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    I went hammock camping with my children this past...

    I went hammock camping with my children this past weekend. I let the kids use my two quilts. I used an old sleeping bag. Just zipped the bag 1/3rd the way up and used it just like my quilts. ...
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    I made a lightweight poncho to replace a heavy...

    I made a lightweight poncho to replace a heavy military poncho. Here's a link:

    http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?95929-DIY-Rain-Poncho&highlight=

    Much easier than you might...
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    Awesome. I'm in. Thanks.

    Awesome. I'm in. Thanks.
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    I've made tarps with and without grosgrain in the...

    I've made tarps with and without grosgrain in the ridgeline and the hems. Adding grosgrain to the ridgelline makes the sewing a bit easier (and prettier) IMO, but it's not needed and only adds...
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    I've made tarps with and without grosgrain sewn...

    I've made tarps with and without grosgrain sewn into the hems. After such experiments, I concluded that the grosgrain is not needed and only adds weight.
  6. Thread: Fabric Strength

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    IMO, fabric weight limits are determined by...

    IMO, fabric weight limits are determined by lawyer types and tend to be on the conservative side. I've used homemade hammocks made with materials that were under rated for my big butt and I've never...
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    I'm a big fan of DIY equipment. :-) And you...

    I'm a big fan of DIY equipment. :-)

    And you rocked it! Good work.

    Brian
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    When I shop a Joann's, I always bring my iphone...

    When I shop a Joann's, I always bring my iphone and search Joann's site with the product ID for any bolt that I'm not sure how to identify. The website contains more information about each fabric...
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    When I make stuff sacks, I try to use different...

    When I make stuff sacks, I try to use different colored drawcord and different colored cordlocks. Maybe swapping out your drawcords is an option?
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    The 12' tarp is HUGE - plenty of room for both of...

    The 12' tarp is HUGE - plenty of room for both of us. We sleep bunk style with each person's tree straps adjusted to hang from opposite sides of the tree (i.e. my daughter hung above me, but...
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    Fatherís Day Camping Adventure

    For Fatherís Day, I was lucky enough to go camping with my family. While the rest of the family was in tents, my daughter and I hung bunk style. This is the same cutie that I took backpacking for...
  12. Thread: Pad Questions

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    I took some contact cement and glued a piece of...

    I took some contact cement and glued a piece of grograin to my pad. From this grograin loop, I tie da piece of string onto the hammock suspension. This keeps the pad from sliding down in the middle...
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    I generally don't like to post pictures of my...

    I generally don't like to post pictures of my children on public sites, but I will make an exception in this case because she is just so darn cute. :)
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    My Hammock Gear 12í Winter Palace in Camo

    This weekend I took my daughter on her first backpacking trip. We’ve camped many times before, but this was her first backpacking trip where she had to carry all of her own gear. We had a complete...
  15. Thread: Rough day

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    Life it not fair. :-)

    Life it not fair. :-)
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    I just ponied up for a expensive CF tarp. It ****...

    I just ponied up for a expensive CF tarp. It **** well better be a multi-use item. :-)
  17. Thread: Learning to sew

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    As with most things, there is a learning curve. ...

    As with most things, there is a learning curve. Sewing was intimidating at first, but you'd be amazed at what you can make after your first few hours in front of the machine. Start with a few stuff...
  18. I've done a multi-day biking trip along the C&O...

    I've done a multi-day biking trip along the C&O canal four years in a row now. Mostly south of your planned route, though. In any event, I've never had trouble finding a spot to hang a hammock. ...
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    Thanks. I have several spools of the sew-all...

    Thanks. I have several spools of the sew-all thread and it sews beautifully. But it isn't very strong IMO (you can break it easily with bare hands). To hang my fat *** between two trees, I prefer...
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    All good comments. What is your preferred thread?

    All good comments. What is your preferred thread?
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    Thanks. I looked at the thread holder at...

    Thanks. I looked at the thread holder at JoAnn's. I figured I could make the same thing cheaper. The Acco clip was free and therefore saved me $8.99. Plus it's always more fun with a DIY option,...
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    Thread Injector/Ejector Tips

    I use Gutermann upholstery thread for most of my MYOG projects. The thread is strong, 100% polyester, easy to work with, and readily available in retail outlets. It does require a few adjustments...
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    How do you pronounce Cuben Fiber?

    In honor of Just Jeffís excellent post the other day about newbie questions, Iím going to ask one that Iím sure has been addressed before but I canít seem to find via a web search ÖÖ

    How do you...
  24. Thread: Doormat?

    by diyguy
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    I don't use a stuff sack for my tent stakes. ...

    I don't use a stuff sack for my tent stakes. Instead, I wrap the stakes in a piece of tyvek about 2x3'. This piece of tyvek is useful to lay small stuff on. For me, the tyvek is more to keep...
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    I made a hammock that was about 114 inches long,...

