally ripping off of the whoopie sling suspension. By the time I jumped out it was too late.

    Now that I've stopped crying, I'm wondering where I went wrong:

    1. Did I simply rig or hang it incorrectly?
    2. Was my stitching too close/tight which caused the material to fail? (I attached a couple of pics with a quarter for size)
    3. Was 1.6oz material inappropriate for my 175 pounds?
    4. Should I spend less time sewing and more time in the gym losing weight?

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    I don't know, but I'm gonna take a stab anyway. I've been stitching my triple rows at least 1/4" apart and haven't had any problems after 8 or so hammocks. Looks like your double row being so close together could be a factor.

    EDIT: Looks like HyperD 1.6 which is more than strong enough for your weight. Most of my hammocks are Hexon, but I do have 3 HyperD 1.6. We're quite a bit lighter though.
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    Looks like on the end channel two rows of stitching very close, that would have weakened it significantly.

    Some use 3 rows of parallel straight longest stitch about 1cm apart.
    For my gear i make 4 rows about 1.5cm apart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tacblades View Post
    Looks like on the end channel two rows of stitching very close, that would have weakened it significantly.

    Some use 3 rows of parallel straight longest stitch about 1cm apart.
    For my gear i make 4 rows about 1.5cm apart.
    Yar- I concur. Picture 3.

    I'd add also that it looks like the stitches per inch are pretty tight there as well on those two rows, and they more or less pile onto each other- lotta needle holes in a small space.
    Likely as you sat in you loaded that side and she gave up.

    Also agree- my 230 lb butt ripped a 1.0 Hyper D parallelogram experiment last night- which is way over the rating.
    1.6 ounce should be more than safe at 175lbs I would think- but Poly D I'm not familiar enough with to confirm.

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    You don't say how long the hammock is, but it may be possible to salvage it by cutting off and re-sewing the hem (following Tacblades advice above). It'll cost you a few inches in length, but you may never notice the loss. Good luck!

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    Looks like with the small amount of offset between the two closely sewn rows of stitching may have weakened the fabric in that area.

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    On my DIY hammocks, after running the continuous loop thu the hammock channel, I wrapped it around the the hammock a couple of times and the thru the U of the hammock so there is a mushroom of fabric and the loop is placing pressure on the mushroom of fabric instead of just the ends of the channel
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    I will probably catch some heat around here for mentioning this, but I have a 1.1 ripstop DIY hammock and I am in the same weight range. (I have others with more sturdy fabrics too.) I constantly use this hammock on a stand for naps, etc. without any issues. The primary difference is the ends are whipped, with a continuous loop larksheaded for the stand or whoopie slings connected the same way for hanging from trees.

    Most likely it is the stitching. If you had mentioned that you had hung the hammock really tight, then that also would have been suspect.

    Under normal conditions/hang angles, 1.6 weight fabric should hold just fine (I have one of those too).

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    My Wilderness Logics Lite Owl has a gathered ball end that does not support my weight. Amsteel loop is larks headed around hammock just below gathered end ball. The larks head squeezes the entire gathered end and does not slip and does not rip (so good so far) Good luck and since you DIY you can make more hammocks and still not have too much invested.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner76 View Post
    On my DIY hammocks, after running the continuous loop thu the hammock channel, I wrapped it around the the hammock a couple of times and the thru the U of the hammock so there is a mushroom of fabric and the loop is placing pressure on the mushroom of fabric instead of just the ends of the channel
    Yep. That would have saved me. Ima going to do that next time.

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