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  1. Supplex has a soft cottony feel. I'm not sure...

    Supplex has a soft cottony feel. I'm not sure how its stretch would compare with polyester, but it's significantly stronger than lighter nylon fabrics such as 1.4, 1.6, and even 1.9 oz ripstop that...
  2. Gargoyle speaks truth, but I'd omit the grosgrain...

    Gargoyle speaks truth, but I'd omit the grosgrain reinforcements. Add fabric to the foot end. I have done something similar with supplex nylon (my vote for the most cotton-like strong fabric)...
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    When Hammock Forums started it attracted a lot of...

    When Hammock Forums started it attracted a lot of original thinkers who shared ideas freely, and we all benefited. I think it was like open-source software. The pace of innovation was wonderful. ...
  4. I agree with xxl_hanger.

    I agree with xxl_hanger.
  5. Thread: Videos from Finland

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    Jari, I'll add my thanks to all the preceding...

    Jari, I'll add my thanks to all the preceding responses. I look forward to our next trip.
    David
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    I'd go with option 3 simply because it does away...

    I'd go with option 3 simply because it does away with the bias tape, but see what Grizz says about zipper orientation.
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    The 1.9 ox ripstop you bought is a great fabric...

    The 1.9 ox ripstop you bought is a great fabric to start with, and maybe to stay with. Make a single layer hammock out of it. My 2. :)
  8. I used a small cuben diy poncho to add side...

    I used a small cuben diy poncho to add side protection with a small tarp - probably similar in some respects. It was okay, except when it was raining. :lol:
    By that, I mean attaching and...
  9. Thread: Epiphany!

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    Busted! :laugh: Welcome, JessiD87. You'll fit...

    Busted! :laugh: Welcome, JessiD87. You'll fit right in, ... if you know the password.
  10. Dutch is in China. You're making him work on his...

    Dutch is in China. You're making him work on his vacation. Don't post stuff like this. I hope he doesn't cut his trip short to take care of your problem. Probably will. :rolleyes:
  11. Just practice your lanyard knot. That's what...

    Just practice your lanyard knot. That's what holds everything. There are no problems of scale, as when calculating bury lengths with different diameters of cordage.
  12. Thread: moral delima

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    You get the older, heavier gear, but you might...

    You get the older, heavier gear, but you might make a longer hammock for yourself.
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    Rob's solution looks good. Notice he refers to...

    Rob's solution looks good. Notice he refers to it by it's proper name, "Bishop Bag." I don't think there is much strain on the hole in normal use. I'd just sew on a 2" x 2" patch for...
  14. Thread: Costco Down vest UQ

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    Excellent! Tighten up that shock cord. See...

    Excellent! Tighten up that shock cord. See Shug's recent video on suspension for a partial UQ. The DIY force is strong in this one. ;)
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    I have a sleeping bag stored in a tube made with...

    I have a sleeping bag stored in a tube made with a piece of 5' x 8' $1/yd fabric. Sew the long sides togther, making a 20" diameter tube. Tie one end in an overhand knot. Insert sleeping bag (or...
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    I agree with MAD777 on the width. You'll...

    I agree with MAD777 on the width.

    You'll save some money and collect less water :scared: between the UQ and your hammock if you use a breathable fabric with DWM instead of cuben. I made an...
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    If you have any network cable (Cat-5, Cat-6,...

    If you have any network cable (Cat-5, Cat-6, etc.), take some apart and use one of the interior wires with the insulation still on. The other suggestions are fine, too. Use whichever one you can...
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    I like the idea of the pole mod, especially with...

    I like the idea of the pole mod, especially with a big tarp. Last year I got a bargain on some tent pole replacements with shock cords but haven't found time to experiment with them. One is 7' 4"...
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    You've certainly explored the versatility that...

    You've certainly explored the versatility that those 16 tieout points afford you, but don't overlook one of the great virtues of the ogee design: when you tie the corners of the "doors" down to the...
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    Using the W form probably puts more stress on the...

    Using the W form probably puts more stress on the fabric near the corners that are pulled out. You don't need to pull it very far. However, I'd suggest sewing a channel on the next round with this...
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    Soldering gun for cutting fabric

    And ... you were right. I got a 140/100 watt soldering gun and used the tile tip (the flat one) to cut out material for a kilt. It's great. Thanks. I found I needed the 140 watt setting for...
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    Sorry you're having problems, but glad you're...

    Sorry you're having problems, but glad you're posting. I've replaced the power cord on my 15-91 because the insulation was cracked. Someday I'll need to do more of electrical repairs.
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    That looks great. Let us know how 12 oz. of 800...

    That looks great. Let us know how 12 oz. of 800 fp down works out for you, but don't be too quick to add more. I think managing the loft gets a lot easier with practice. I added a lot of down to a...
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    Wonderful! Way to "improve an opportunity."

    Wonderful! Way to "improve an opportunity."
  25. Thread: HyperD 1.6 Review

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    No offense, but when I looked at the first...

    No offense, but when I looked at the first pictures I wondered about pet toenails making that kind of hole. Then I saw the third picture.... you're not in the clear, either.
  26. Thread: fixed Ridgeline ?

