Zipper Install On Bmb Bugnet
Here's what did on Father's day.
The pictures look a little odd due to the wide angle lens, but these are of my installation of a zipper on the bugnet of my JRB Bear Mountain Bridge. The bugnet is still completely removable and in fact is shown in the pictures with the mistake I made off installing the zipper upside down, not that it matters, but if it were a waterproof zipper it would have.
Get the picture? I love this hammock. Mule
Nice job Mule.
I wondered how long it would take you to mod the BMB:p
Since you are so fond of your BMB I've decided to give mine another chance and use it on an overnight before pass final judgement.
For instance, the bugnet seems too large when you put it on, but when you lay in it, you need the extra width. I still don't see why it's so long. I have to take up about five inches with the OMNI stuff in the center. I will be looking forward to seeing how you do.
Great job on the zipper. I cant stand the noise velcro/omni tape bugnets make. Now you wont wake fellow campers.
Looking good Mule! I hope I'll get to check it out in person one of these days.
looks great. did you find that the netting is a few (maybe 8) inches longer than the hammock body? did this affect the zipper placement?
(i found that the mesh on my bmbh has quite a bit left over on the sides, after attaching the ends first, as described in the instructions. im sure there is a reason for this, that I cannot understand, yet.)
(Here is a paste of the email sent a few moments ago in response to your questions on this subject.)
You have the correct netting.
It is made larger on purpose, for several reasons
First as one moves from the center to the end lounger position the shape of the
curve in the hammock changes so that perfect fit ot/netting was stressed and or
separated or was hard to attach...
Second it is large enough so that when one sits sideways, swing style it is
large enough to extend over the knees and cover to normal hiking sock level.
Additionally, if it is very buggy it still has enough to allow the fastening to
the hammock right up the the short at the thigh.... We believe this to be a very
desirable capability during long lunch breaks, during end of day alternating
Third, we normally just attach the ends and the first 6-10 inches of the sides
and let it hang. This is fare easier The extra length, again is what makes
this convience possible...
Alternatively a more bug secure but simple approach in to let it fall in the
hammock between you and the hammock side.
Finally. when the utmost of bug securuty is need, simply fasten from the ends to
the center of each side, pinch any remaining omnitape on itself and the seal is
complete. Looks loke you have discovered this point.
How do you like the hammock and its lay? When are you planning an overnight in
---- The Stivers <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> hey Pan, Smee. Mikeinfhaz
> I was assembling my new Bridge hammock and following the directions I still
came up with a bunch of excess mesh along the sides. Almost so that I thought I
was sent some mesh for a "long" size BMBH, but it only comes in one size... so
is this fixable or normal or what? (it seems to me that the omni tape affixed to
the hammock cannot possibly "grow" so I dont know what the heck is going on...)
confused in AZ...
Mike, as an additional point, you have a fair quetion that has been asked by others that have not seen the BMBH at TD or one of our MAHHA or Winter Hangs....Soon as we get a chance, we will be putting togeter a booklet on BMBH facts, tricks etc. to go with future BMBH orders.
Yes, the net is longer as Pan explains. Since I put a zipper on mine, I find that the best way to leave it on and not put anything under stress is to:
1. Attach the ends as Pan suggests above
2. Attach the middle of the net to the middle of the hammock. (I mark all my hammocks in the center, as well as the bugnets)
3. then attach a small amount of Omni at the centers of those two loose areas
4. etc., etc. until every few inches is a pleat or gathering to be closed by pinching the gathered places shut.
5. do this on both sides of the center marks on both sides of the hammock and you have a fairly evenly spaced bugnet on the hammock but with wrinkles every few inches.
Now I can leave the bugnet on and enter and exit through the zippers.
thanks for the public posting, in case others have the same questions. Mike
I just got back from a trip to the Hoosier National Forest. We hiked in and camped on Browning hill Monday night. The BMB was great. Though I miss the ability to stretch out my arms sideways a bit in my Claytor, I enjoyed sleeping on my side in this great hammock. I am staying with this one. I got out the bridge I made during the winter and hung it in the back yard and its also great, made to Grizzy Adam's plans. I didn't get a good hang in it this winter in my garage because the places in the garage where I had to hang from were too high. When I put the tension on it it needed, it was great.
Went mountain biking before we returned from the forest.
Terrific time in a terrific Bear Mountain Bridge.
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