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  1. I like to have my right side (head left, feet...

    I like to have my right side (head left, feet right) to the wind. That way I can still have porch mode and block wind/rain. Of course the wind changes and swirls around so it almost doesn't matter....
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    And if I needed another reminder, Northern MI...

    And if I needed another reminder, Northern MI weather service just posted this on FB:

    8 AM temperatures (January 22):
    Traverse City, MI : 32
    Sault Ste. Marie, MI: 33

    Ocala, FL (~60 mi NW of...
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    Yea I plan on eyeballing it. For aesthetics I...

    Yea I plan on eyeballing it. For aesthetics I think I'll lightly mark a straight line to follow just in case. Looking forward to trying this. Easy straight sewing like you said.
  4. SOOO important for bigger tarps/doors. Especially...

    SOOO important for bigger tarps/doors. Especially if they have velcro or snaps. I found this out with my SLD Winter Haven. The doors were impossible to snap shut...then I realized I had to close them...
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    Here we go again. Mid-30s for highs, only...

    Here we go again. Mid-30s for highs, only mid-upper 20s for lows. I'm getting so sick of this wet warm crap!!!

    I guess I need to go south as I look at some of my "favorites" marked in the weather...
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    For sure! All my stuff is black...like...

    For sure! All my stuff is black...like EVERYTHING. Digging black gloves, hats, accessories out of a black backpack is just getting annoying. Time to mix it up, at least a little.
  7. Yeah I won't even bother hanging on a sappy tree.

    Yeah I won't even bother hanging on a sappy tree.
  8. Just another though...and I can't believe my OCD...

    Just another though...and I can't believe my OCD lets me get away with this. But I just put one strap in wadded up in one end of the sack, then hammock, then other strap. I never noticed the hammock...
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    The Blackbird is a classic. Hard to beat IMO. I'm...

    The Blackbird is a classic. Hard to beat IMO. I'm 5'9 and do well with the standard 10'. A bonus is always being surprised at all the "extra space" under the tarp. It does make a difference, but...
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    None of the hammocks I had were anything special....

    None of the hammocks I had were anything special. Just the "83% rule" on ridgeline length. Either lash-it or amsteel. I'm sure I won't be reinventing the wheel by sticking with that.
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    I think I'll just use the existing fixed line...

    I think I'll just use the existing fixed line since that hammock is now scrapped. Like I said, if it worked on all those other hammocks with various materials, it should be fine on this one. I'm...
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    On a related note, I just noticed in 90% of the...

    On a related note, I just noticed in 90% of the sewing how-to videos on youtube people have a British accent.
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    If I measure the old one, should I add maybe...

    If I measure the old one, should I add maybe subtract a half inch? Or did the hammock material likely also stretch, negating the whole issue?
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    An absolute miserable winter so far. I've been...

    An absolute miserable winter so far. I've been complaining about it since 2015 now? I forget. Sure there are cold days, but it's a roller coaster and above average in general. Every trip so far has...
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    Great info in this old thread! I'm making a...

    Great info in this old thread! I'm making a hammock this weekend and don't want to screw it up. I'm glad someone posted about the foot pressure; I was increasing it thinking a thinner fabric needed...
  16. Here's a pic of my first night setup. Slept...

    Here's a pic of my first night setup. Slept great!! Perfect height, angles, everything. Just fits on the patio as well without an inch to spare, but wouldn't be a big deal to put into that pine duff...
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    Slept out in the back yard last night since I put...

    Slept out in the back yard last night since I put together the DIY bipod stand here. Awesome!!!

    Forecast said 15, my thermometer said 24, accuweather said 19 and weather channel said 24. I've...
  18. I just set this up to sleep out back tonight. 15...

    I just set this up to sleep out back tonight. 15 and calm tonight so I'm using the Mamajamba tarp. The 11' tarp fits really nice, so I think I'll eventually add a few inches to the top rail to let...
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    Well, I've been known to sell gear and repurchase...

    Well, I've been known to sell gear and repurchase the same thing just to change colors...so it's pretty bad :)
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    Here's another thing I really wanted to make. A...

    Here's another thing I really wanted to make. A sheath for my Silky saws. They either come with nothing, or a big plastic case. So I would always carry mine in an old sock. Not 100% necessary, but...
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    Normally I like having options, but everything...

    Normally I like having options, but everything I've ever used (about 10 hammocks over 8 years) had a fixed and it was perfect. I don't wanna start messing with stuff now.
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    First attempt at splicing zing-it

    I am making my own hammock soon, so I need a fixed ridgeline. Instead of my usual "find somewhere to buy one" attitude, I decided to look into this splicing thing. I didn't even know what "splicing"...
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    I just got these yesterday:...

    I just got these yesterday: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FZVH8RN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00

    WOW! Break-your-finger-strength (if they opened big enough to get a finger in!) Perfect...
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    I considered this but went with HyperD 1.6 for my...

    I considered this but went with HyperD 1.6 for my first DIY hammock. I LOVE the Argon 1.6 hammocks I have, but figured I'd try something else...not really sure why.

    I hope I made a good decision....
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    First DIY hammock

    I just tore 3 holes in my favorite hammock (10.5' Argon 1.6) while building a bipod stand. Stupid me dropped a piece of pipe and that rough edge just tore it up when hitting the ground. It's an area...
  26. Following my usual DIY protocol, no project would...

