I was visiting the local Wally World for some other purpose when I overheard that they were going to be closing the fabric section soon (not sure why). So, I made a quick scan through the dollar rack and found some nice 1.9 oz nylon (not a ripstop). I bought all 10 yards.
When I got home I made a quick test hammock using ~112" (I didn't cut the fabric, just gathered it up at the 112" mark). I put zip ties around both ends and placed my Spider line larkshead over the hammock ends about 1-1.5" below the zip ties.
I then proceed to put my fat butt into the hammock and moments later, the end just slides off. I re-tied the end and the same thing happened. So, I put an overhand knot in the fabric and put the larkshead below the knot (it still slid up to the knot).
Now I have a couple of questions...
- I have some 7/64" AmSteel Blue on order, will its larkshead bite into the fabric better than the Spider line? I think my Spider line is 1/8" (though it looks a bit fatter, someone gave it to me, so I'm not sure).
- If not, should I make a channel hammock? Or a Speer-like knot hammock?
- If I were to whip the ends with something other than a zip-tie, what type of cord would you suggest? I have a spool of Zing It on order, will that do better as a "stopper" than the ziptie?