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    My best advice would be to point out that any...

    My best advice would be to point out that any hammock, no matter the price, is a piece of fabric with rope at the ends. Make your own first. DIY is as much of a reward as the hang.
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    I was hanging in a state park down in...

    I was hanging in a state park down in Mississippi. It was late afternoon, I was alone and lovin' it. Out of nowhere three huge, burly guys walk up on my camp. FREAKED ME OUT! They start poking around...
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    +1 to Fish. The tarp and quilts are the hardest...

    +1 to Fish. The tarp and quilts are the hardest to DIY. $300 is a drop in the bucket to what you will spend if you get the fever:D The setup for my first hang cost me about $30. (1.1 ripstop from the...
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    I think it's more of the 'New car phenomena'....

    I think it's more of the 'New car phenomena'. When you buy one you see it everywhere. As a child of the seventies I grew up on Gilligans Island reruns, so of course I wanted a hammock in my room. The...
  5. Thread: Avatar Hammock

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    If your head was at a bridge end your feet would...

    If your head was at a bridge end your feet would be raised, right? Seems like the other direction would be more logical. Eliminates the need for a pillow. I've allways seen a bridge hammock as like...
  6. Thread: toggles

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    alot of threads on this. Dual use is a great...

    alot of threads on this. Dual use is a great place to start on all DIY if you are a hiker. I carry two military green matchstick holders. Perfect as toggles. One is dedicated to fire (filled with...
  7. Nice pics! Brings back memories, I wish I could...

    Nice pics! Brings back memories, I wish I could say fond ones. In the modern navy only an officer would have that space and oportunity to even consider a hammock. Given the choice I think I would...
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    Does Mother Nature have room for one more? I'm...

    Does Mother Nature have room for one more? I'm game. JD, are you going stealth in "Germany"?
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    Hello from Chattanooga!

    Hello from Chattanooga!
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    Free samples are perfect for hiking

    It takes little effort to google search the item you want + free sample. I've gotten 12 different packets of instant coffee, multiple tea samples. Lotion, bug repelent. Pain relief packets. I just...
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    No worries! You can hang under the lander!:D

    No worries! You can hang under the lander!:D
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    Welcome from TN! Congrats on being in the right...

    Welcome from TN! Congrats on being in the right place to lose 25lbs off of that pack and get the best nights sleep of your life. If you are unsure, you can make a gathered end hammock out of a sheet...
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    WOW! If he sniffed my dogs butt, she would turn...

    WOW! If he sniffed my dogs butt, she would turn inside out!
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    my favorite pic on this subject. Originaly posted...

    my favorite pic on this subject. Originaly posted by WV? Didn't notice it on the thread. Sorry if it's a repeat.
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    I hate to say it, but I have seen this technique...

    I hate to say it, but I have seen this technique in action... and work. But keep in mind it's like using a Puppy or a baby to pick up chicks! "With great power comes great responsibility." :lol:
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    All of you do not know how lucky you are to have...

    All of you do not know how lucky you are to have a mother in law. I had two mothers in law, one wife! :lol: I'm not kiddin'.
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    Welcome from Tennessee, USA! I think you'll find...

    Welcome from Tennessee, USA! I think you'll find that the choices narrow...somewhat:) This stuff upgrades as fast as an Ipad:lol:
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    Gotta love TN! Lots of trees and little flat...

    Gotta love TN! Lots of trees and little flat ground. Perfect place to hang out:D
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    bring your credit card :lol:

    bring your credit card :lol:
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    Bravo Dutch! To Xristos. The bury is the hard...

    Bravo Dutch!

    To Xristos. The bury is the hard part. Keep at it:)
  21. Thread: DIYers in Denial

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    I'm about to make yet another DIY hammock. If...

    I'm about to make yet another DIY hammock. If this is the culmination of the time and materials of all the others, this is a $10,000 hammock! Will post of Ebay!:lol:

    This does bring to mind my...
  22. Thread: Toggles??

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    I use waterproof plastic matchstick tubes. They...

    I use waterproof plastic matchstick tubes. They sell the orange ones at walmart.
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    Sounds like you sank and didn't snap? That would...

    Sounds like you sank and didn't snap? That would be your materials. Check the tensil strength of everything.
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    Welcome from TN! Your wife will be pleasantly...

    Welcome from TN! Your wife will be pleasantly surprised because your first hammock can be made for next to free. It's the cost of all the follow up perfecting that she might not like;)
  25. +1 double layer. If you happen to buy a big...

    +1 double layer. If you happen to buy a big screen TV. they are wraped in a wonderful closed cell foam, very thin. Best Buy will give you the stuff if you ask.
  26. Thread: Knots?

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    Ashleys Book of Knots (ABOK), is not mentioned...

    Ashleys Book of Knots (ABOK), is not mentioned enough. Although you can find the basic stuff online, this is a compendium of every knot. Decorative knots can make you money so the book ($100) pays...
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    [QUOTE=crashvandicoot;743565] I'll probably look...

