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    I'd say either: 1) a GTUL, which my son started...

    I'd say either: 1) a GTUL, which my son started in, 2) a DIY tableclothsfactory, which I made for all three of my kids (60x102, I just knotted each end and larksheaded whoopie slings over them), or...
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    I did the exact same thing, works like a charm.

    I did the exact same thing, works like a charm.
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    In bed I'm primarily a right-side sleeper and use...

    In bed I'm primarily a right-side sleeper and use a left lay in a hammock, the opposite of Meckie. Agreed on all who said the width matters. A lot of HF members make a big deal out of length but as...
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    Weird, now I can see them. I tried logging off...

    Weird, now I can see them. I tried logging off and back on, refreshing the page and nothing was working.
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    Does anyone know what happened to the original...

    Does anyone know what happened to the original pictures of the setup? I don't see them now and wanted to use them for reference.
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    I love my Reflectix pad. I really need to put...

    I love my Reflectix pad. I really need to put some wings on but other than that I've had it down below freezing without issues. And I'm a cold sleeper!

    I've had some issues with it flopping out...
  7. I'm a cold sleeper and my limit is mid-50s.

    I'm a cold sleeper and my limit is mid-50s.
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    When I hike solo or with my primary hiking buddy...

    When I hike solo or with my primary hiking buddy I tend to burn up the miles. With a different group of friends, it's more about camping.
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    I could nap in my GTUL, but overnight sleep...

    I could nap in my GTUL, but overnight sleep didn't come until I made my DIY 11'. I wish it was a little wider, though...

    That, and what the other guys said about TIH (time in hammock). It just...
  10. Something large enough to bump me from underneath...

    Something large enough to bump me from underneath and set me swinging a little. I was hanging pretty low, though, since I had my son in his hammock above me. I grabbed my headlamp pretty fast but I...
  11. That is cool. I wish this thread was around six...

    That is cool. I wish this thread was around six months ago. Now that winter is approaching hopefully I'll have some time to drag the machine back out and try sewing some paper towels together.
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    I've had the most problems with long pads in...

    I've had the most problems with long pads in short hammocks like the GTUL. The foot end keeps slipping out and over the side of the hammock. I toss and turn a lot, though. I've trimmed my CCF and...
  13. I downloaded the manuals back when I bought it...

    I downloaded the manuals back when I bought it and I've watched the videos, thanks! Bubba's second point is what I'm missing. I figured I'd be able to get everything set up and start on my first...
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    Poll: I have a DIY bug sock (so it's removable). It...

    I have a DIY bug sock (so it's removable). It drives me nuts. Unfortunately the bugs are bad enough except the dead of winter that I have to use something. I'd love to have a stowable and I'm...
  15. I have a 1953 Singer 99K that I bought last year...

    I have a 1953 Singer 99K that I bought last year that has been sitting in a corner, silently mocking me in an intimidating manner. I've never sewn before and would love some "how to get started...
  16. You may have to play with the suspension, too. ...

    You may have to play with the suspension, too. It's like Goldilocks - too taut doesn't work, and neither does too loose. Once you figure out what's comfortable, try a SRL or some other method of...
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    That's why I can't use my down pillow - it...

    That's why I can't use my down pillow - it compresses to nothing. :mellow:

    I use a cheap inflatable instead. That way I can get just the right amount of support I need. I started off with one...
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    I think you'd be fine with that setup. The issue...

    I think you'd be fine with that setup. The issue is staying on it. It takes some practice to stay on a 20" pad on a diagonal...
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    Or spray the hammock and/or bug net with...

    Or spray the hammock and/or bug net with Permethrin. You can find a bottle of it at Wal-Mart and should be enough to cover everything.
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    You aren't going to want to carry wool 10 miles. ...

    You aren't going to want to carry wool 10 miles. It's heavy and bulky. Go for the down, or like lobodelanoche said, see if a pad works for you.
  21. I'm a perpetual cold sleeper, especially my feet....

    I'm a perpetual cold sleeper, especially my feet. I wear socks to bed at home, even in the summer. I have a very low budget for gear. I've made a no-sew PLUQ for late spring/early fall and...
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    I'm with SirMarkos - I use a Reflectix pad and it...

    I'm with SirMarkos - I use a Reflectix pad and it works great, as long as you don't mind the crinkling noise it makes when you shift around. It doesn't bother me, especially since it's lightweight...
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    Good to know. Yeah, PA can be tough, although...

    Good to know. Yeah, PA can be tough, although this year it's been more of an issue with wetlands and giant mud puddles for me down that way.
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    Thanks for all the input. And thanks for the...

    Thanks for all the input. And thanks for the heads up about the terrain - are the rocks and roots as bad as I hear, too?
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    NY section of AT

    Is this hammockable? I've never been hiking on that side of the state, much less the AT. I'm going with a group of guys and need to know if the hammock is going or if I'm going to need to take my...
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    The only time I had condensation using a pad was...

