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  1. my own preference for them is idiosyncratic; I...

    my own preference for them is idiosyncratic; I need to have smooth clean tips with a 'stopping' edge when I slip the pole end between a slot whose two sides are Amsteel in my DIY hammocks. Agree...
  2. Thanks for remembering. Much as I like the pacer...

    Thanks for remembering. Much as I like the pacer poles, if I'm out with one of my bridge hammocks I'm more likely to be use the MountainSmith poles. Perfect in the role of spreader bar, when mated...
  3. nice to see this come together. thanks for...

    nice to see this come together. thanks for posting.
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    Sorry Rick, no. I'll try to remember to set it...

    Sorry Rick, no. I'll try to remember to set it up and take a shot next time I've got something up hanging.
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    I cut the endcaps out of the same piece as you've...

    I cut the endcaps out of the same piece as you've illustrated, just extending the body on one end to accommodate their height.
    That gives the 'bias tape' the length that is needed...the endcaps are...
  6. I don't think the responses have yet addressed...

    I don't think the responses have yet addressed the question the OP asked....which I _think_ is "can you sew the cord down at the edge, then roll the edge+cord the way you would with webbing, and then...
  7. You're right in wanting to have solid poles. ...

    You're right in wanting to have solid poles. I've been told a number of stories of folks snapping the tip of their lightweight carbon pole...my read, the tips are engineered to 'give' some and...
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    I make the height of a suspension triangle with...

    I make the height of a suspension triangle with 30" legs and 36" base to be sin( cos^{-1}( 18/30 ) )*30 = 24. But that's in the angled plane. Projection of tip of that triangle into the plane in...
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    12" -> 9" at the same time that distance between...

    12" -> 9" at the same time that distance between spreader bars went from 60" -> 66". The lightweight hammock
    in the earlier video was made for a guy who is maybe 5' 7". I'm 6' 1"... made the...
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    I've got 46" under the spreader bar. I've got...

    I've got 46" under the spreader bar. I've got 66" between spreader bars on the side, and 9" beyond the corner at each, which brings one to 84" but a little differently. My curve is 7.5" deep. ...
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    doesn't have to have one, but a ridgeline is...

    doesn't have to have one, but a ridgeline is useful for setting the distance between triangle apex ends the same every time (same as 'setting the sag') and useful
    for hanging things from.


    They...
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    I like the approach to the endcaps, easy to...

    I like the approach to the endcaps, easy to craft, at the cost of a little more fabric than minimally needed. Good tradeoff point. Thanks for posting.
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    If the problem is as you think the fabric moving...

    If the problem is as you think the fabric moving along the webbing when you sew it, pin it in place first, with pins oriented to keep the fabric from being pulled. I'm not following your...
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    I doubt there is a single DIY bridge maker among...

    I doubt there is a single DIY bridge maker among us who hasn't FUBARed one way or the other, but the need to keep corners aligned is particularly an issue.

    I don't see how to fix a 4" difference. ...
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    I had a look at the x,y values in the file. ...

    I had a look at the x,y values in the file. Looks to me as though what is plotted is a curve that rises in a parabola from (0,0) up to (40,6)
    with increasing slope (change in y over change in x). ...
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    shock cord never leave home without it (grin)

    shock cord

    never leave home without it (grin)
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    Hi Bloffy13--- working through your...

    Hi Bloffy13---
    working through your description the main ideas coming out to me are


    UCR based adjustment at the hammock end
    one or more 'mounting points' on the webbing, to accommodate...
  18. I noticed that one of my DIY bridge hammocks...

    I noticed that one of my DIY bridge hammocks lengths was just perfect for an MacCat, that is bringing the sides down had the spreaders just touch the edge. I tried making an attachment but was...
  19. I like the socks idea! I've put caps of vinyl...

    I like the socks idea!

    I've put caps of vinyl tubing over the nubs of the spreader bar to blunt the comparative pointy end
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    Hi SloGo--You're right, 80" is a bit short for a...

    Hi SloGo--You're right, 80" is a bit short for a 6'2" guy sticking an arm above his head. I wouldn't increase the distance between spreader bars though to make it longer, the thing to do is to...
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    I always use a ridgeline on my bridge hammocks. ...

    I always use a ridgeline on my bridge hammocks. First and foremost, a place to attach a small gear bag, and loop my head-lamp for easy access.

    The 'lay' in a bridge hammock is indeed affected by...
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    my ears were burning. Happens when folks at HF...

    my ears were burning. Happens when folks at HF drop my name. <grin>
    The video in question showed how to put in a supporting layer of 1.1 silnylon and do some fancy folding to get a 3-4 layer...
  23. By the 'short side' you mean the ends, yes? so...

    By the 'short side' you mean the ends, yes? so the question would really be about the shape of the end-caps. I've used several different shapes there, more trying to simplify construction of the...
  24. Like every bridge design I've ever seen (except...

    Like every bridge design I've ever seen (except one very experimental one where I was trying to pull the corners apart without spreader bars, and needed something other than fabric between the ends.)
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    Da boy has mad balancing skills! But the...

    Da boy has mad balancing skills!

    But the broadly the point about cord tricks versus fiendishly clever titanium geehaws not being where the bottlenecks (weight, time, whatever...) is spot on. We...
  26. There's no webbing on the ends (although you...

