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    One thing you may want to consider is tapering...

    One thing you may want to consider is tapering the ends on a full length underquilt. The ends of the hammock taper down, why not the underquilt. My current full length underquilt is shaped like an...
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    I learned from the instructions at thru-hiker.com...

    I learned from the instructions at thru-hiker.com.
  3. Thread: Tarp Supplies

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    I get a lot of stuff from Outdoor Wilderness...

    I get a lot of stuff from Outdoor Wilderness Fabric. Good prices, nice people and fast shipping.
  4. Thread: Type of whip

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    You can always redo the whipping if it is not...

    You can always redo the whipping if it is not right. One advantage of doing two types of whipping is you can switch head and foot ends and try something different . . . W on the head end and regular...
  5. This is exactly how I made my underquilt . . ....

    This is exactly how I made my underquilt . . . same insulation too.
  6. Thread: School a newb

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    More information on some of your questions can be...

    More information on some of your questions can be found on Ed Speer's site.
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    I would think little to none as long as you are...

    I would think little to none as long as you are not rougher than normal usage on your gear.
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    Here are the HF instructions for a Kick Ass Quilt...

    Here are the HF instructions for a Kick *** Quilt. Scroll almost to the end. Part 6 is how to do the quilting loops.
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    This is an all-too-often conversation in my...

    This is an all-too-often conversation in my house.

    Wife: "What is it that I call your hammock?"

    Me: (sigh) "Bear burrito."
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    Have you tried tttrailgear.com...

    Have you tried tttrailgear.com?
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    My tarp is 11x10. Works well for one person and...

    My tarp is 11x10. Works well for one person and could be used for two, but the coverage would be tight-ish in my mind. The weight of my tarp is ~ 19 ounces with guy lines and snake skins.

    If I...
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    5 ounce climashield is very easy to work with and...

    5 ounce climashield is very easy to work with and will get you down to 30 degrees with no problem.
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    Darting a quilt is not all that difficult. It...

    Darting a quilt is not all that difficult. It just takes a bit longer in the construction. It also gives you a bit better fit on the hammock . . . no gaps and cold spots. Also, if you make the head...
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    Do you sew? Arrowhead equipment...

    Do you sew? Arrowhead equipment can get you polyester webbing and amsteel for good prices. This should get you going on suspension and a ridgeline for less than your budget.
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    In general, Climashield is a better choice for...

    In general, Climashield is a better choice for large panel projects like quilts as it holds up a little better than Primaloft. There are some that just sew around the perimeter and seem to do fine. ...
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    I have Climashield gear. The new Apex stuff is...

    I have Climashield gear. The new Apex stuff is much more uniform than other Climashield products like XP. Climashield Apex has a kind of a scrim-like material bonded onto it both top and bottom. I...
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    I'm 5' 7' as well. My current hammock is...

    I'm 5' 7' as well. My current hammock is Knotty's gathered end hammock. I started with 11' of fabric then hemmed and gathered. Very comfy. My previous hammock was 9' and is too short. So...
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    Good videos. I use both knots a lot but never...

    Good videos. I use both knots a lot but never equated the lark's head to the square knot. Thanks.
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    My ideal category 2 kit would include one item . . . a plane ticket.
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    The Green Hammock?

    The Green Hammock?
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    Not that I am any kind of expert, but my concern...

    Not that I am any kind of expert, but my concern would be running the risk of tearing the tarp where you attach the tie out lines.
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    Here is the official Samson rope splicing...

    Here is the official Samson rope splicing instructions as well for amsteel whoopies.

    Doc
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    Hangin' under the Big Top!

    Hangin' under the Big Top!
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    Cool! We were planning on going in about 45...

    Cool! We were planning on going in about 45 minutes. Just another thing to look forward to.
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    Come Washington. We are having a cold summer.

    Come Washington. We are having a cold summer.
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    Could be problem with the amount of sag. Another...

    Could be problem with the amount of sag. Another thing to try is getting the head either higher or lower than the foot end. Play with the set up and see if that helps.
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    Paul from thru-hiker.com wrote an article on a...

    Paul from thru-hiker.com wrote an article on a poncho tarp. His is 5'x8'. There is also a free hood template to download. I used it to make a hooded wind/rain shirt out of momentum 90 ripstop. If...
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    Some people have had problems with condensation...

