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    d-d-d-dam! Nice! Inspiring! Doors! We all...

    d-d-d-dam! Nice! Inspiring! Doors!
    We all want to make one like yours!
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    cpverne, I just got a superfly. Thanks for the...

    cpverne,
    I just got a superfly. Thanks for the post, you rock.

    Insufficient time to do the mod before returning to the trail. you ROCK.
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    Thanks all! I'm finished and I like what I have...

    Thanks all! I'm finished and I like what I have for a first down UQ. It's in my backpack, and I'm trying to get out of town asap. My apologies for not posting pictures.

    FYI the down came from...
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    New (to me) idea, brought on by MAD777's...

    New (to me) idea, brought on by MAD777's statement, "I think all shock cord too much stretch".

    As a (still) recent convert to the hammock, I have in mind to favor 3/32" or 1/8" cord over shock...
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    Underquilt suspension question

    Underquilt suspension question
    I just finished sewing channels to the edges of my UQ. Do I really need the channels on the side, if I don't mind getting out of the hammock to adjust its position? ...
  6. I've tried painters' plastic drop cloth. I found...

    I've tried painters' plastic drop cloth. I found it cheap, but extremely fragile, with holes forming if I looked at it funny.

    I've used polycro (colorless, clear shrink wrap insulation for...
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    Congrats on a great DIY project! Great...

    Congrats on a great DIY project! Great production.

    Agree with the line loc tip above. also, a prusik loop to the shock cord at the corners can help keep the UQ from slipping and also keep it...
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    I'm 5'8" and 154 lb. I've used my trekking pole...

    I'm 5'8" and 154 lb. I've used my trekking pole extended to 40". I liked that better than 36" for shoulders and feet. I'd try 44", but I don't think my HikingDad inspired bridge is wide enough.
    ...
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    Me too. Tarp line note.

    Same experience with rapid execution for my Superfly order.

    Likely, their business plan includes:
    Under-promise and over deliver.

    The tarp guy line I bought works well with a taut-line...
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    I dragged my bridge hammock on the PCT this year...

    I dragged my bridge hammock on the PCT this year beginning March 27 from Campo to May 24 mile 813. Don't expect to hang much on the southern Cal part of the trail. Sure, you can hang at Barrel...
  11. Thanks, excellent report! Glad to know of tamer...

    Thanks, excellent report! Glad to know of tamer conditions near I-80. I camped at 10,700' near Mather Pass last Friday and Saturday nights. 2" of snow on Friday night followed by a fast melt...
  12. neoair XTherm in a Gathered End Hammk/Segmented pad extender

    I have a long hike planned, and I'm still working out details. I had planned to sew an down underquilt for my DIY 12' hammock. On whim I laid my ground pad, a full length neoair XTherm, into the...
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    Lamboy, My double layer DIY bridge, with 1.6 oz...

    Lamboy,
    My double layer DIY bridge, with 1.6 oz ripstop, weighs ~20 oz with a bugnet (no-see-um from Dutch), whoopie slings and 7' tree straps.
    two 36" spreader bars (0.625" diameter) weigh 10 oz. ...
  14. DIY is a learning experience! You'll only get...

    DIY is a learning experience! You'll only get better if you make "mistakes." Eventually you will get this the way you want.
  15. Great design. Maybe you can omit the shock cord on the long edges of the bug net

    You have done a bang up job on that! I see you have Dutch's joints (or the like)--you've integrated it nicely.

    And many thanks for sourcing those 3/8" center release buckles and webbing! I'd...
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    Climashield Apex 6.0 (http://www.owfinc.com/) ...

    Climashield Apex 6.0 (http://www.owfinc.com/)

    Since I didn't build the UQ with a diff cut, I plan to sew a couple longitudinal darts on one side to create the same effect, taking up as much as 4"....
  17. bug-a-nator: Amazon.com : Texsport 15086...

    bug-a-nator: Amazon.com : Texsport 15086 Bug-a-nator II electronic Insect Zapper Assorted Colors

    I'm interested in what you really want to convey by the term "bug-a-nator"

    I made a Fronkey...
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    Unusual cool spots with underquilt

    I spent a 35* night in British Columbia with a 48x60 rectangular underquilt (UQ) under my gathered end hammock. The UQ provided coverage from neck to ankle. Lying on my back, I developed a cool...
  19. The real problem isn't the cost of thread, but rather . . .

    I'm probably a few dozen projects behind you. I've started my 3rd roll of tera 60 after 3 gathered end ripstop hammocks, 3 gathered end tablecloth hammocks, two double layer bridge hammocks, 4 bug...
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    An adaptation doesn't get any more elegant than...

    An adaptation doesn't get any more elegant than this.

    Ben, the OP in a relevant thread, uses his straps. We could have sewn a loop to the static part of the strap. Instead, we went with 8"...
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    Nice, G-rat.

    For the trekking pole spike end, I didn't make or buy plates (from Dutch) that can accept a pole tip. I've tried two options--both work:
    1. I stick the point into the larks-head of...
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    All your replies reassure me that the ridgeline...

    All your replies reassure me that the ridgeline add-ons are like "belt and suspenders"

    I'll back yard test. Thanks, all.

    Cheers,
    Jeff.
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    diygearsupply draped pocket bug net

    I'm making the draped pocket bug net detailed at diygearsupply.com. I'm done, but for a few snaps/velcro to join the ends. Would a mild imbalance in pocket contents drag the net out of position,...
  24. I got mine from the same place. I made a 48" x...

    I got mine from the same place. I made a 48" x 60" underquilt with Apex 6.0. Last weekend, I overnighted at 5000' in Wash state about 100' from a creek. Cold wind blowing down the mountain pushed...
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    It looks good! Looks like it provides several...

