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    That's amazing! Sent from my Pixel 2 using...

    That's amazing!

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    Quite a few people use 1/2" mule tape. I've...

    Quite a few people use 1/2" mule tape. I've forgotten the strength specs on that, but I don't recall anyone having a failure

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    The community generally accepts the 1" minimum...

    The community generally accepts the 1" minimum width as the standard to protect the trees, whether real or perceived.

    Strength of the webbing is to protect the hanger. What is the breaking...
  4. You can "store" them in my closet [emoji12] ...

    You can "store" them in my closet [emoji12]

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  5. Shug for the WIN! [emoji16] Sent from my Pixel...

    Shug for the WIN! [emoji16]

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    Some feel that the sewn seam is uncomfortable to...

    Some feel that the sewn seam is uncomfortable to lay on.

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    Me too! The two tapered ends meet in the middle...

    Me too! The two tapered ends meet in the middle of my CL's.

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    Yep, looks like two tapered ends of either too...

    Yep, looks like two tapered ends of either too short of a bury or a bury not locked.
    I don't believe the Whoopie hook had anything to do with it.

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    Like Gargoyle said! Sent from my Pixel 2...

    Like Gargoyle said!

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  10. I just loop around the tree and pass the end...

    I just loop around the tree and pass the end through the loop on one end of the tree strap. Done.

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    I never had a problem with mine using both 7/64...

    I never had a problem with mine using both 7/64 Amsteel or Dynaglide. Been using Whoopie Hooks since they first came out.

    However, I have heard of rare reports that a bit of burr has been found on...
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    I have a zero degree UGQ top quilt and it is an...

    I have a zero degree UGQ top quilt and it is an awesome sight to behold, not to mention to sleep in!

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    I do that often. Sent from my Pixel 2 using...

    I do that often.

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    I tend to shy away from looping rope onto rope as...

    I tend to shy away from looping rope onto rope as that makes for very tight turning radius. Theoretically that weakens the rope, but it may not make a practical difference when using 7/64 Amsteel or...
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    The only thing an underquilt does is keep you...

    The only thing an underquilt does is keep you warm in the most comfortable way. Other than that, it has no affect on how you use your hammock.

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    I find less calf ridge with stiffer fabrics,...

    I find less calf ridge with stiffer fabrics, regardless of how many layers. Stretchy hammocks give me the most calf ridge.

    BTW, I like 56" wide,11' long hammocks. I'm 6'-1" and just shy of 200#.
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    I never stake out my hammocks. Sent from my...

    I never stake out my hammocks.

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    Definitely everything! Sent from my Pixel 2...

    Definitely everything!

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  19. Thread: DOWN QUESTION

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    Keep in mind that fill power ratings are...

    Keep in mind that fill power ratings are laboratory measurements under ideal conditions. It's been my experience that real world numbers, at least in the humid eastern USA, are 10%-15% lower,...
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    An option is to sew a standing French seam, then...

    An option is to sew a standing French seam, then fold it over and sew it down.

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    Great advice from da man! Good use of scraps! ...

    Great advice from da man! Good use of scraps!

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  22. Snake skins make a huge difference when setting...

    Snake skins make a huge difference when setting up in high winds. Tarp doors earn their weight when orienting parallel to the wind.

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    I use an 11' HammockGear standard DCF with doors...

    I use an 11' HammockGear standard DCF with doors over my 11' gathered end hammocks. Works like a charm.

    I switch to an 11' silpoly super wide tarp only for windy, frigid weather when when wind...
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    I always sleep on my side, whether in bed or...

    I always sleep on my side, whether in bed or hammock. I have a simple gathered end, 11' long by 54" wide. I cut a slight curve on the foot end such that the centerline is 3" longer than the edges. I...
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    For a zippered bugnet, I favor an asymmetrical...

    For a zippered bugnet, I favor an asymmetrical design. I've tried both.
    For a net less or fronkey style separate net, then, symmetrical is better, more versatile for me.
    I don't like zippered...
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    I love going net-less. To me, one advantage of...

    I love going net-less. To me, one advantage of hammocks is the feeling of floating free of encumbrances. No net and no tarp add to that sensation. Also, I make my hammocks only 54" wide for more...
  27. I made hammocks of both 1.7oz MTN and Monolite....