    Some people have had problems with condensation when using silnylon. All my quilts use 1.1 ounce ripstop.
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    Two of my average steps is 5 feet.

    Two of my average steps is 5 feet.
  30. Thread: Thru-hiker

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    Lots of orders. If you have a question about an...

    Lots of orders. If you have a question about an order, Paul is great to work with. Shoot him an e-mail. I have never had a problem with thru-hiker. Usually ships within a few (3-5) days of...
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    Tip #10...

    Tip #10 from Speer Hammocks states: "If you are between 250 and 350 pounds: use Supplex in 2.5 to 3.5 oz/yd2 weights and 1"-wide polypropylene or polyester webbing straps."
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    I just finished the wind/rain jacket from...

    I just finished the wind/rain jacket from Thru-Hiker using their project kit. This was hard. They sent me Momentum 90 which is like sewing tissue paper compared to nylon. If you want to prototype,...
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    I agree with PuckerFactor about potential...

    I agree with PuckerFactor about potential squishing of the insulation.

    On my recent quilts, I build-in the expected amount of loft into the outer layer of shell material and add that amount of...
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    I am 5' 6" and have an uncomfortable 9 foot...

    I am 5' 6" and have an uncomfortable 9 foot hammock and a wonderful hammock that is about 10 1/2 feet. Both have ridge lines set for 83%"ish" sag. Sometimes a little length goes a long way.

    Doc
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    Very, very cool. :) Doc

    Very, very cool. :)

    Doc
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    Poll: My s-biners are attached to prussiks so that the...

    My s-biners are attached to prussiks so that the position of the tarp can be adjusted up and down the ridgeline over the hammock.
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    Read this thread...

    Read this thread about strength of sewing webbing.
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    Make your longest items first: ridgelines and...

    Make your longest items first: ridgelines and whoopies. Then with the leftovers you can make things like soft shackles and nacrabiners.
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    When I started DIY, I thought that regular 1.1...

    When I started DIY, I thought that regular 1.1 ounce ripstop was hard to work with. I figured I made a BIG mistake trying to sew silnylon. Once you learn to sew silnylon, everything else is a easy....
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    I have a similar bag. For me, I added a small...

    I have a similar bag. For me, I added a small scrap of ripstop to reinforce where the hole would be, added a button hole on the sewing machine and then melted a hole in the middle of that. Pretty...
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    Campmor (http://www.campmor.com/) has a few tarps...

    Campmor has a few tarps that are pretty cheap as well. Check out this tarp on Amazon as well.
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    I've had trouble with junk scissors. The real...

    I've had trouble with junk scissors. The real key is to cut closer to the handle of the scissors where there is more leverage and not down near the tips.
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    Phew! I thought it was going to be the other...

    Phew! I thought it was going to be the other kind. Almost dreaded clicking on the thread.
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    Plus 1.9 ounce ripstop is almost always cheaper...

    Plus 1.9 ounce ripstop is almost always cheaper then 1.1 ounce ripstop. OWF Inc. gives a great price break on orders over 20 yards.
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    For the "cleanest" look, I would use the...

    For the "cleanest" look, I would use the sew-it-then-turn-it-inside-out method. Very professional looking and it saves weight by not needing the grosgrain. I used a slightly modified version of...
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    Open/drawstring foot box for the summer quilt and...

    Open/drawstring foot box for the summer quilt and closed for the winter quilt. I have one of each in climashield. With my drawstring quilt, you can really feel the cooler air coming in. I made this...
  47. Thread: Going Solo?

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    You could always try valerian. It is a mild...

    You could always try valerian. It is a mild herbal sedative that is not habit-forming. You can still wake up if you need to, but it helps you get to sleep. Just get the standardized formula so you...
  48. Thread: Did it again!

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    Sounds like a good "problem" to have. :)

    Sounds like a good "problem" to have. :)
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    What kind of directions did you use for the wood...

    What kind of directions did you use for the wood stove?
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    I know you said no metal, but descender rings are...

    I know you said no metal, but descender rings are SO easy to adjust length of webbing and sag. I found these harder to get just right in the beginning. Using rings allows you to dial in the hang...
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