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    This is a fair point. But on the other hand it...

    This is a fair point. But on the other hand it can be helpful to gather lots of information upfront too.

    So...I like the peak shelf. I don't actually have one, but I have a home-made gear hammock...
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    Marlinspike hitch in Dyneema?

    Will a marlinspike hitch slip if tied in Dyneema?

    I'm thinking of using a single line of dyneema extending from my tree huggers, and tying a marlinspike in it to connect to the CLs on my hammock....
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    The three most likely culprits: 1. Primary...

    The three most likely culprits:

    1. Primary suspension not tight enough.

    2. Tertiary suspension too tight.

    3. Primary suspension not pulling somewhat UP toward the ridgeline, and instead just...
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    Some random indoor hanging experiences... I...

    Some random indoor hanging experiences...

    I made a 17' hammock out of 1.6 HyperD XL. That was the longest I could fit in my bedroom, and I figured there couldn't be any negative to such a long...
  5. If the becket slips, or is difficult to untie, a...

    If the becket slips, or is difficult to untie, a J-bend might work better.

    Alternatively, you could use a marlin-spike hitch in the amsteel. Hmm, that's an idea I might try myself. I find the...
  6. Thread: Speed Tips

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    I've never rolled a tarp up. I've always just...

    I've never rolled a tarp up. I've always just stuffed it into a double-ended stuff sack. I tried rolling, but it seemed difficult, time-consuming and it created trapped air that made it impossible to...
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    If I need privacy, I get dressed in my hammock....

    If I need privacy, I get dressed in my hammock. Actually lying in it. It's a bit awkward, but not too bad.

    For the "where to put stuff?" question, I make a lot of use of my hammock's ridgeline to...
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    I'm a slackliner as well as a hammocker. ...

    I'm a slackliner as well as a hammocker.

    Slacklines are rigged tight, and then you jump up and down on them. The forces must be immense compared to lounging in a hammock at 30 deg. I've never had...
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    Thanks, that's really useful data. I've always...

    Thanks, that's really useful data.

    I've always been a shock-cord guy, but it might be time for a change.
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    I've been thinking of buying a "Wookie-like"...

    I've been thinking of buying a "Wookie-like" Climashield UQ from Simply Light Designs, but then had the bright idea of making one myself.

    And then I had the bright idea of searching Hammock Forums...
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    I'm a new convert to Jellyfish's videos. They are...

    I'm a new convert to Jellyfish's videos. They are super-useful for DIYers.

    If you're "DIY-curious" then get yourself a sewing machine and watch a few videos and start making stuff. It's not that...
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    Thanks for the video. It's useful. I used a...

    Thanks for the video. It's useful.

    I used a marlin-spike since the beginning of my hammocking, but switched to a becket hitch a while ago. But in the last 6 months I've switched back to the...
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    That's exactly it. But UCRs are not much more...

    That's exactly it.

    But UCRs are not much more finicky. If you're the sort of person willing to play with them for a few minutes to understand how they work (and how they might fail) it'll then be...
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    I sew the long seams first, and the end seams...

    I sew the long seams first, and the end seams last. Then, through each end seam I run some thin cord (any cord will do), pull it tight, and tie it off (any knot will do).

    This creates a nice...
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    You need to get the ends closer together. The...

    You need to get the ends closer together. The tarp is the limiting factor. The right end of the tarp looks good; nice and close to the pole. If you make the left-end of the tarp the same, you'll be...
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    Hmmmm. Your tarp will connect to your hammock...

    Hmmmm.

    Your tarp will connect to your hammock suspension at points that are a consistent distance from each end of the hammock.

    My whoopie slings are attached directly to my hammock, with no...
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    By tearing a hole in it, you now have fewer holes...

    By tearing a hole in it, you now have fewer holes in your bug net than you did before.

    Absurdly true, but not useful...
  18. Quite a few splicing links here:...

    Quite a few splicing links here:
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/forumdisplay.php/129-DIY-Stickies

    I read somewhere that bury shrinkage is 20%, and that's the rule of thumb I use, though I've...
  19. I made an underquilt from a fleece blanket for...

    I made an underquilt from a fleece blanket for home use. I whipped the ends of the blanket with some cord, and used some strong shockcord to attach the whipped ends to the hammock suspension.

    The...
  20. raftingtigger, are the poles likely to end up...

    raftingtigger, are the poles likely to end up looking something like this?:

    https://zpacks.com/products/carbon-fiber-staff
    ...
  21. Great review. The benefits of a big tarp are...

    Great review.

    The benefits of a big tarp are obvious, but other than lighter weight, the benefits of a smaller tarp aren't. You make a good case.
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    Could join them with a carabiner. Or a...

    Could join them with a carabiner.

    Or a soft-shackle.

    Or an evo-loop (which is really a kind of easy-to-use, but not-quite-so-secure soft-shackle.)

    Or instead of using the hugger's loop, tie...
  23. I've never had a Becket slip with my dyneema...

    I've never had a Becket slip with my dyneema straps, but I always flatten the part of the straps that will be in the Becket before tying it. I *think* that's the key.

    Sent from my Pixel 3 using...
  24. While I love the simplicity of this, it wouldn't...

    While I love the simplicity of this, it wouldn't work well for me because the ground is so rocky where I camp that I usually have to try 4 or 5 quite different locations for each stake before I can...
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    I'm the odd one out here, cos I leave my...