    Following my usual DIY protocol, no project would be complete without me first destroying something, setting things on fire or losing some blood.

    So after loading up the pipe for this project and...
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    Never would have guessed. Thanks for mentioning...

    Never would have guessed. Thanks for mentioning that. It was an old machine from my aunt that did a ton of quilting, so it could have been well used by this point.
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    I may take them once I see how big they are. In...

    I may take them once I see how big they are. In the meantime, I plan on using these mini pins in the hot tent. I think mine are actually even smaller though.
    ...
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    These are expensive but nice....

    These are expensive but nice. https://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Research-Airpurge-Compression-Pewter/dp/B00ATNIBCC

    There are several sizes. I had one but never used it so I eventually sold it....
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    Thanks! I do have a big bag of clips on...

    Thanks! I do have a big bag of clips on order...something crazy like 90 pieces but it was cheap. Maybe I'll find other uses for them too.

    I think I'm confident enough to keep moving forward, but...
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    Yeah those two come up a lot when searching...for...

    Yeah those two come up a lot when searching...for good reason! I like the snappy "pop" sound the needle makes thru this fabric. I think I'm going to make a hammock next just for fun; I only have...
  32. Green or white? I'm thinking green so it looks...

    Green or white? I'm thinking green so it looks less dirty after some use?

    Hate to be critical, but I think that side pullout patch could have used a little more love. Possibly a beta version? Wish...
  33. Parts shipped a day late so they're arriving...

    Parts shipped a day late so they're arriving today. Got the pipe earlier this week...only an inch or two to spare!!!

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/n2vaq8jqpf165ph/fence_rail.jpg
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    Totally made it up as I went. It would have been...

    Totally made it up as I went. It would have been a few inches longer but I messed up a couple times and had to trim off the top to start over. It ended up being a pretty good size for down jackets or...
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    Much better with a square bottom! ...

    Much better with a square bottom!

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/fy6cyaj9kt3sl8g/stuffsack3.jpg
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    That can be very painful! I bought 5 tiny tubes...

    That can be very painful! I bought 5 tiny tubes of Aquaphor on ebay cheap. I can sort of refill them too. About the size of my thumb so I keep them in a few different locations (coat pockets,...
  37. I got rid of my DCF tarp after the first trip;...

    I got rid of my DCF tarp after the first trip; didn't like it in general. But the pack size didn't bother me. The DCF stuff sack it was in was so slick, you can just pack everything...then slide it...
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    I'm glad I took an extra propane cylinder on this...

    I'm glad I took an extra propane cylinder on this trip. At -14 the half-used cylinder didn't want to start the stove. "Theoretically" definitely means theoretically when they say propane vaporizes...
  39. 7" coming to camp this weekend! Building up that...

    7" coming to camp this weekend! Building up that base nicely. That'll put us around 16" and looks like the cold has set in.
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    Thanks! Cutting this was a disaster. I thought a...

    Thanks! Cutting this was a disaster. I thought a metal yard stick + razor was clever...total disaster! So I got scissors and that wasn't much better. Ruined a lot of fabric. I'll look into those...
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    First "real" project with sewing machine

    I bought a yard of 1.1 silpoly to mess with and decided to do a stuff sack. I was going to get fancy with a round bottom, but given the mess I made here, I'm glad I skipped that. I think I lost about...
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    Haha I certainly save tissues when out in the...

    Haha I certainly save tissues when out in the woods. At home, I plow thru boxes of tissues so fast.
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    Good old tread! -16F is my record. I woke up...

    Good old tread!

    -16F is my record. I woke up around 8am and it was still only -14. That's well within what I call the "different kind of cold". Runny stuff in your nose freezes with every...
  44. Fence parts arriving Thursday. I'll go get the...

    Fence parts arriving Thursday. I'll go get the pipe tomorrow. Looking forward to sleeping out back! Not sure why I waited so long to get motivated...I'm here alone most of the time so there's nothing...
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    Benadryl could help. Plus, I believe it's the...

    Benadryl could help. Plus, I believe it's the exact same medicine as a sleeping pill believe it or not. So you won't have trouble sleeping!
  46. That's what I was wondering about. I think I'll...

    That's what I was wondering about. I think I'll do something like 8'+4' for a 12' rail. Not too worried about storage because I have more room than I know what to do with. I'll just keep it pretty...
  47. Poll: Someday someone will figure out a popup tarp!...

    Someday someone will figure out a popup tarp! "Built-in" pole mod. Just add lines.

    https://media1.tenor.com/images/7779abf207e1c0dc5b2a0f8b6e2becef/tenor.gif?itemid=14952141

    Just kidding...but...
  48. Thanks, I got the stuff on order and will pick up...

    Thanks, I got the stuff on order and will pick up the pipe this week. I can just fit 10' pipe in my jeep, so that extra 6" will blow the deal and force me to strap them up on the roof. Looking...
  49. I'm surprised to hear about the fire ring! They...

    I'm surprised to hear about the fire ring! They put new camps/markers in a few years ago because too many people were camping in prohibited locations - mostly hammocks right on the water. Yeah, yeah,...
  50. Some mention of the 10.6' top rail working. Would...

    Some mention of the 10.6' top rail working. Would that be OK for my 10.5' hammock? I don't mind if that requires me to be low to the ground. I'd like to get away with a single pole up there.

    Never...
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