    I made a hammock that was about 114 inches long, before hems. Seems to work just fine for my 10-year old, but a little short for me. Doable for me, but nevertheless a little short. For my...
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    Welcome. My daughter and I hung at Lake Fairfax...

    Welcome. My daughter and I hung at Lake Fairfax just this past weekend! Have fun.
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    Show us your ground tarps!

    Iím considering a purchase of a hammock tarp with four full doors. Iíd love to see pictures of how folks use their hammock tarps in those (hopefully rare) situations that force you to the ground. ...
  28. Thread: Cord Stowing

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    I do the exact same thing but with a ranger band.

    I do the exact same thing but with a ranger band.
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    I've doubled (and trippled) with my kids a number...

    I've doubled (and trippled) with my kids a number of times (just this past weekend even). The trick is to not set the straps to hang dead center from the trees. Instead, have one hammock hang from...
  30. Thread: Free!

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    Mighty kind of ya! My buff is well loved in...

    Mighty kind of ya!

    My buff is well loved in our house -- my wife and kids keep taking it. Sure would be nice to have a second so folks would keep their grubby paws off my stuff! :-)

    Thanks...
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    Love it! Nice work.

    Love it! Nice work.
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    Do you double or triple hang (i.e. two or more...

    Do you double or triple hang (i.e. two or more hammocks under the same tarp)? I do this with my kids (8 & 10) and I can tell you that it's A LOT of fun. In your case, double bunking has an added...
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    My pad doesn't move around side to side as much...

    My pad doesn't move around side to side as much as it slips down towards the middle. I used some contact cement and glue a loop on the end of my pad. From this loop I tied a string to the end of...
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    Besides a longer, fuller, and happier life...

    Besides a longer, fuller, and happier life ....... what are the "official" benefits of donating? I could not find such information on the website. Or do you have to be donating member to access...
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    HTO Clearance Sale

    I saw this on a clearance rack at Hudson Trail Outfitters over the weekend. Please tell me that Iím not the only person who thought this sign was funny.
  36. Thread: The Hammock Tub

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    I bet that is heavy. Is that one layer or two?...

    I bet that is heavy. Is that one layer or two? :-)
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    I'll take the EL mini. Thanks.

    I'll take the EL mini. Thanks.
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    I recently have found myself dreaming about a new...

    I recently have found myself dreaming about a new Ti-Tri Fissure from Trail Designs.

    And a new CF tarp, of course.
  39. Thread: DIY Pack Items

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    I will take the balance for $40

    I will take the balance for $40
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    I have a few Dutch projects and love them all. ...

    I have a few Dutch projects and love them all. For clarity, however, were you referring to the Dutch buckle or the ridgeline biners? Or the Dutch clips?
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    I keep a nerdy spreadsheet with the weights of...

    I keep a nerdy spreadsheet with the weights of all my gear. Per the attached, my suspension totals 151 grams.
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    Three peas in a pod

    *** I wrote this a few weeks ago, but had trouble uploading pictures until now ***

    Good afternoon everyone. Iím new to HF, but not new to hanging or backpacking. Iíve been trying to get my family...
  43. Thread: Dear Santa

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    Dear Santa

    Dear Santa,

    I would love a $500 gift certificate to zpacks this year so I can make a bunch of really cool gear. I've been a very good boy. Thank you. Say hello to Rudolph for me.

    Brian
  44. Thread: Half Doors?

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    Thanks. For clarity, Iím thinking of removing...

    Thanks. For clarity, Iím thinking of removing the dashed area in the following diagram and making the tarp sized to the solid red line only. Ignore the blue lines Ė the blue lines are the dimensions...
  45. Thread: Half Doors?

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    Half Doors?

    Hello everyone.

    Iím currently in the process of making a tarp with 4 doors. My primary objective for including doors is to stop the occasional windblown rain as opposed to stopping cold air. To...
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    My wife always laughs at me because my DIY...

    My wife always laughs at me because my DIY projects usually end up costing more than the commercial versions given all the prototypes, double takes, and tinkering. And when you factor in the time...
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    The other thing I would do is to skip the Velcro...

    The other thing I would do is to skip the Velcro altogether and simply leave a small gap in the hem to feed the whoopiesling into. I like my HUG under the ridgeline. Using a microbiner (such as the...
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    You could potentially make the HUG 18-24 inches...

    You could potentially make the HUG 18-24 inches longer with shockcord hemmed into the foot end to help have it wrap fully around the hammock to stay in place. If I was going to make a second HUG,...
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    I can’t speak to AHE version, but I have a DIY...

    I can’t speak to AHE version, but I have a DIY version made to the dimensions in the Ultimate Hang book. I was surprised by how much coverage it provides. I am very happy with its performance. If...
  50. I velcroed wings on my ridgerest and it works...

    I velcroed wings on my ridgerest and it works really well (I took two ridgerest pads, cut pieces from one and velcroed them on the other). Contact cement worked wonders for attaching the velcro. I...
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