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    The deed is done (well, hopefully) I have...

    The deed is done (well, hopefully)

    I have transferred all the down from my ill-fated UCH2.0 underquilt to unit 3.0 (excepting that which slipped the surly bonds of gravity & coated everything in...
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    A ton of progress on the top quilt has been made;...

    A ton of progress on the top quilt has been made; I will upload progress photos once I finish it (hopefully tomorrow). You'd think I'd have learned my lesson the first time, but I will once again be...
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    Okay, that's sounds pretty straightforward. I...

    Okay, that's sounds pretty straightforward.

    I think I may have found a way to at least try out my 'less insulation at the edges' idea; I just read about the Revelation-style baffle pattern that...
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    Top Quilt Layout Questions

    The topquilt I have planned is loosely based on what seems to be a common pattern used successfully by many other DIYers on here; full 58" fabric width, tapered from the waist to about 48", 78" long,...
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    12 more hand-sewn eyelets later... I'm now...

    12 more hand-sewn eyelets later...

    I'm now very happy with how well the edge of the hammock is supported. I've made some very slight changes to the cable rigging;
    -All cables will now be simple...
  6. I have a cheap "Panama" hammock that has a bunch...

    I have a cheap "Panama" hammock that has a bunch of cord loops through eyelets in the end channels that gather into a knot at each end. I wouldn't say it changes the lay significantly, but I guess...
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    24 hand-sewn eyelets later... I have the...

    24 hand-sewn eyelets later...

    I have the hammock side channels back together & was able to do some testing, results so far are promising. I made a 100" long spliced cord assembly with 1/16" shock...
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    Can we get black, back? :D I just made...

    Can we get black, back? :D I just made snakeskins & stuff sacks from a couple yards, I'll totally be back for more!

    eta - apparently black has been restocked
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    Hmm, never would have thought to use a fishing...

    Hmm, never would have thought to use a fishing knot, but it makes sense with the transition between materials (line to leader).
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    A little more progress on the hammock mods, now...

    A little more progress on the hammock mods, now that I've ripped out the side channel seams (let's see if we can avoid ever having to do that again...)

    Rough depiction of the 12ft hammock laid out...
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    A few minutes for you, maybe...I'll have to check...

    A few minutes for you, maybe...I'll have to check that out, and see how obnoxious it is. I think I'll need to do about 14 in total (7 each side) and I think they'll need to be about 1/4" diameter. ...
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    Last progress today; stake & suspension bag. ...

    Last progress today; stake & suspension bag. Total weight 4.2oz

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    I have to say the little Kam snaps are impressing me. Perhaps not as strong as the metal snaps, but you don't...
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    Here is a concept of the side-channel mod I have...

    Here is a concept of the side-channel mod I have planned. The purpose is to provide tie-off points for any & all accessories I could need, while not using zippers. Yes, I will probably have to rip...
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    Okay, so basically like my full-bury idea, but...

    Okay, so basically like my full-bury idea, but jumping in/out of the Amsteel along its length so as to provide access to loops?

    For my application, the "slippery/smooth" exterior is the driver, so...
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    So the tarp is complete at this time (still need...

    So the tarp is complete at this time (still need to apply the Kam snap door-closures, but that's all)

    Here is the picture of the (kitchen scale measured) 1lb .1oz "tarpwurst" (I've decide to make...
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    That's pretty slick! I think the trick there...

    That's pretty slick! I think the trick there would be that the 'short/straight' part the loops splice through would need to be elastic, and I don't know if the elastic cords can be internally...
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    It kind of surprised me as well, since as...

    It kind of surprised me as well, since as complicated a shape as a hammock is, I really expected there to be room for some kind of unintuitive optimization. There kind of is, since when you lay at...
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    Maybe I missed something, but it sounds like his...

    Maybe I missed something, but it sounds like his issue with it is that weak shock cord is being used. If 1/8" cord is crammed into the cordage (by going to larger cord, no doubt) it seems like it'd...
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    Bingo! Well, that's one of the ideas I had, at...

    Bingo! Well, that's one of the ideas I had, at least. The first was to let the shock cord run past the end of the splice so it could be exposed (mainly so a cord lock could grab it, since cordage...
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    Splice Shock Cord to "Rigid" Cable?

    Has anyone tried splicing shock cord to the common spliceable ropes used for guy-lines & such, as a way to get a flexible, lightweight, but still pretty strong rope assembly? I am working on an idea...
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    I just did a bunch of experimenting along these...

    I just did a bunch of experimenting along these lines. I used a whipped end to play with different end shapes until I was flat & comfortable. Then, I marked off all areas of slack fabric, and the...
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    Thanks for the kind words! That's really my...

    Thanks for the kind words! That's really my motivation; figure out what I want/need, and carve away everything else. It's convenient that the design solution ended up being fairly simple, but to be...
  23. Warbonnet Tarp Flexibility (Cat Cut Ridgeline)

    Are the WB Thunderfly/etc more sensitive to roof-pitch angle than their straight-seam cousins because of the ridgeline curvature? I am considering adding a shallow curve to my DIY tarp ridgeline to...
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    I decided to make some improvements to my trusty...

    I decided to make some improvements to my trusty old hammock snake-skins. These were made from some PU-coated polyester no-name fabric, and apart from them having more friction on the PU-side...
  25. My tarp doesn't have its own ridgeline, it will...

    My tarp doesn't have its own ridgeline, it will always sit atop the hammock's (maybe not the best solution out there, but it's what I'm used to). I may make the tie-outs to the tree straps somewhat...
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    Has anyone mentioned the importance of 7075...