    I made hammocks of both 1.7oz MTN and Monolite. On the trail, I use 1.7oz MTN due to its bullet proof strength, stiffness, and total lack of calf ridge. I use the Monolite lounging in the yard on...
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    This hang was a blast due to the friendly...

    This hang was a blast due to the friendly hospitality and outstanding food! I had many entertaining & enlightening conversations around the cooler, since it was too hot for a fire.
    I slept in my...
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    For 8" diameter loop, start with 36" of Amsteel...

    For 8" diameter loop, start with 36" of Amsteel and make the buries 6" each, including taper.

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    I had planned on making it today but things got...

    I had planned on making it today but things got busy. I'll see you in the morning. By the way my site is number 69 and I registered for two but my wife's not coming. If anybody needs extra room, feel...
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    Very sorry to hear that, Megan. Your family is in...

    Very sorry to hear that, Megan. Your family is in my prayers!

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    I have room. My wife is going to Florida that...

    I have room. My wife is going to Florida that weekend. My site is #69.

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  33. Great review / comparison of smaller to larger...

    Great review / comparison of smaller to larger tarps! I have a large winter tarp for New England which is more of a bomb shelter for winter storms in freezing weather. But it is heavy and I look...
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    I do change into a fresh, lightweight wool tee...

    I do change into a fresh, lightweight wool tee shirt after sponge bath & before dinner. I'll keep that shirt separate for use on the remaining nights. I also keep a separate pair of sleep socks.
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    What carrier (inert ingredients) does Martin's...

    What carrier (inert ingredients) does Martin's use compared to Sawyer. I've heard some use petroleum base, ect. I've been afraid to deviate from Sawyer's safe ingredients, even though it's more...
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    I would use a single strand. I find that...

    I would use a single strand. I find that suspensions made of 100% shock cord are too stretchy.

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    My lines always stay attached to the tarp. I...

    My lines always stay attached to the tarp. I simply Marlin spike the free end on to the stake.

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    Sew both sides with the zipper closed. The cut...

    Sew both sides with the zipper closed. The cut the netting between the sewn lines.

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    cmoulder nailed it. Sent from my Pixel 2...

    cmoulder nailed it.

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    I could see Monolite used as a top cover in cold...

    I could see Monolite used as a top cover in cold weather. It would be breathable, which would help with condensation, but would perhaps hold in a little heat and block wind enough. Hmmmm....

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    Monolite packs up significantly more bulky than...

    Monolite packs up significantly more bulky than nylons of the same weight. It's great for a summer hammock in hot steamy weather with no underquilt. (treated with permithrin, by the way). But my...
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    You don't have to treat it differently. That...

    You don't have to treat it differently.
    That said, my preference is a single skin. First, I tuck & secure the doors, making a hex. Then I roll the tarp from one corner, pulling the skin on as I...
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    The only disadvantage of a 12 foot is if you have...

    The only disadvantage of a 12 foot is if you have a very short distance between trees. The minimum distance between trees is generally set by the tarp, not the hammock. Even a hammock with Whoopie...
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    Always in a hammock in the Whites. In fact, that...

    Always in a hammock in the Whites. In fact, that is what tipped me away from tents. There's no place to pitch them, except a few controlled spots, which are tent platforms. You can hammock camp...
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    The hammock is still more comfortable than a...

    The hammock is still more comfortable than a tent, even for prolonged periods. But you don't have to lay in the hammock. Fold the hammock, such that the side seams are together, and sit with the...
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    You need about 25' of Amsteel to make two 6'...

    You need about 25' of Amsteel to make two 6' whoopies and you need about 3' for each continuous loop.

    Zing-it, Lash-it and 1.75 UMHWPE is all the same except for color.

    Use 100% polyester...
  47. Have fun out there this weekend! Wish I could...

    Have fun out there this weekend! Wish I could make it, but I'm away visiting the kids in Florida.

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    I like the single. I've used both. I roll my tarp...

    I like the single. I've used both. I roll my tarp from one corner & slide the snakeskin on as I go.

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    Monolite cuts & sews up very nicely. It's a well...

    Monolite cuts & sews up very nicely. It's a well behaved fabric. I made two hammocks but, sadly, haven't had time to spend the night in one. I anticipate that Monolite will be great for hot, humid...
  50. Get a nice long eye bolt and back it out slightly...

    Get a nice long eye bolt and back it out slightly each year so it doesn't get covered. Remove it if you ever leave. Nothing worse than someone finding it with a chainsaw, after your gone.

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