I have pictures, but no technical expertise to post them. When I can get help with that, I will post, but I keep finding higher priority things to call in those favors on. I have a porous brain for technical stuff related to the computer.
We are beginning to repost information here that is in the Turtlelady thread, but hey, only a few pages to troll through here, SO FAR.
At Lowe's you can bargain for dinged top rail. They will usually give 50% off. That way you can get usable sections cheaply if you plan it right!
The connectors work, but are not as nice as the swaged connections. I recommend going with all swaged. They are more solid, and do not get misplaced. I learned that the hard way recently. I eventually found the misplaced connector in my truck, but only after spending a painful night on the floor!
Make everything nest together then build a bag to carry it all...anyone got a weight on this stand for reference?
Thanks for the help (Turtlelady - I read thru the entire Monster Thread you started and just happened on this one...I like the bamboo idea but this seems so much simpler and I can teach my scouts how to make these - work on Woodwork Merit Badge too!).
Humor an old scout leader: at least have the guys make one stand that demonstrates lashed poles alone can make the stand! No lumber, saws, hinges bolts, or bamboo required.
Thanks on the Lowes idea - got two slightly dinged rails for just over 50% each and made a toprail that is 13' from end-cap to end-cap...this fits exactly inside the 6'6" tripods. Now need to make a carry bag!
Haven't hung it yet but hopefully will do that tmrw. Hiking in Sipsey Wilderness Area (Alabama) weekend after next so will be backpacking and can't use the stand on this trip - probably use it at Summer Camp! Other leaders get a kick out of me hanging the whole week instead of staying in the cabins...I like the coolness in the hammock as well as much better rest than those old moldy mattresses on GI issue cots from Korea or older vintage!
Thanks for all the help, FH
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Finished stand and it works great with WBBB clone & Winter Dream Clone tarp. The extra length is just perfect for the WD tarp!
Cut my wood wrong at top so they do not join together correctly - would work for my sons and their smaller hammocks (puts me too close to the ground) so I will need to re-cut some pieces to get me up higher off ground...not really a problem just looks funny at top.
1) What happens if a high wind hits this when it is not loaded?
2) Has anyone added another tripod plus two center poles and made a three-hammock system using the turtledog stand design? I mocked it up and it looks like the tripods could take two poles under each - just add a second longer amsteel loop so second pole is under first.
Here are the pics!
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But seriously folks... I'm going to add a line on both ends of mine to go to ground stakes. Or you could stake the third legs of the tripods. Either one oughtta anchor that puppy.
You could put your images in your gallery instead of an album. Then you will have active links you can copy and paste into the body of your message. Or you can use the button for "insert image" and paste the url of the image in that.
It looks really good, btw.