OK, could really use some advice from the smart folks.
I built my first DIY Bridge Hammock using all of the helpful instructions and recommendations. My efforts can be seen here:
However, my primary desire was to try to create a hammock where I could sleep on my stomach. As such, this one didn't work out so well. I built it with a 44" width on both the top and bottom ends, and initially used a 32" top spreader and an 23" foot spreader.
That worked fine when I was laying on my back, but when I lay on my stomach, I was squeezed at the shoulders and it pushed my heels together painfully on the bottom. At that point, I decided to try to lengthen my spreader bars to see if I could spread the hammock out some and give me more shoulder/foot room.
I knew that I was probably pushing the compression forces on the poles, but I tried the 32" bar at the bottom and a 40" pole at the top. I used triangles that were around 75% of the bar length on both sides; hoping that would mitigate the forces enough for it to work.
Unfortunately. . . . . .it didn't (see attached pictures)
I kind of figured that I was pushing the bar (so to speak) too far with the 40" bar, but really want this to work, so was willing to risk a wally-world pole. The pole immediately sheared in half, right at the end of where the dowel rod was inside the pole for support.
I guess my question is - is there a magical ratio that I can't surpass with regard to the spreader pole/head width length? If I keep it back at around 75% and increase my head hammock width to 53" to regain the 75% ratio with a 40" pole, will that help my shoulder problem at all? I'm thinking that the primary issue is the steepness of the sides where my shoulders are. If I could make that shallower, maybe I could take some of the pressure off of them.
Any advice would be seriously appreciated!!