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    Thanks Penfold! It was a really neat area to...

    Thanks Penfold! It was a really neat area to visit.
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    I finally made my stand during the first week of...

    I finally made my stand during the first week of April. I used all the best tips found here, including:

    Galvanized fence top rail, 10 feet long, cut in half,
    Two three-foot wooden dowels inside...
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    multi peice hammock question

    How wide is your fabric? I'm very big (6' 4", 380 or so) and I've always been happy with standard fabric widths.

    I'd suggest you run a hem down each long side, for strength on the edges, tie an...
  4. I like the 60 x 126 from Tableclothsfactory. It's...

    I like the 60 x 126 from Tableclothsfactory. It's plenty big, for me, & I'm 6'4" and pretty heavy. For the bigger hammock, I think I'd try the Knotty mod before cutting it down: running a shock cord...
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    Sticky: What does your HF Screen-name mean?

    My first and middle names are James Robert. I once had the nickname Jim Bob. I spell it with a silent 3 to keep it unique.
  6. Thread: Bananahama

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    Bananahama

    There's a new bike design on Kickstarter that incorporates a hammock:

    Bananahama

    As a long-time member of the Bentrideronline forums, I'm left wondering "Why didn't I think of that?" The...
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    Splicing Questions

    My (splicing) life got a lot easier when I repurposed some knitting supplies found around the house. I use a small knitting needle to open up my Amsteel, before running the fid through. I use (what I...
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    Tie out reinforcement fabric question

    The body is weakest, the rolled or grosgrain hem is stronger and the triangle fabric reinforcement tied into the hem is strongest. As long as the stretch of the fabrics are similar, strength isn't...
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    Soft shackle verse Dutch clip

    I use soft shackles in that way. I like having spares on my suspension and it saves wear and tear on the loops in my straps.
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    First Hang - Ends on ground

    You can use nylon but it's a pain. I had a spool of tubular webbing to use up when I got into this hobby so that's the last thing I upgraded when I could afford it.

    The key is to use the webbing...
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    DIY Trigger Pull

    +1.

    Especially if you haven't sewn the light stuff before. After you settle on a size and cut out the hammock blank, practice on a stuff sack using the leftovers to get your tension and feed rate...
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    DIY Trigger Pull

    Nothing wrong with whipping it before you cut or sew just to check size.
  13. Black on Black DIY hammock with no-see-um netting

    I'd suggest putting together your suspension first. Practice splicing and make some whoopies.

    Then grab your ripstop, and whip up, say, about 12 feet, and try it out. Don't cut or sew anything...
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    Heavy newbie with a Whoopie question

    I've had over 400 lbs in my hammock using (at different times) 7/64 Amsteel UCRs and whoopies. I also tried hanging between trees that were too far apart, so the angle of hang was pretty shallow.
    ...
  15. Thread: DIY blues

    by Jimbo3b
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    DIY blues

    There's a lot of stories here about timing issues due to some fluff or a thread caught in the works. Try servicing it yourself before you give up. There are a lot of manuals, tutorials, and videos...
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    Top Quilt Design Help

    If it were me I wouldn't reinforce it.

    This is not a hammock supporting your weight, or even a tarp flapping in a storm.

    Think about what a failure would look like. If the grosgrain pulls out...
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    Types of Fabric and terminology

    Polyester is the chemistry, taffeta is the weave. Taffeta is a plain weave. So it's polyester vs nylon for the hammock--I like them both. And then taffeta vs ripstop for the type of weave, and again,...
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    I say this every time I get a chance: be careful...

    I say this every time I get a chance: be careful with that ridge line seam so that you don't sew it into the middle of one of the faces.

    I really don't want to talk about why I warn people.
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    Wider webbing like you're talking about would be...

    Wider webbing like you're talking about would be nice for always hanging in the same place in the yard--easier on the trees than 1" webbing.

    If you're talking about the same location all the...
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    Arnoud, 1. When is your event? Did it already...

    Arnoud,

    1. When is your event? Did it already happen?

    2. Somebody bumped the thread I could not find when you first posted. Dejoha's three-person stand has a new write-up on his website. This...
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    I want to make a tarp!

    Regarding the closure on the winter tarp, I always planned to add Velcro or ties. So far just staking the doors shut has worked for me.

    Don't be afraid to go for a shape you really want instead...
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    I want to make a tarp!

    I've made both a hex and the winter dream using the instructions at backwoodsdaydreamer / diygearsupply. I was glad I did the cat cuts because both tarps look pretty sharp.

    I think your planned...
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    DIY Gear Supply Is The Real Deal

    I don't know if a refund is all good or not. It's kind of like the casino letting you have a few quarters out of the one-armed bandit just to keep you playing.

    I find I always recycle my postage...
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    Amsteel - Danger for it is addictive

    It's about $120 for 600 feet of 7/64 at Redden Marine online, maybe less if you Google for Redden discount code. Search their site for Amsteel and they offer both by the foot or by the spool.
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    Amsteel - Danger for it is addictive

    Half the fun of Amsteel is recycling used pieces down. That whoopie is is looking a little stretched where the bury exits, so lets take it apart and make a couple dog bones. My old dog bones are...
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    Amsteel - Danger for it is addictive

    I've seen it elsewhere on this site: it's not an addiction unless you're trying to quit.