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    You're stronger than I am, Paul. :D I have...

    You're stronger than I am, Paul. :D

    I have purposely tightened my suspension as much as possible (serious grunting and pulling) to the point where the angle from the tree looked close to zero,...
  27. Thread: Kijaro jungle net

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    I think the mesh would be flexible enough to work...

    I think the mesh would be flexible enough to work with a slightly longer hammock ridgeline. I wonder about the height of the ports for the hammock rope, though, and how high you'd need to hang a...
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    Two feet down the middle still avoids a ridgeline...

    Two feet down the middle still avoids a ridgeline seam that might possibly be stressed, though I wouldn't worry much about it. Seal the seams well, and you'll get years of use out of the tarp before...
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    I've used 3 or 4 different types, and none of...

    I've used 3 or 4 different types, and none of them have damaged silnylon or cuben tarps. They may slide on sil. If the tarp edge is hemmed they usually stop at the hem. Some people have suggested...
  30. Thread: Night sounds?

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    See how many great responses this topic elicits? ...

    See how many great responses this topic elicits? You're normal, and we're all normal, too (well, except for one or two, but you'll hear them coming.;))
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    I suggest taking a minimalist approach. Sew good...

    I suggest taking a minimalist approach. Sew good tieout points at the four corners, then use moveable tarp grips for ridgeline and side tieouts. Use it for a season or two, and then maybe sew on...
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    I think Grizzly Adams showed how to use a dowel...

    I think Grizzly Adams showed how to use a dowel rod inside the handle of the Komperdell cork models in one of his videos. There was a small cork plug in the end that came out when he pushed a dowel...
  33. Thread: Zippers

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    I use #3 coil zippers for interchangeable hammock...

    I use #3 coil zippers for interchangeable hammock tops (bug net or fabric cover) because coil zippers are "separating" - they come without sliders on them. You have to get the sliders on at least...
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    It was a March trip here in West Virginia that...

    It was a March trip here in West Virginia that motivated me to make an insulated dog hammock. All it took was having a cold, wet dog climbing into my hammock with me. All dogs are different though,...
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    Welcome, Fraser! Trees are indeed our friends.

    Welcome, Fraser! Trees are indeed our friends.
  36. Thread: Hi from Norway

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    Welcome, Eiler! We benefit with increase in our...

    Welcome, Eiler! We benefit with increase in our international perspective.
  37. Thread: Great book

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    The great book on hammock camping was "Hammock...

    The great book on hammock camping was "Hammock Camping" by Ed Speer. Sadly it is a bit out of date.
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    Bump. I'd like to hear from the vendors who...

    Bump. I'd like to hear from the vendors who offer diamond weave fabrics. At least one has said "they're stronger". What's your source? Personal testing, somebody else's published tests? Do they...
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    One argument pro is the availability of TeeDee's...

    One argument pro is the availability of TeeDee's very fine set of instructions with illustrations. There's another nice thread by animalcontrol, too.
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    Scotty, that's interesting. Do you think it...

    Scotty, that's interesting. Do you think it actually has diamond ripstop threads, or is the pattern produced by the weave in the warp and weft?
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    They aren't. That's why I like RSGary's "real...

    They aren't. That's why I like RSGary's "real world review" better.
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    I do sometimes. You can get a feeling for how...

    I do sometimes. You can get a feeling for how much condensation you're likely to have. If it remains water vapor it passes right through. In very cold weather I put another piece of fabric over my...
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    Boston, there don't appear to be any diagonal...

    Boston, there don't appear to be any diagonal threads at all. Warp and weft is all there are. I'm waiting to hear the source for those claims that this weave is stronger. It may be, but I'm curious...
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    Yes, this did come up before, and I tried some of...

    Yes, this did come up before, and I tried some of the Dritz Stitch Witchery fusible bonding tape with a MonoKote sealing iron. In fact I used it the other day to hold some small webbing...
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    I have happily used cheap straps with Dutch clips...

    I have happily used cheap straps with Dutch clips for years, with toggles and MSHs to attach the whoopie from the hammock, so I'm used to "noticing" (not "inspecting") how various parts are holding...
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    IK_, my evidence is purely anecdotal, so you're...

    IK_, my evidence is purely anecdotal, so you're right to question my implied conclusion that kevlar will stand up to UV exposure somewhat. In recent storage it has only seen sunshine through the...
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    Diamond weave fabrics - how do they help?

    I recently purchased some diamond weave fabric, and I was surprised to find how much it stretches on the bias. I'm not going to identify the source or even the material because I'm just interested...
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    Someone asked me about UV degradation. I have 120...

    Someone asked me about UV degradation. I have 120 lb. test kevlar cord that I bought 30 years ago to use with large 2-line stunt kites, and after using it for that for years I took advantage of...
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    How's it perform with adutchable clips, cinch...

    How's it perform with adutchable clips, cinch buckles, and suchlike? Any slippage? What kind of thread would you sew it with?
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    Thanks. I may try one. I also use my small 30W...

    Thanks. I may try one. I also use my small 30W soldering iron to make tiny spotwelds to hold two pieces of fabric together before sewing. There are occasionally times when this technique is better...
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