    I'm the odd one out here, cos I leave my hookworms attached to my tarp. They securely "hook" to the loops of shockcord at each tie-out.

    So I'm using them like tarpworms, but I have the ability to...
  26. I have hookworms that I keep attached to the...

    I have hookworms that I keep attached to the loops of shockcord at my tarp tieouts. They haven't come off so far, and I don't expect them to. The security of the connection might depend on the exact...
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    Yep, they work with any guyline, even the...

    Yep, they work with any guyline, even the thinnest. There might be an upper limit on the size of the cord that will work, but any vaguely lightweight guyline will be ok.
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    I went bigger than the original plan - 18'! A...

    I went bigger than the original plan - 18'! A whole 6 yards of HyperD XL.

    I've slept in it for only one night so far, but it's very comfortable. It seems like it has a massive "sweet spot". I can...
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    I just finished making a medium. It turned out...

    I just finished making a medium. It turned out perfect. It's very satisfying to have gear you've made yourself.

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=174913&d=1558691482...
  30. Yes, it affects the strength. Tapering the ends...

    Yes, it affects the strength. Tapering the ends smoothes out the transition between double-thickness and single-thickness, thus reducing the stress on the rope at that point.

    However, Zingit is...
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    Yes! Sewing a hammock is quick, and not too...

    Yes! Sewing a hammock is quick, and not too expensive, and it's fun to experiment.



    Yep, I used the hammock hang calculator. As far as I can tell, a 15' hammock is no "longer" than an 11'...
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    How big is too big?

    I plan on making a BIG hammock - about 15' by 76" - as my everyday indoors hammock. That's as big as will fit in my bedroom.

    Is this a stupid idea? Can a hammock be TOO big?

    I'm hoping it will...
  33. I'm not Cheryl or Latherdome, but I know the...

    I'm not Cheryl or Latherdome, but I know the answer they've given before; the amsteel UCRs were time-consuming to make and not as intuitive to new users as straps. Also, the fact that they were a...
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    My guylines are about 12', and they're nearly...

    My guylines are about 12', and they're nearly always too long, and it's slightly annoying.

    But when I use "porch mode" I find that 12' is about right. I really like porch mode. So I have a...
  35. I've tried everything. The only thing that works...

    I've tried everything. The only thing that works is a knee pillow.

    It seems like an inelegant hack in comparison to the beautiful simplicity of a gathered-end hammock. But it works.

    When...
  36. I'm interested. The main issue that concerns...

    I'm interested.

    The main issue that concerns me is the ground anchor(s). I live in Australia, and the ground here tends to be very rocky and/or very hard. It's usually difficult to get an...
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    The boring, old, curmudgeonly side of my...

    The boring, old, curmudgeonly side of my personality has been dismissing all this printed-fabrics stuff as a gimmick.

    But then I see this and I get it.

    Also, the long-and-thin proportions of...
  38. Neat splicing work. Could the same thing be...

    Neat splicing work.

    Could the same thing be achieved with an improved soft-shackle larks-headed through the channel? The knot on the improved soft shackle is stronger than the button knot, and...
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    I built a Bic/HikerDad/RSBTR bridge out of Hexon...

    I built a Bic/HikerDad/RSBTR bridge out of Hexon 1.6. I'm not much of a sewer, and it was a challenge, but I really enjoyed the process. I'm still proud of it.

    I slept in it for a few weeks, and...
  40. I think you're basically right. A rectangle of...

    I think you're basically right. A rectangle of fabric is a rectangle of fabric is a rectangle of fabric.

    The main differences are the fabric itself, and the added features - bugnets, saddle bags,...
  41. Definitely a personal preference thing. When I...

    Definitely a personal preference thing. When I get in a hammock I spend about 30 seconds wriggling around finding the sweet spot. I like the slippery fabrics cos they make this process easier. I...
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    I have some Dutch's 1.5 Dyneema straps. They're...

    I have some Dutch's 1.5 Dyneema straps.
    They're very light and very thin.

    The straps gets curled up in at least two places (at the tree end, and at the hammock end) every time you use them. It...
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    I'm in Please send me my anorak right away

    I'm in

    Please send me my anorak right away
  44. I also love the simplicity and ease of the...

    I also love the simplicity and ease of the Fronkey. Zips seem fussy and a hassle to me.
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    Another way of looking at it is that there's no...

    Another way of looking at it is that there's no advantage to threading your loops through a channel compared to larksheading them around whipping.

    When I make hammocks I sew narrow channels at the...
  46. Thanks. The "shallow ground angle" of the...

    Thanks.

    The "shallow ground angle" of the Tensa4 poles means the top of the head end poles don't need staking, but the problem gets transferred to the keeping the bottom of those poles from...
  47. I'm reluctant to do it that way due to the need...

    I'm reluctant to do it that way due to the need for strong anchoring with just one pole. I'm hoping to avoid needing strong anchoring.
  48. How feasible is it to use a tree at the foot end,...

    How feasible is it to use a tree at the foot end, and half a Tensa4 at the head end?

    The issue I foresee is that the base of the poles might slide toward the tree. How easy would that be to...
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    Thanks Dutch! Sent from my Pixel 3 using...

    Thanks Dutch!

    Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
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    I use 36" bars for tandem hangs. These keep us...

    I use 36" bars for tandem hangs. These keep us apart except for the very occasional stray knee or elbow when one of us is shifting around. 32" would also work well, but with a bit more incidental...
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