    I get Amsteel by the spool. I figure I'll use it sooner or later.
  27. Thread: Newb questions

    by Jimbo3b
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    I got most of my patterns from...

    I got most of my patterns from http://www.backwoodsdaydreamer.com/

    Click on "DIY Guides" and select the product you're interested in building.

    Lots of discussion on oz vs denier in the...
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    The chart can now be found at: PapaSmurf's...

    The chart can now be found at: PapaSmurf's Website The link was buried on the last page of the referenced thread.
  29. Question about a DIY underquilt-type setup

    The best advice is to practice at home. Start either in the back yard or an empty bedroom with the window open. It's nice to have the option of bailing when your bed is right there.

    On my bike...
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    TB, Did you ever get around to making the...

    TB,

    Did you ever get around to making the hammock? What size did you use?
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    I Broke Amsteel 7/64

    I'm pretty heavy--about 370 lbs. I've been dropped in the field twice--both times by situations outside the area of this thread (fisherman's knot slipped, crushed toggle when I used a "found"...
  32. Thread: Webbing....

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    Webbing....

    I went with the 3k strength roll from. Shipperssupplies.com/TieDownWebbing/ I like the safety factor--I'm heavy, Nice stuff to work with. I was worried to would be hard to sew, but it was no problem.
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    Firetruck, I'm not clear on what you're asking. A...

    Firetruck, I'm not clear on what you're asking. A good link to the whipping methods most of us use is at Just Jeff's page: http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeHammock2.html

    In Brute's picture above,...
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    Looking for DIY Suggestions

    I'm 6' 4" and 370. I got into hammocks to go bike touring, which has helped me drop 40 in the past year.

    My first hammocks were double layer with 1.1 and 1.9 layers. They are still rock solid for...
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    Fabric Weight Questions

    Your math appears to be correct. That's how I calculate.

    I can't comment on the strength of the spinnaker cloth. I think that most people wanting to go that light have gone to cuben fiber.

    In...
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    Newbie Question

    Now hold on just a minute here. I'm not getting this.

    You guys change your clothes when you're camping???
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    How much insulation will a GG pad give

    I've got their 1/4 wide pad. I'd say that with lots of clothes on and a good top quilt or sleeping bag I'm toasty at 50*F and I can survive 40. I use it as a 3-season solution when I might need to go...
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    Just killed the wifes sewing machine

    We need at least two at our house just to make sure one is available. Our local repair shop gets kudos for a job well done and demerits for cost and for taking a couple months for even simple...
  39. Thread: Amsteel, pt 2

    by Jimbo3b
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    Amsteel, pt 2

    I've used Amsteel to whip. It works fine but is serious overkill. I've also used very thin kite string and the 1.1 ripstop started ripping there as if the tiny line cut the fabric. Cord strength...
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    1.1 Will work just fine

    Yeah, it'll work. I weigh 370 and I've spent several nights in a hammock made from 1.1 oz. 2nds at Backwoods Daydreamer. Then, while I was climbing out after relaxing in it for a couple of hours one...
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    Yes, 8 yards would serve you well. The extra few...

    Yes, 8 yards would serve you well. The extra few inches would allow you to have slightly bigger doors. Looking at your pattern, I'd suggest using straight sides on the ends, but go with the cat cuts...
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    Three of them, all gathered. You can be hanging...

    Three of them, all gathered. You can be hanging 15 minutes after the mail comes.

    That said, I'll sew an end channel on the next one just to compare. I've done two in ripstop with channels.
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    Seriously, you just gotta post the recipe! Nice...

    Seriously, you just gotta post the recipe! Nice machine, too.
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    This doesn't make sense for something simple that...

    This doesn't make sense for something simple that needs to be stressed (hammock). However, it's the right idea for adapting a more complicated pattern that I'll (hopefully) use many times, like...
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    I think it's safe enough. I weigh about 370...

    I think it's safe enough. I weigh about 370 currently, and I've slept on a pair of 20 kN carabiners used as the spike in a Marlin Spike Hitch in my tree straps. The biner and the nylon webbing didn't...
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    Ditto on what Rev and Raiffnuke said. I think all...

    Ditto on what Rev and Raiffnuke said. I think all in all we completely overbuild some things and don't pay attention to what's important elsewhere. Strength at your tie-outs, with forces properly...
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    You can do it! I've done both a hex tarp, with...

    You can do it! I've done both a hex tarp, with cat cuts on all faces, and the Winter Dream design from DIY Gear, where the edges of the doors were straight but all bottom sides were cat cut. These...
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    Lonetracker's modification results in him hanging...

    Lonetracker's modification results in him hanging on double cordage in his standard format--the continuous loop is doubled, and the adjustable SRS loop is double most of the time. That means half the...
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    I made both the hex tarp and the winter dream off...

    I made both the hex tarp and the winter dream off the DIY Gear Supply page, both out of the seconds-grade polyurethane-coated camo.

    I started with a string, a couple of thumb tacks, a marker, and...
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    I'm not a big fan of continuous loops, especially...

    I'm not a big fan of continuous loops, especially small ones. If I want something longer, I use a locked brummel on both ends. If I want something shorter, I use soft shackles/nacrabiners--they are...
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