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    I always keep a handful of Ranger Bands in my...

    I always keep a handful of Ranger Bands in my pack for things like this, but I'm a little lazy as well and usually just let them hang. Good idea though.
  2. I got it with my last order. Probably one of the...

    I got it with my last order. Probably one of the easiest DIY projects I've done!
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    Well, there ya go!

    Well, there ya go!
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    The numbers will get you close, but fine tuning...

    The numbers will get you close, but fine tuning takes feel, not a calculator.
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    I am in complete control! Really, I am.....stop...

    I am in complete control! Really, I am.....stop laughing......
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    That's a wonderful tool, I used it a lot before I...

    That's a wonderful tool, I used it a lot before I learned how to eyeball it.
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    Or, go to a Pro Shop and ask nicely, they'll give...

    Or, go to a Pro Shop and ask nicely, they'll give you all the broken shafts you want!
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    What I mean is, this isn't an exact science. Your...

    What I mean is, this isn't an exact science. Your hangle will vary by a few degrees one way or another, but it should never move enough to put so much strain on the ridgeline that you would have to...
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    I wouldn't say "most of us". Besides, the 30...

    I wouldn't say "most of us". Besides, the 30 degree angle is just a starting point. If I actually measured and calculated my hangle, it would be shallower than 30, more like 25 or 26 degrees. It's...
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    Used the same set of straps for years and never...

    Used the same set of straps for years and never had a problem like this, in fact, my wife is using that same set of cheap, yellow, Harbor Freight straps with the same toggles. That puts about 3 years...
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    I can't take credit for the idea. Someone posted...

    I can't take credit for the idea. Someone posted it a while back and I've been using it since then.
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    Aluminum arrow shafts, sticks, ink pens, aluminum...

    Aluminum arrow shafts, sticks, ink pens, aluminum Slurpee straws....anything that can resist the crushing force of the MSH. Some folks are even using the rolled up ends of their straps. I always...
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    If you've got straps and buckles you should be...

    If you've got straps and buckles you should be able to go shorter than 14'. Again, if you're keeping it close to 30 degrees, ridgeline weight shouldn't be an issue. P.S. I'd go with at least 15'...
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    If you keep your suspension at or around 30...

    If you keep your suspension at or around 30 degrees, the SRL will never be too tight. When the trees are farther apart, hang your suspension higher up on the trunk and visa versa when they are...
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    I totally disagree with this! My mimum distance...

    I totally disagree with this! My mimum distance is 12' and I've gone up to 20' without undue stress on my ridgeline. An overly tight ridgeline means you got issues with the suspension as well.
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    I'm just over 225 and 1.75 works fine for me. If...

    I'm just over 225 and 1.75 works fine for me. If hung properly, there shouldn't be that much weight on the ridgeline.
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    Or just make an adjustable ridgeline to start...

    Or just make an adjustable ridgeline to start with. Problem solved.
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    If you remove the toggle, it becomes a simple...

    If you remove the toggle, it becomes a simple slip knot. That's why it's so effective, just remove the toggle and pull the free end of the strap, goodbye knot. On one of my hammocks, I've got...
  19. I'm sure it's totally possible, but why would you...

    I'm sure it's totally possible, but why would you want to weave it? A backsplice looks neat and clean and takes about thirty seconds. If you weave it, make a video.
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    If you remove the toggle, it turns into a knot....

    If you remove the toggle, it turns into a knot. That's the point I made earlier.
  21. Doesn't matter how many strands, just bury the...

    Doesn't matter how many strands, just bury the tapered end back into itself. Tyler is right on point.
  22. Since you're backing it up with a toggle anyway,...

    Since you're backing it up with a toggle anyway, why not use the Marlin Spike Hitch?
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    Also, if you don't mind a little added weight,...

    Also, if you don't mind a little added weight, you could install continuous loops on your hammock along with your whoopies. That way, you could go even shorter and hook the loops directly to the MSH.
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    I've gotten away from the MSH by using Whoopie...

    I've gotten away from the MSH by using Whoopie Hooks, but I think the MSH and toggle are better. Maybe it's time to go back.
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    Let's split a few more hairs....it's only a MSH...

