# Thread: At what body weight is 7/64 Amsteel not enough?

If you hang your hammock with the suspension angle at 30 degrees to the horizon, the tension on each end of the suspension is equal to your body weight.
If I remember physics correctly here, the load weight put on each end of the suspension is not equal to your body weight. It is half you body weight.

This is because your weight is in relation to earth. To keep ourselves off the ground, or earth, in a hammock we commonly use two suspension lines so our total weight is being shared between the two lines.

For a 250 lbs person the weight carried by each end of the suspension would be 125 lbs.

If you were to rig a loosely termed hammock from a square tarp tied between 4 trees the weight carried by each suspension line for our 250 lbs load would be 62.5 lbs per line.

I hope this helps.

2. Originally Posted by japhyaz
If I remember physics correctly here, the load weight put on each end of the suspension is not equal to your body weight. It is half you body weight.

If it helps, think of a cantilever. A 200 lb weight can support a 1,000 lb weight with a cantilever.

You would be correct if the suspension hung straight down at 90 degrees from horizontal, but that's not the case. In fact, the closer the suspension comes to horizontal, the closer the effective weight approaches infinity.

Rain Man

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3. Thanks for correcting me Rain Man.

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