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    Cat Hex Tarp Side Entry Mod Idea

    Not dac but quest outfitters does sell pole parts.
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    It's all about the pillow

    I have a small thermarest pillow. Not ultralight but I canoe camp so I don't care. Perfect for under my neck. http://www.rei.com/product/719843/therm-a-rest-compressible-pillow
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    Some quilting loops would also do the trick and...

    Some quilting loops would also do the trick and would not compress the insulation like a sewn through baffle. As I understand it the only reason you need to quilt CS is to protect it from the stress...
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    I was just teasing...

    I was just teasing...
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    Very nice.

    Very nice.
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    Yeah, that 5oz apex is warm Fluffy stuff. I...

    Yeah, that 5oz apex is warm Fluffy stuff. I think it'll be good to 30 pretty easily.

    What are the dimensions on this? Is it just rectangular or is there a taper to it? Did you do any quilting...
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    That's what it looked like... someone take your...

    That's what it looked like... someone take your hat? :)
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    I agree10' 6" is plenty. I'm 6' 2" and make mine...

    I agree10' 6" is plenty. I'm 6' 2" and make mine 11' hemmed. Most of the commercial hammocks, including the infamous blackbird are shorter than this.

    On the Amsteel I would go with a lighter...
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    I understand the poncho thing but what is that on...

    I understand the poncho thing but what is that on your head?
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    I make mine adjustable. I finish both ends with...

    I make mine adjustable. I finish both ends with a Brummell that I loop over the end mass, over the whipping.
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    Huh. Never occurred to me to use a bishop bag...

    Huh. Never occurred to me to use a bishop bag with a tarp. Duh. Seems to work pretty well.
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    I'd be careful that whatever you use does not...

    I'd be careful that whatever you use does not run,leech or peel off in a wilderness setting.
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    Don't hang under widow makers in the future.

    Don't hang under widow makers in the future.
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    I tend to agree. Replacing the entire body is...

    I tend to agree. Replacing the entire body is the only option I would consider of it were me.
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    Oft referred to as a peak bag. Never seen one...

    Oft referred to as a peak bag. Never seen one with a Velcro closure though.
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    Nice work.

    Nice work.
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    What is the weight on this?

    What is the weight on this?
  18. One of the members here sets up a tent indoors...

    One of the members here sets up a tent indoors and does his down work in there.
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    I wouldn't tape either. Sometimes I will pin but...

    I wouldn't tape either. Sometimes I will pin but probably no for a plain rolled hem. I like to mark the fabric so I roll a straight hem.
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    You need enough body fabric to get flat. A...

    You need enough body fabric to get flat. A Blackbird is 120 in long. The ridge line is 101.

    Im 6'2" My indoor sleeping hammock is 132. My ridge line is adjustable, seems to be most comfortable...
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    Never considered a cat on the ends. The renown...

    Never considered a cat on the ends. The renown warbonnet yeti has a channel suspension, convexly curved sides (they are not symmetric) and is straight across the ends.

    The concave curve on the...
  22. Nice job. What is the weight of the polyester you...

    Nice job. What is the weight of the polyester you used?
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    With the arched sides I assume you are planning...

    With the arched sides I assume you are planning channel suspension. That should be fine but I would not arch the ends. They tend to sag a bit and that may give you air gap problems.
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    Hmmm I just made a small ground cloth out of pack...

    Hmmm I just made a small ground cloth out of pack cloth. I put it under the hammock and toss stuff on that Makes a nice little rug too.
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    My first DIY design had a foot box. The only...

    My first DIY design had a foot box. The only manner in which lay is affected is that with a foot box you're more likely to get maximum angle to the midline. That will be flatter but you can get there...
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    I believe there is a sticky of sir knotty's mod....

    I believe there is a sticky of sir knotty's mod. Explains the whole thing pretty well.
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    My REI primaloft bag is also sewn through. There...

    My REI primaloft bag is also sewn through. There are two layers, one sewn to each side of the shell. The rows of stitches alternate between the sides so there is always uncompressed insulation. Seems...
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    Ideal is relative but 83% is the rule of thumb. ...

    Ideal is relative but 83% is the rule of thumb. The length of the body is important too. 10-11ft depending on your height. Fabric weight also matters light fabric in single layers will stretch and...
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    A picture would help. It could be that your...

    A picture would help. It could be that your fabric wasn't quite rectangular or that you got a little more of one side in your whipping. I could also just be that your suspension lines are not...
  30. Thread: Whipping?

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    I also assumed hammock. I bury the ends on...

    I also assumed hammock. I bury the ends on amsteel, the ultimate finished look. I thought everyone did that, which is why I assumed it was a hammock question.
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    I use braided mason line.

    I use braided mason line.
  32. I rely on the force when threading needles. :)

    I rely on the force when threading needles. :)
  33. Pretty good idea. With the double ends you could...

    Pretty good idea. With the double ends you could even leave it on your tarp ridge line.
  34. +1 on the 70s

    +1 on the 70s
  35. Thread: DIY Splicing

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    I have not done dynaglide but I used "piano wire"...

    I have not done dynaglide but I used "piano wire" from my local Ace hardware to make a tool for spicing 7/64. Comes in a variety of gauges and is stiffer than a guitar string.
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    What type of insulation are you using?

    What type of insulation are you using?
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    I would put quilting loops every foot or so. As...

    I would put quilting loops every foot or so. As much as anything it will reduce stress when you stuff/unstuff it.
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    If its sagging way then you need to draw the...

    If its sagging way then you need to draw the suspension up. The wider it is the more dramatic that will be. Widths of 40-44 inches are probably typical.
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    Why is it so hard to get tight? Is the space...

    Why is it so hard to get tight? Is the space blanket making it to stiff? Is the extra insulation on the inside or outside. How is your suspension set up?
  40. The suspension curve is hyperbolic not parabolic...

    The suspension curve is hyperbolic not parabolic and continuous. There's less arc in the center but there is still arc. If it was flat it would sag.
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    Slippery stuff that sil. Looking forward to those...

    Slippery stuff that sil. Looking forward to those picks. Sounds like you covered everything.
  42. So which was longer?

    So which was longer?
  43. I've been thinking about that rule and what I've...

    I've been thinking about that rule and what I've been thinking about about it is "does it it apply to the raw length, hemmed lenght or the length of the body between the suspension points?" (what the...
  44. Sewing will weaken the fabric, whether it's...

    Sewing will weaken the fabric, whether it's enough to matter I don't know but similar concern has been voiced before. You want to make it light so heavier fabric in the body to compensate would...
  45. I would be concerned about structural integrity...

    I would be concerned about structural integrity slitting fabric on a bridge. I did it one fold at a time and lots of pins. It was harder that rolling around webbing and in the end I found the...
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    +1on re-enforcing with grosgrain ribbon.

    +1on re-enforcing with grosgrain ribbon.
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    What is the minimum tree spread with a design...

    What is the minimum tree spread with a design like this?
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    I was thinking along the lines of what shug...

    I was thinking along the lines of what shug showed but with the extender on the inside so it would shed rain. I'm always thinking about rain.

    But putting it on the outside would do much better...
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    I would not put e webbing along the edges. You...

    I would not put e webbing along the edges. You are not lying on them do that isn't where you need structure anyway.

    A dl out of that fabric will be plenty strong.
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    Polyester holds up to uv better than nylon. It...

    Polyester holds up to uv better than nylon. It also doesn't stretch nearly as much as nylon when wet. Cheaper than amsteel. Id think that would work well for lashing. Cooke Custom Sewing sells a...
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