    Has anyone mentioned the importance of 7075 aluminum over the more common/less expensive 6061 extrusion alloy, yet? It's almost always 6061 (or worse) if the alloy isn't mentioned by the maker. ...
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    Tarp Adventures I'm pretty sure at this point...

    Tarp Adventures

    I'm pretty sure at this point I'll be basing the tarp heavily on the "badlander" design by kitsapcowboy. His design is 11ft at the ridgeline, I think I may bring this down to...
  28. The hammock ridge line (gathered end to gathered...

    The hammock ridge line (gathered end to gathered end) is 10ft. Hammock body length is 11.5ft

    My current Hex-Cat asym is 11ft long, giving 6" of overhang each end (not quite reaching the tree...
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    Progress picture so far; it's comfortable (you...

    Progress picture so far; it's comfortable (you can see a snakeskin I made for the Hennessey wadded up at the peak; they are positively cavernous with this hammock)

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    The next step is...
  30. I was planning on doing drip lines regardless,...

    I was planning on doing drip lines regardless, but I need some advice on how much overhang past the drip line reliably protects against the occasional gust tossing rain past it.* Not talking violent...
  31. Location of Suspension Knot Relative to Tarp Coverage

    Coming from a Hennessey where the suspension is a continuous line from the end of the hammock body out to the tree straps, I'd like some advice on the best-practice for a gathered-end that has...
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    I really wish we could edit posts longer; I have...

    I really wish we could edit posts longer; I have answered a few more of my earlier questions;

    -Previous tarp was 1.9oz ripstop slathered with silicone; is Xenon .9 thin to the point of being...
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    137"/11.4ft hammock-body length (I think I got...

    137"/11.4ft hammock-body length (I think I got the numbers confused earlier)
    120"/10ft structureal ridgeline
    2X 8" continuous loops each end (minus the portion wrapped into a larskhead, about an...
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    I mocked up the asymmetric tarp plan with small...

    I mocked up the asymmetric tarp plan with small end doors, and it looks like coverage should be respectable. One side is modeled 'normal' with the tarp pulled down at a 45deg angle, the other side...
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    Okay, first pass at a floorplan(s); -Overall...

    Okay, first pass at a floorplan(s);
    -Overall length is 12.5ft for all of these
    -Width is 55" from the ridgeline seam for each, except for the asym which is a single piece of 70" fabric
    -The one...
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    So far, I've found some really good stuff here &...

    So far, I've found some really good stuff here & elsewhere;

    Material; I'm leaning toward 1.1 Xenon, since the .9oz stuff looks painfully transparent (and is only available in drab colors)
    Color;...
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    I was just about to ask this, since I'm debating...

    I was just about to ask this, since I'm debating internal vs. external pole mods for a tarp of my own.

    I don't know if you could generate enough air pressure with your lungs, but I've inflated...
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    Tarp Questions

    I once made a couple 1.9oz Hex-Cat tarps per the DIY Gear Supply plans, which I've been more than happy with. The hammock I have just completed has a 137" ridgeline, which is sadly too long for my...
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    The hammock body is now complete, at least for...

    The hammock body is now complete, at least for the time being. As several of the posters here have suggested, the shape once trimmed of slack cloth ended up being roughly rectangular, with one...
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    Haven't cut, or even hemmed anything. The slack...

    Haven't cut, or even hemmed anything. The slack sides just drape over me right now, but I can see just from how they hang, just how much can be cut away. When unloaded, those slack sides become...
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    Okay, first round of results is in. This is for...

    Okay, first round of results is in. This is for the hammock gathered & whipped 'per' the weighted dummy flat on the floor. This time I whipped the ends more thoroughly, and was able to rest inside...
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    I did some prelim testing this morning, and the...

    I did some prelim testing this morning, and the concepts seem viable so far with a few caveats;

    -Whipping seems almost ideally unsuited to this sort of construction (more on that later)...
  43. Okey-dokey, hike is slated for 8/24-9/2. ...

    Okey-dokey, hike is slated for 8/24-9/2. Apparently everything is already mostly booked even 6 months out in the off-season, lol, but I did manage to get a place to crash in Aspen, Marble, and...
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    So it all gathers the same...that's good,...

    So it all gathers the same...that's good, honestly. One less thing to worry about. I'd been considering sewn-pleats as a way to get similar effects in an end-channel setup, but it sounds like it'd...
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    You mean you aren't light as a feather, and stiff...

    You mean you aren't light as a feather, and stiff as a board, lol?

    Guylines aren't the worst thing in the world --my tarp still needs them, after all-- plus it might make going back to a mattress...
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    Totally agree on the multiple intertwined...

    Totally agree on the multiple intertwined factors; I did my previous experiments with a bridge architecture to try & simplify that aspect of things as much as possible, and it's still very...
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    Because a hammock becomes increasingly...

    Because a hammock becomes increasingly --spherical, I guess would be the word?-- as it gets wider, my thought is that the end-channel/whipping shaping effects would become more impactful. The width...
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    Here's the 'plan' I'll be following for this...

    Here's the 'plan' I'll be following for this first attempt; everything I see says about 3" deviation at the ends & 5" on the sides is the max worth looking at, and the sides require the most...
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    Yes, "clips" not "hooks" (even though it is clearly a hook, lol). So it really is just for getting the free end 'off' the end going around the tree, either for setup or adjustment? I wanted to make...
  50. Attaching Tarp to a Webbing-Based Suspension

    Right now I have a Hennessey with the standard cable/rope suspension that's tied off to short tree straps. My Hex-Cat tarp clips onto a buckle mounted on the rope suspension with a Prussik Hitch,...
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