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    Hi spec.rev--first, greetings from one who grew...

    Hi spec.rev--first, greetings from one who grew up in Minnesota, up Bemidji way. Life and employment took me elsewhere but MN is still 'home'.
    You asked specifically about the Thermarest slacker. ...
  2. Thanks Paul, Jonathan...but I have to say that...

    Thanks Paul, Jonathan...but I have to say that the 'be prepared' award goes to Mark and Jonathan, who provided me a list of the things they wanted to talk about well in advance. Knowing what's...
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    The key differentiator for the 'Fronkey Style'...

    The key differentiator for the 'Fronkey Style' bugnet is the open bottom, with shock cord through channels on either side. I've not tried that bottom enclosure, but what I have done may inform what...
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    The longer the sides of the suspension triangle...

    The longer the sides of the suspension triangle (the 'dogbones' here I guess, but they don't need to be that specific construct), the less compression there is on the spreader bar, but (obviously)...
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    After looking at the webbing this weekend, I'd go...

    After looking at the webbing this weekend, I'd go with rolling 'in'. Either way there is some pulling on that last line of stitching, but I think the pull on the stitch might be less rolling in,...
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    Thanks DivaB. Good to see you here too.

    Thanks DivaB. Good to see you here too.
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    great job! Thanks for posting. One trick for...

    great job! Thanks for posting.
    One trick for dealing with the magnets when sewing is to slip a strap of vinyl (I cut out a piece of a stiff vinyl divider from a notebook)
    and put it under the...
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    finding now that antigravity...

    finding now that antigravity sells a 1/2" mule tape version citing Becket hitch attachment.
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    Great find! I put in an order to use it exactly...

    Great find! I put in an order to use it exactly as you have suggested here. I haven't myself seen sheathing slip on the spyderline used in a Becket hitch, but that was reported and is easy to...
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    nice work, as usual!

    nice work, as usual!
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    I was working the tubular webbing thing in my...

    I was working the tubular webbing thing in my mind's eye, and have had 2nd thoughts. Will dig out a hammock using webbing to see which way is best...if either...all comes down to the angle of the...
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    At 145 lbs I'd have few worries about using...

    At 145 lbs I'd have few worries about using lightweight fabric. Suggest though you go with the RBTR diamond ripstop. There's going to be quite a bit of stress on the stitching on the webbing (can't...
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    Ha! As it happens I was a DJ for radio...

    Ha! As it happens I was a DJ for radio super-station KRLX back in the day when D for disk really meant a vinyl disk.
    Two turntables, the technical bit was to merge the beginning of one song into...
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    thanks for the pictures, I can see what is going...

    thanks for the pictures, I can see what is going on.

    Will try with words to describe this, can't myself do pictures from here for a while.
    Executive summary: this technique does not, as best I...
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    that's a non-sequitur. Whether a technique is...

    that's a non-sequitur. Whether a technique is effective in a performance sense or not has nothing to do with whether it is widely available. Almost all pads that are used by ground-dwellers or even...
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    The mind-picture I get from this description...

    The mind-picture I get from this description makes it seem closer to putting the loop on the toggle than putting the loop on the knot, but not entirely. So this would not be recommended for folks...
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    heads up, a member reported to me a failure of...

    heads up, a member reported to me a failure of spyderline used in the Becket hitch, where the cover tore on the spectra. He's 230 lbs. Said he saw signs of compression on the cord before the tear...
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    Spyderline is Old School. Do a search on HF with...

    Spyderline is Old School. Do a search on HF with Spyderline as a keyword in a posting and you'll find the first reference dating back to Feb. 2007. Sort of disappeared from discussion once Amsteel...
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    +1 on the application!

    +1 on the application!
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    I remembered to dig out that roll of cord and...

    I remembered to dig out that roll of cord and check the name on the label. It is 'Endura', not 'Enduron'---a mind is a terrible thing to lose---and the German company behind the New England Ropes...
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    I wouldn't worry much about the hammock fabric. ...

    I wouldn't worry much about the hammock fabric. Open question though if/how magnets holding bug net on gathered end will go. I would try deeper 'lip' in the net and denser placement of magnets.
    ...
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    Don't think so, grosgrain is pretty tough. I...

    Don't think so, grosgrain is pretty tough. I found though that I needed tightly spaced stitches, up and back, to keep the magnet from popping through, e.g., to the metal plate on the side when I'm...
  23. Whoa! Bad news. Beef up bars like Zilla...

    Whoa! Bad news. Beef up bars like Zilla suggests. Could be you got hit with dynamic forces if you were bopping around at all. Good news though, if you'd been in a rip stop hammock you might have...
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    Thanks, I don't think it would have occurred to...

    Thanks, I don't think it would have occurred to me except for the suggestion of GrizzNet .... GaussNet .... that's an attractive name!

    I learned to sew so that I could follow DIY bridge...
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    outstanding finds WV! The magnets I have had two...

    outstanding finds WV!
    The magnets I have had two ratings, a marketing one and a scientific one.
    The marketing one rated it 10 on a scale of 10 (a really marketing guy would have rated it 11 out of...
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    Hi Floridahanger, glad you like the design. ...