    [QUOTE=crashvandicoot;743565]
    I'll probably look to get a legit needle for any future splicing projects.QUOTE]

    Try some thin wire from hobby lobby. The beading stuff. Use about 14'' and fold in...
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    Again no UV. I once faded a silny tarp in a week....

    Again no UV. I once faded a silny tarp in a week. I was experimenting and left it up 24/7. It was still ok but visualy damaged.
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    welcome from Dayton TN. You are in for a treat!...

    welcome from Dayton TN. You are in for a treat! Remember DIY labor is free. Materials not so much. Hanging from your very own expensive DIY project is priceless!
  30. Thread: First Real Build

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    Back in the day, skipping the experimentation...

    Back in the day, skipping the experimentation stage wasn't an option. This site is such a wealth of info, I would go straight for quality. You will not regret it. Amsteel and ripstop aplenty can be...
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    Sticky: Grok

    Robert Heinlien wrote a beautiful book. "Stranger in a Strange Land". To 'GROK' is to know something entirely. To know something on a micro googleplex. Grok is nothing I will ever be but I strive...
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    hammocks sighting!

    I went back to college last year. The school is next to riverfront property that has a 5 mile bike path into downtown Chattanooga. Five miles of park. A few months ago I noticed a hammock between two...
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    Newton happened to stand under an apple tree. If...

    Newton happened to stand under an apple tree. If you are a DYI hammocker we have all discovered the same principle. Like the day I figured out that 550 cord stretches:P No thud but I sat on the...
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    hello from Tennessee! sorry I don't have an...

    hello from Tennessee! sorry I don't have an accent:)
  35. Thread: Pee Bottle

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    Brilliant! Hiking in 3011... Why cary food or...

    Brilliant! Hiking in 3011... Why cary food or water when you can drink pee and eat poo! Muah Deeb! or how ever you spell it:)
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    At the cost of my pride... yes. my first hammock...

    At the cost of my pride... yes. my first hammock was a DIY hennessy. All i had to go by were a few photos online. It was my first project and it was beautiful! had a slit in the bottom with velcro to...
  37. Thread: Pee Bottle

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    Amazing! I believe this post has been alive for a...

    Amazing! I believe this post has been alive for a year now. It originaly started with using a pee bottle to stay warm. That made some sense. Although my argument was that as it cooled it would draw...
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    thanks Rambinrev.

    thanks Rambinrev.
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    sorry I can't figure out this crazy scanner and...

    sorry I can't figure out this crazy scanner and this web site no longer exists. I will post these on a main thread at a later point. It's not much. I found this 8 years ago?
  40. Thread: Hello from Tn!

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    I am just up the road from you and have at least...

    I am just up the road from you and have at least one blonde... I mean fond memory of maryville. Give me a shout when you are back on your feet. Welcome to the forum:D
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    I recently dissmantled an old ripstop that i diy...

    I recently dissmantled an old ripstop that i diy silcoated. after two years of use the seams were noticably darker... uv damage. Got my moneys worth though:)
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    nice... simple. I've seen a couple of designs...

    nice... simple. I've seen a couple of designs here. I've been thinking about making one. my trees in the yard are a little awkward to hang from. I like to DIY so a hammock stand is like a manaquin...
  43. Thread: DIY cost?

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    I love this topic. There is an arc in the graph....

    I love this topic. There is an arc in the graph. Diy to cost ratio. fun vs. time etc.

    My first hammock was made from $12 of rip stop. $5 of rope. I went fancy and bought a military surplus bugnet...
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    Dutch, you just threw the weight of a...

    Dutch, you just threw the weight of a tent/hammock out the window. Double duty cuts the weight in half! you are not carrying a backpack and a hammock, you are carrying your gear and sleeping in your...
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    My all time favorite hammock photo! Thanks...

    My all time favorite hammock photo! Thanks Bomber:D
  46. Thread: DIY fun vs. money

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    I was a journalist so I refuse to spell...

    I was a journalist so I refuse to spell correctly:D
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    I wish I knew the thread. Someone show the pics...

    I wish I knew the thread. Someone show the pics of the dog hammock underneath the human hammock. it is brilliant!!!!!!!
  48. Thread: DIY fun vs. money

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    DIY fun vs. money

    I made a DIY heini about seven years ago. It has a lid from a 1930's milkshaker (alluminum). I loved it for the DIY. I have only used it a couple of times. It's very hard to clean and then there is...
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    some that I have used. If I have seen further...

    some that I have used.

    If I have seen further it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.
    -Isaac Newton-

    The sky is brain colored and the thunder sounds like something thinking of...
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    I will make the guess that you'll love the...

    I will make the guess that you'll love the change. If you are a little timid about spending the money just to try it out, you can make what is called a 'gathered end hammock' out of something as...
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