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    attaching rope to gathered end hammock question?

    I made a gathered end hammock and had it tied up with some heavy rope. It worked fine for hanging in the backyard and making a pattern for my bug net. I now want to make new rope attachments for the tree.

    What method should I use to attach to the hammock gathered end? Knots reduce strength.

    Any tips for splicing 1/4 poly rope without a tool? A bic pen is to large unfortunately.


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    Senior Member tight-wad's Avatar
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    A lark's head to connect the rope to the gathered end. To make the lark's head loop you will have to either tie or splice. Depending on the rope you use, a knot should not reduce the strength below what you need.

    I use a long piece of wire folded in half to make a splicing tool. Rather than pushing with a pen or equivalent, you pull. Push the wire through "backwards", place the tip of the rope in the folded "eye" of the wire, then pull the rope through.

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    Larks head it is. I would like to splice though.

    Do all splices require removing material? I'd like to use a simple tuck and stitch. My rope has a "inter-rope" very similar to 550 construction. I don't think i'll be able to pull my rope through doubled over.

    Any ideas, or should I just knot my eye and still use larks head for attachment?

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    It's much harder to splice "cored" ropes, lots more steps, making sure the core isn't loose since it's usually the load-bearing part, tapering the strands, etc. If you're trying to stay away from knots, look up the double sheet bend. It's dead simple to tie, and extremely secure.

    It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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