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    Nice repurposing of excess equipment.

    Nice repurposing of excess equipment.
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    Find some paracord and tie 2 tautline hitches in...

    Find some paracord and tie 2 tautline hitches in it. Start at 105" and try the hammock out. Adjust +1 inch and try again. Make observations. Lather rinse repeat. When you get to the point you like...
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    Smoky Mountain Knifeworks used to sell a 100'...

    Smoky Mountain Knifeworks used to sell a 100' hank of muletape for $5.99. They are showing 'Out of Stock' now but you may want to keep your eye on it.
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    Exactly. I started out on a tablecloth hammock...

    Exactly. I started out on a tablecloth hammock that I simply tied knots in the end to use to attach my suspension to. That made an already 'short' hammock even shorter ( probably 9-9.5' ). I slept...
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    I just tied a figure 8 on a bight to make a loop...

    I just tied a figure 8 on a bight to make a loop in the muletape.
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    Absolutely a gorgeous day.

    Absolutely a gorgeous day.
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    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/attachment.php...

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=109115&d=1432418998
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    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/attachment.php...

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    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/attachment.php...

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    No sew, no hardware DIY suspension

    Inspired by the thread about using a Beckett hitch on Kevlar straps I threw together my own take.

    2 seven foot polypropylene 1 inch straps with a loop tied in the end ( figure 8 on a bright knot )...
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    Box store poly tarps are cheap and effective, but...

    Box store poly tarps are cheap and effective, but loud and heavy. I've used them where weight wasn't an issue and they work fine.

    Cottage vendors make some great lightweight and effective tarps,...
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    Country Brook Designs has 1" heavy duty polypro...

    Country Brook Designs has 1" heavy duty polypro webbing for $18 for 50 yards. I bought some polyester webbing from them a year ago and have been using it for all my hammocks. I'm getting some of the...
  13. The BushcraftUSA store has multican tarps. i...

    The BushcraftUSA store has multican tarps. i think I read they were about to start a line of ponchos as well.

    I have the 5X7 sized tarp in woodland camo, and it is a nice piece of gear.
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  14. That's good info! I just larksheaded some...

    That's good info!

    I just larksheaded some muletape on the end of one of my tablecloth hammocks. I'm going to test out the slippery sheetbend on my existing polyester straps and see how I like it....
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    Simply superb! I love the pillow, and I may use...

    Simply superb! I love the pillow, and I may use yours as inspiration for one of my own.
  16. I've never used Dutch clips, but now I'm...

    I've never used Dutch clips, but now I'm interested.
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    I have a 9X9 and the 12X12. Good, solid,...

    I have a 9X9 and the 12X12. Good, solid, dependable tarps. Not ultralight, but they sure keep me dry :)
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    Simple and elegant. I like it. I may add a tie...

    Simple and elegant. I like it. I may add a tie out to one of my hammocks following your idea.
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    Now you got me itching to order some silpoly from...

    Now you got me itching to order some silpoly from Kyle. I've been thinking about doing a small asym for my backpacking setup.
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    I have to try this out. I'm trying to come up...

    I have to try this out. I'm trying to come up with a 'minimum' setup for backpacking, and I would love to eliminate as much 'hardware' as possible.
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    I agree you get different answers, but I still...

    I agree you get different answers, but I still wanted to get his input :)
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    Do you notice a big difference in comfort between...

    Do you notice a big difference in comfort between the two? They both look great, and I hope they give you and your spouse lots of enjoyment.
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    Well done, sir.

    Well done, sir.
  24. Here's an idea ( not mine originally ). Order 4...

    Here's an idea ( not mine originally ). Order 4 yards of fabric ( 12 feet ). Instead of hemming/sewing it to a particular length just tie it off at lengths starting at 11' and moving down to you hit...
  25. Check out Sgt Rock's Ghost Hammock.

    Check out Sgt Rock's Ghost Hammock.
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    I've used a single layer of reflectix down to the...

    I've used a single layer of reflectix down to the 30s without another pad, or an UQ. I've used the same pad with a shorter pad crossed in a 'T' shape around my shoulders to get into the high 20s ( I...
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    That looks really good. You could always go...

    That looks really good.

    You could always go to porch mode for a view if you'd like.
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    Luckily decent polyester webbing is inexpensive...

    Luckily decent polyester webbing is inexpensive when you decide you may want to upgrade. My major problem with mule tape is that it wants to rollup across it's narrow axis, and it gets...
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    I haven't run into an issue with my Noah 9 in a...