    The only time I had condensation using a pad was when it was cold but humid (temps were going up and snow was melting quickly). Moisture was trapped between the hammock and pad but I slept dry and...
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    Nothing wrong with that!

    Nothing wrong with that!
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    Ahhh, that makes sense. I got a cheap spool from...

    Ahhh, that makes sense. I got a cheap spool from Wal-Mart and it looked very thin and weak. You get what you pay for . . .

    Thanks for the tip on the Gutterman thread!
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    Thread for injecting?

    Total newbie here - I just learned how to thread my first injector and wind a bobbin (1950 Singer 99k) and now I'm waiting for a sale on fabric. I want to make a fleece pullover for my first...
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    I figured I escaped this kind of weather when I...

    I figured I escaped this kind of weather when I moved from Houston to the Buffalo, NY area. Not so.

    When you walk down the sidewalk, it's breathe-breathe-spit so you don't drown in the humidity.
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    1. You'll get different opinions on this one. I...

    1. You'll get different opinions on this one. I just run the fixed end through.
    2. Yes, and they work great.
    3. Nope. I always use 100% poly because cotton and cotton blends will rot eventually....
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    Has anyone ever just knotted the gathered ends in...

    Has anyone ever just knotted the gathered ends in an overhand knot, then just larksheaded a whoopie around it?

    That's how my 11' is set up right now and it seems to work fine.
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    Down from Amazon

    Which pillows are you referring to? I'm interested in doing the same thing myself but it looks like most of the affordable pillows are 95% feathers and 5% down.
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    I understand the premise of your argument - that...

    I understand the premise of your argument - that the TQ captures both radiant and convective (rising) heat, while the UQ only captures radiant heat, so the TQ is more important to vent. The short...
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    Just be careful. State laws usually determine...

    Just be careful. State laws usually determine whether or not it's legal to walk/hike on state or interstate highways. A NY state trooper educated me as I was taking a short cut from the trail back...
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    Nope

    If that was the only process in play. Just remember heat travels via convection, conduction and radiation. A TQ slows heat loss from the top but you still need something on the bottom for the same...
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    Either reflectix or ccf. The Reflectix is warmer...

    Either reflectix or ccf. The Reflectix is warmer to me but not as comfortable as a pad.
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    I second (third?) the PLUQ - it's perfect for...

    I second (third?) the PLUQ - it's perfect for summer temps. It may be a little heavy for backpacking though, especially compared to down.
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    Thanks for the feedback, Thom and gmcttr. I...

    Thanks for the feedback, Thom and gmcttr. I already have the service manual for it, so I guess it's just a matter of diving in now!
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    So what features are handy to have? I bought a...

    So what features are handy to have? I bought a 1950 Singer 99k off CL and it looks like all it does is straight stitches (although it looks like it can handle different feet for other purposes). ...
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    I frequently test new gear in my backyard in my...

    I frequently test new gear in my backyard in my TurtleDog stand. Between cars and barking dogs I have to wear ear plugs.

    Of course, I bring ear plugs no matter what because my usual backpacking...
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    I have absolutely no experience but want to...

    I have absolutely no experience but want to learn. Can anyone say if this one would be an appropriate first machine?
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    I've slept both directly on the Reflectix in a SB...

    I've slept both directly on the Reflectix in a SB and with it slipped between two layers of a PLUQ. I've napped directly on it with no SB. I haven't had any moisture issues so far but YMMV. The...
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    Reflectix is lightweight. It's basically bubble...

    Reflectix is lightweight. It's basically bubble wrap with mylar on both sides. That link looks like the right stuff - the label looks very similar to what's on Reflectix in the States.
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    Agree with above. I bought straps at Harbor...

    Agree with above. I bought straps at Harbor Freight on sale, with coupon, for something like $4 and they were long enough to make 4 tree straps.

    I'm not one to dive into new hobbies willing to...
  46. I use it that way. It can be a little stiff and...

    I use it that way. It can be a little stiff and crinkly at first but that doesn't bother me.
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    Just tested mine this weekend. Great...

    Just tested mine this weekend. Great instructions, by the way! I had some major sag in the middle until I realized that 1) I didn't have it pulled up enough on each end (my first UQ so I wasn't...
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    Hey, JollyGreen! We've been waiting to hear from...

    Hey, JollyGreen! We've been waiting to hear from you, although based on some AT pics it looks like you're out and about already!

    To the OP, I'm all the way over in the Buffalo area, but I'm up...
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    I tried a thin (but surprisingly heavy) yoga mat...

    I tried a thin (but surprisingly heavy) yoga mat in the hammock in my back yard. It's definitely warm, but it kind of crinkled up and slid around a lot. I'm back to my Reflectix pad.
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    I think this is normal for pretty much any hobby....

    I think this is normal for pretty much any hobby. Go ask a Mopar guy what he spends on car parts or tools, or an outdoorsman what he spends on hunting/fishing gear and you'll have the same response.
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