    Hi Floridahanger, glad you like the design. Bugnets attached with magnets should be called Gauss-nets :shades:
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    Thanks, close-ups are better than looking at me...

    Thanks, close-ups are better than looking at me talking! But seriously, when I'm trying to figure out what's going on technically in a video I want up close and personal.


    Hey thanks. Truth...
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    Red, FM---thanks! rammsteini---I use a python...

    Red, FM---thanks!

    rammsteini---I use a python script to generate the OpenSCAD file, have attached both it and a .scad file created using
    input parameter -ptsPerSlice 21. To my mind the python...
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    Video: Trickin' Out The Ariel

    Following on the heels of 'Engineering the Grizz Bridge Ariel'
    I put together a walk-through of the Ariel, 'Trickin out the Ariel'.
    The hook: from tree to tree, excluding spreader bar (or hiking...
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    You can do end caps last or not at all!

    You can do end caps last or not at all!
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    For your weight I would recommend the side of the...

    For your weight I would recommend the side of the triangle be at least 80% the spreader bar length. 0.8 times 42 is 34 inches, rounded up
  32. wonderful! Isn't it nice to feel the back...

    wonderful! Isn't it nice to feel the back support.

    I am in the midst of fitting a detachable half-net to mine, to be followed by a heavier but full enclosure net. Bugnet geometry on a bridge...
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  34. I always use 36" spreader bars. Now given that...

    I always use 36" spreader bars. Now given that you can make longer ones from your 50" pair, and given that longer bars make for less shoulder squeeze, you could go wider but I wouldn't advise wider...
  35. Your secret is safe with me... Thanks for...

    Your secret is safe with me...

    Thanks for trying...actually I gave the game away earlier today. So I natter on about the bowling ball and computing depths based on that model, and I do, but...
  36. OK bandersol44, more infomation. Attached is a...

    OK bandersol44, more infomation. Attached is a spreadsheet that describes a parabola of depth 15.75" with base of 26.5", from the center to an edge, every quarter of an inch, with the height given as...
  37. This was going to be a reveal in the next video,...

    This was going to be a reveal in the next video, but you asked....

    Despite the balling ball business, when it came to making the end cap my aesthic sense led me back to a parabola. The length of...
  38. For 70D I'd look to double up. At your weight...

    For 70D I'd look to double up. At your weight class I don't think the second layer wouldn't have to be 70D---something lighter would do, but if you've got the material and aren't looking for the...
  39. 2, one per triangle. For the corners I'd suggest...

    2, one per triangle. For the corners I'd suggest putting a loop in the webbing, larks-head a spliced eye of the cord into that loop, and tuck the pole tip into the larks-head loop (shown in a number...
  40. Same experience here with respect to the...

    Same experience here with respect to the larkshead approach.

    I always build in a loop (or attach a ring) at the apex of the triangle.
    The advantage to me for separate dogbones is that I can make...
  41. you can get tubular webbing from...

    you can get tubular webbing from www.diygearsupply.com, and SMC descender rings from whoopiesling.com . Both vendors are "family" here.

    Breaking strength of 1/2 webbing is over 1500 pounds,...
  42. Hi there BigSig. The cuts are essentially for...

    Hi there BigSig.
    The cuts are essentially for pulling up the hammock in the middle, that's what gives you the support in the middle.
    The heavier the occupant, the more pulling up is needed, so at...
  43. The People anxiously await the reveal of their...

    The People anxiously await the reveal of their Hammock!
  44. My previous persuader's button-hole approach...

    My previous persuader's button-hole approach didn't work well for me, and the grosgrain was a way to protect the cut fabric. The Janome does it like a champ, and so I can save a few grams w/o the...
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    Climbing into the wayback machine, this analysis...

    Climbing into the wayback machine, this analysis may be of possible historical interest.
    Let us know how it works out.

    My take... "flat" really means "better support for back and...
  46. This is so cool...I post a sketchy video on a...

    This is so cool...I post a sketchy video on a hammock design and boom! some folks take off to try their hand at it. Loving it.

    On the cords...I thought about doing what Johne did, one basic cord...
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    Hey Hemi426--that would be CERL, or USGS Water...

    Hey Hemi426--that would be CERL, or USGS Water Science Center, or ... ? If the latter I can hit your building from my building with a well thrown baseball. I'm at CSL. I got a bunch of hammocks...
  48. Any way you can reason yourself into a design is...

    Any way you can reason yourself into a design is good, even trial and error. The Romans built aquaducts that stand today. For this hammock, the smart money might have been trial and error...but I...
  49. Hey thanks! I like the aesthetics also of making...

    Hey thanks! I like the aesthetics also of making full use of the hammock fabric. Green hammocking! All it takes to anchor the hammock body to the cord is a 6" sew through of the cord on the...
  50. Video: Engineering of the Grizz Bridge Ariel

    It was a long time in coming, and may feel like a long time to view it, but I've finally managed to pull together a description of the details behind the Grizz Bridge Ariel, introduced last June in...
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