    I haven't run into an issue with my Noah 9 in a diamond pitch. I haven't had it out in a gully-washer with high winds, but the few moderate rains I've had it in it's handled with no issue. It has...
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    Doesn't Wally-world sell 2 blue pads? One is...

    Doesn't Wally-world sell 2 blue pads? One is flatter and thinner, and the 2nd is a thicker egg crate style. I have both and they don't appear to be the same material.
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    Car camping I use either a yoga mat, or the plain...

    Car camping I use either a yoga mat, or the plain old blue CCF camp pads. The yoga mat I like because it has a tendency to stay where I put it, and it also 'wraps' around me sightly as it is so...
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    Not paracord, but I like using this on my tarps....

    Not paracord, but I like using this on my tarps. Three strand braid with reflective cord.

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i45/geneaut/photo_zpsjfrez01a.jpg
  33. Thread: winter sock

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    I'm not sure I would use silnylon because of the...

    I'm not sure I would use silnylon because of the condensation issues. Plain old ripstop should be fine.
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    You did fine, and I'm glad you shared your work....

    You did fine, and I'm glad you shared your work. Paracord used alone does have a tendency to stretch, especially when wet and under heavy load. I think braiding it mitigates that tendency quite a bit...
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    I used a 3 strand paracord braid on a DIY tarp...

    I used a 3 strand paracord braid on a DIY tarp project in my backyard. It hung, continuously, from October until February when I took it down to use the space for another project. I didn't notice any...
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    Well done. It rarely gets that cold around here,...

    Well done. It rarely gets that cold around here, but it's nice to know if it did I could use your gear list to try to make it through.
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    Go to the local Walgreens or CVS and snatch a few...

    Go to the local Walgreens or CVS and snatch a few of their 3 for $10 fleece blankets. Lay 2 of them out one on top of the other and sew up the 2 long sides, and one short side. Voila, you have a...
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    Just a thought ... if it is just your head and...

    Just a thought ... if it is just your head and you are already using a pillow try to arrange the pad so it stops right above your shoulders. I often sleep with my head off my pad.
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    I figure it is easier to make it square, and then...

    I figure it is easier to make it square, and then add cats if needed.

    Everything I read about silpoly is that it is extremely low stretch, but I have no first hand knowledge.
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    I've been migrating towards two sections of 24"...

    I've been migrating towards two sections of 24" wide and 7' long pieces of reflectix. I've taken that into the low 30s, and even high 20s twice this year.

    It rolls up about the same size as my...
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    I weigh 250+ and my single overhand knots with...

    I weigh 250+ and my single overhand knots with about 3"-4" free ends have never failed. I ordered my daughter a purple tablecloth blank for Christmas, and had a completed hammock within 5 minutes of...
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    My first tablecloth hammock is constructed that...

    My first tablecloth hammock is constructed that way, and I'm still using it from time to time for lounging ( it lives in a stuff sack in my van with some old tree straps so it's ready to go anywhere...
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    Just a FYI that I retired this tarp today. One of...

    Just a FYI that I retired this tarp today. One of the guy lines snapped over the weekend and I went ahead and just pulled it down so I could use the space for something else.

    It's been hanging...
  44. Thread: Hammock length

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    My first hammock was a 126" tablecloth that I...

    My first hammock was a 126" tablecloth that I simply gathered and tied overhand knots in. I'm 6 ft and slept fine in that hammock for almost 2 years. My feet weren't far from touching the bottom knot...
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    I threw my poncho liner up again as quasi-flaps...

    I threw my poncho liner up again as quasi-flaps this weekend at a Boy Scout Camporee. It got down to 30 so not quite as cold as some of you guys camp at, but cold enough :)

    The PL is a few inches...
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    Smokey Mtn Knifeworks has 100ft thanks I believe.

    Smokey Mtn Knifeworks has 100ft thanks I believe.
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    You're hooked ! Congrats on what sounds like a...

    You're hooked ! Congrats on what sounds like a great first hammock project.
  48. I've been doing the same thing for years ( even...

    I've been doing the same thing for years ( even tent camping ). Everything except what I need to sleep stays in the backpack. At night ( or in bad weather ) the pack gets covered with a heavy duty...
  49. It's showing Out of Stock on the website....

    It's showing Out of Stock on the website. Somebody moust have bought a ton :)
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    I put one of these together for my daughter for...

    I put one of these together for my daughter for Christmas. I've had two of the blue ones for over a year now, and she always loves to hop in them. I got her a purple one with cinch buckles I added...
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