    Let's split a few more hairs....it's only a MSH when a toggle is used, otherwise it's a slippery overhand knot like oldgringo said.
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    maybe a little of both, but $3.00 for a set of...

    maybe a little of both, but $3.00 for a set of 10' straps is a pretty good deal. Having said that, I buy webbing from Dutch 100' at a time. I think the webbing sold by our vendors is thicker,...
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    As an added bonus, if you cut away the...

    As an added bonus, if you cut away the ratchet/buckles on a tow strap, there's usually a loop already sewn in. I hung on a set of Harbor Freight straps for over two years and never had a problem. My...
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    Sounds like folks are finding mediocre solutions...

    Sounds like folks are finding mediocre solutions to problems that don't really exist, sort of like reverse evolution.
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    That's a very valid point and should not be taken...

    That's a very valid point and should not be taken for granted, but a lot of the weight ratings are based on the ratchet/cam system. I've bought the camlock straps and the ratchet straps and both had...
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    Although I use "real" straps now, I started with...

    Although I use "real" straps now, I started with the yellow HF straps and they worked fine. If you do a side by side comparison between Dutch straps and the HF ones, there's a world of difference....
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    Thanks a bunch.

    Thanks a bunch.
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    How would one know when said Meetups would happen?

    How would one know when said Meetups would happen?
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    Why don't we do lunch on a Saturday sometime....

    Why don't we do lunch on a Saturday sometime. Pick a neutral location and meet at a nice place. Heck, bring your significant others too.
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    Yep! There's yer problem! And to milk the bury,...

    Yep! There's yer problem! And to milk the bury, pinch the Amsteel on the tree side of the bury and slide your fingers down. The idea is to milk all the slack, for lack of a better word, out of the...
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    My schedule is my nemesis! Most days I only have...

    My schedule is my nemesis! Most days I only have time to shake it once.....
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    I'm with the Scouts this weekend, but my wife...

    I'm with the Scouts this weekend, but my wife owes me a solo campout for Father's Day. We could totally do a MTHUG. What is an MTHUG, by the way?
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    I'd be happy to help, as long as you're not an...

    I'd be happy to help, as long as you're not an axe murderer or something like that.
  38. I used the same set of yellow Harbor Freight...

    I used the same set of yellow Harbor Freight straps for over two years with no problems. Take care of your gear, hook it up properly, and clean and inspect it regularly. Now I'm using webbing from...
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    A pic of your setup might help as well.

    A pic of your setup might help as well.
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    I started using mine as Whoopie Hooks. They're a...

    I started using mine as Whoopie Hooks. They're a little harder to slide, but work great otherwise.
  41. Yeah, I use Opie's method as well. No worries, I...

    Yeah, I use Opie's method as well. No worries, I use continuous loops anyway. Soft Shackles are so usefull though.
  42. I thought the opening of a Whoopie Hook was a...

    I thought the opening of a Whoopie Hook was a little wider than a Speed Hook. Am I wrong?
  43. There shouldn't be that much tension on your...

    There shouldn't be that much tension on your ridgeline, just enough to maintain the correct amount of sag.
  44. Because I like CL's better than soft shackles for...

    Because I like CL's better than soft shackles for that purpose. All along the soft shackle, the amsteel is a double thickness. That makes it difficult to slip into the hook of my speed hooks. Like I...
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    Nope! Rest assured, when it does, I'll be all...

    Nope! Rest assured, when it does, I'll be all over it, maybe in an OD Green.
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    Never handled silpoly so I couldn't comment, but...

    Never handled silpoly so I couldn't comment, but it's lighter than Silnylon 1.1.
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    Closeups would show my horrible sewing skills!...

    Closeups would show my horrible sewing skills! lol I'll see what I can do this afternoon.
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    There are tons of threads on carbon arrow...

    There are tons of threads on carbon arrow toggles. Some like them, some don't. I've personally witnessed a CF toggle fail, it just collapsed and folded up. Even when hung properly, I wouldn't trust...
  49. Soft shackles are great, I always have one or two...

    Soft shackles are great, I always have one or two with me, but I would follow the advice above and just wrap the CL's twice.
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    Dutchware Xenon!

    I posted a while back about the new Xenon fabric from Dutch and was waiting on an opportunity to check it for leaks. Well, Permatex Flowable Silicone is the ticket for seam sealing, just make sure...
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