    It looks good! Looks like it provides several acre feet of head space!

    Minnesota must be the great testing ground for mosquito nets. Enjoy the bugs. I had a few fly into my mouth last weekend...
  26. Thanks, folks. This will help reduce tangle. I...

    Thanks, folks. This will help reduce tangle. I knew others got there first. Baby steps, baby steps.

    WRT the ridgeline attachment: complete adjustability I don't need, as the 88" between hang...
  27. Question: Underquilt attachment points

    To reduce the amount of cord that can try to tangle with other cord, I propose to attach loops to my gathered end hammock about 44" from the midpoint of the hammock, rather than continue to suspend...
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    It looks great and I'm impressed that you figured...

    It looks great and I'm impressed that you figured out getting the continuous loops onto the cinch buckles. I took 2 days to figure that it wasn't just a triple larkshead from a continuous loop.
    ...
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    9 comments, but no link to the knotty mod? hmpt!...

    9 comments, but no link to the knotty mod? hmpt! Here 'tis !

    Um, you'll need someone who can work a sewing machine b/c hand sewing happens over geologic time periods. Likely you'll only need to...
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    Oops, I left out critical lengths of rope to make...

    Oops, I left out critical lengths of rope to make it work. This requires additional rope as below:
    7" for length of rope that passes through the 9" bury at the adjustable end
    4-6" for length of...
  31. Dual-use/no-use trekking pole spreader bars?

    While thinking about modifying my old skool, weighty Black Diamond trekking poles for use as a spreader bar for my bridge hammock, the specter of a broken trekking pole induced a click on the "Pause"...
  32. The turtle dog stand I made includes six 2"...

    The turtle dog stand I made includes

    six 2" x 2" x 6.5'
    2 chain link top rail pieces 6' each. Home Depot sells these as 10'6" with several inches of one end smaller to fit inside the end of...
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    Yes, I saw stars in sharp focus, camping on the...

    Yes, I saw stars in sharp focus, camping on the Washington coast in April. I had a firm, not drum-tight pitch--a sloppy pitch may cause some refraction. In fact, when I had moments of wakefulness...
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    I used a 3M Scotch Transparent Duct Tape,...

    I used a 3M Scotch Transparent Duct Tape, 1.88-Inch by 20-Yard (2120-A) Light and tough.


    Yes, like an extension, but it's a two part extension consisting of two triangles cut so that when sewn,...
  35. My suspension slipped when using it with sticky,...

    My suspension slipped when using it with sticky, inner tube on the ridge pole of my turtle dog stand hanging at a 30˚ angle. I weigh 160 making the horizontal load on the inner tube 138.56 lb. ...
  36. Maybe using t joints instead of elbow joints at...

    Maybe using t joints instead of elbow joints at the upper corners will provide a better point to attach your suspension?
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    i like it! I made a 7x10 with shrink film from...

    i like it!

    I made a 7x10 with shrink film from Duck Brand. I think it weighed under 7 oz with tie outs and ridgeline. I used it on the coast on bugless nights in April and was so blown away by...
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    hk, Your signature line says Press and hold...

    hk,
    Your signature line says

    Press and hold the ALT key and type the number 0176 to make a degree sign!

    ok here goes:
    Maybe that works for Windows computers.

    On my macbook, alt...
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    Got it. Thanks. I have considered hanging it...

    Got it. Thanks.

    I have considered hanging it outside the body of the hammock and placing shock cord on all the bottom edges, then joining the corners below with the mitten hooks, such that it...
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    Neither own design or commercial. It's a double...

    Neither own design or commercial. It's a double layer cousin of that introduced by HikingDad (an inch wider and longer, and different route to the end cap ). The bug net design, I cobbled from what...
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    I usually like to include a picture or drawing. ...

    I usually like to include a picture or drawing. I dropped the ball. Picture below.
    90049
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    Techniques for unstressing no-see-um?

    1 What do you do to keep a tie out point from tearing out no-see-um netting? I just relocated a clip point from the netting to a netting-ripstop seam and feel only slightly more confident that the...
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    And just to make things a little more complex, I...

    And just to make things a little more complex, I attach the ridgeline to the suspension using soft shackles (instructions) instead of carabiners.

    Once you start splicing rope toys, you don't...
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    It appears from the video at the link, that the...

    It appears from the video at the link, that the hardwood leg segments have a compound cut at the joint that during compression would push each piece to opposing corners. That'd make for a tighter...
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    Re: the adjustable ridgeline, Aaron has you on...

    Re: the adjustable ridgeline, Aaron has you on the right track. You never know when a comfort issue forces you to experiment with your ridgeline. I'm rather new to the hanging life and have hung...
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    I'm not in. I want to make my own. Don't enter...

    I'm not in. I want to make my own. Don't enter me. Someone else needs it more than I do. I want one less than everyone else.

    I don't want one.
    Not with a goat, not in a boat.
    Not in the...
  47. nice. very nice.

    nice.


    very nice.
  48. Quick note on Dutch clips & paint on posts

    I love the Dutch clips for joining my tree strap to the end loops. I have often used them to hang from posts around my house. Take special care using them as they may take a little paint off the...
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    thanks aaron, I don't jump out of good airplanes...

    thanks aaron, I don't jump out of good airplanes with parachutes either.



    No to end caps then!
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    ditto, what he said. I'd still have a very low...

    ditto, what he said. I'd still have a very low initial investment, if I didn't keep making more of what I've already made (you can't have too many boats, er, hammocks). $30 for the DIY hammock with...
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