    There's no webbing on the ends (although you cannot tell). No need. That's black bias tape.
  27. Another angle to consider would be a frame,...

    Another angle to consider would be a frame, footprint the size of the hammock basically. Only difference is that you don't get the gentle sway of a hanging bed.

    I did a 'portable' version once,...
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    I'm liking it. Less is more. Better living...

    I'm liking it.
    Less is more.
    Better living through knotcraft.
    Sorry Dutchster
    Grizz
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    When sewing a zipper down I've always got it...

    When sewing a zipper down I've always got it open, for maximum flexibility with movement w.r.t. sewing machine. This means marking the fabric with the cut line first, making the cut, and finishing...
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    I have no experience making anything out of...

    I have no experience making anything out of Tyvek, but I guess you know whether you can sew it. Does it have any kind of breathability? I'd be concerned about a cocoon of material through which no...
  31. The bridge hammock thread...

    The bridge hammock thread of historic fame was launched with a posting by funbun pointing to a website run by an Australian yachting club with a picture and directions for a bridge hammock (although...
  32. Sticky: It's always fun to see that folks are reading up...

    It's always fun to see that folks are reading up on history, that video is six years old!

    In answer to the question, I think in principle it would work, at least at first. But there's going to be...
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    the one difference between head and foot end is...

    the one difference between head and foot end is that I deliberately made the foot end past the spreader bar a little deeper, to let my feet sort of 'hang off' the end, which I like in particular when...
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    close to what I originally did, but some crufty...

    close to what I originally did, but some crufty javascript got inserted somehow. Just now edited to follow your instructions. We'll see if it 'takes'. Thanks.
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    Thanks all. WV-- Amsteel is sewn in for about...

    Thanks all.

    WV-- Amsteel is sewn in for about 6 inches at each corner. Turns out to be enough to hold it in place.

    Boston--great question. I use a hot knife to cut, so as to seal the edges. I...
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    It's been a while since I put up a video. The...

    It's been a while since I put up a video. The old way of embedding it seems not to work. ?
    'youtube' tag on, youtube video code, 'youtube' tag off. Any pointers on this so I can clean it up?
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    yet another Grizz Bridge...the 'Ariel'

    I had a chance to spend a night on the Superior Hiking Trail, and took the opportunity
    to shoot some footage about a few new design features of the always evolving Grizz Bridge.

    The main...
  38. I bet there's a video or something that could...

    I bet there's a video or something that could help...
  39. I saw that when I sewed the zipper directly to...

    I saw that when I sewed the zipper directly to the webbing there got to be a fair bit of lateral 'twist' on the zipper I didn't like, the difference between the way the zipper lays when the hammock...
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    yep, you got it pegged pretty well. if it is...

    yep, you got it pegged pretty well. if it is too warm to have an overquilt on when you first crawl in, it is too warm to have something that doesn't breath beneath you. But in the shoulder...
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    confirming what has been said already, to wit *...

    confirming what has been said already, to wit
    * putting in a pad means the bottom layer carries most of the load
    * only a surprisingly small difference in width between top layer and bottom layer...
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    I like it, let the bridge revolution begin!...

    I like it, let the bridge revolution begin! (rather, _continue_).

    WV-- credit on the dowel-in-hiking-pole properly goes to TeeDee, the original DIY bridge contributor on the forums.
    Another one...
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    Can you use beaks with a bridge hammock? Yes. I...

    Can you use beaks with a bridge hammock? Yes. I use tarps whose ridgelines are at least as long as the distance between the tops of the two suspension triangles. That means at the join point of the...
  44. I had the same question. My life insurance...

    I had the same question. My life insurance payments are in arrears otherwise I'd try myself :cool:

    But seriously (i) nice presentation, I caught on immediately, and (ii) having tried to video...
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    Grizz is pleased. Nice job stoikurt, I know...

    Grizz is pleased. Nice job stoikurt, I know you've been thinking about doing this for a long time, and you've done it well.

    r.e. triangle apex, I've used a very similar technique as you...
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    This Halloween Professor Hammock was scaring the...

    This Halloween Professor Hammock was scaring the kids coming to his door with tech sheets like this one which says under 'bending radius' that


    Dutch might have been the big kid who ran away...
  47. Shug on the SHT in the fall....doesn't get better...

    Shug on the SHT in the fall....doesn't get better than that.

    Waiting to see if hitting the hay at 7 pm means wide-eyed and waiting for daylight at 3 am!

    In a gathered end hammock I go left-side...
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    An as-yet-unmentioned benefit of a RL on bridge...

    An as-yet-unmentioned benefit of a RL on bridge (and I always use one) is analogous to 'setting the sag' on a gathered end hammock.

    A bridge hammock is 'flat' because the shape of the suspension...
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    I got here by way of JRB and HH, in that order. ...

    I got here by way of JRB and HH, in that order. In 2006 was gearing up for a Philmont trek with 2 sons, looking to cut weight using quilts rather than sleeping bags. Stumbled onto the JRB site,...
  50. Sticky: howdy Shug! It would be better to see me hanging,...

    howdy Shug! It would be better to see me hanging, but typing will have to do for now.
    Hey, we're vacationing with the family of a son's significant other, and we got to showing
    youtube vids with...
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