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    Since my camping is incidental to other...

    Since my camping is incidental to other activities such as fishing rather than backpacking, I usually carry two Harbor Freight nylon tarps with me -- one to go over the hammock and one for...
  2. One problem that I can see is that if you are...

    One problem that I can see is that if you are using something like amsteel blue for your structural ridgeline, it is rather abrasive and when your hammock sways, it will try to slice and dice your...
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    I'm the other way. I have to have a fan running...

    I'm the other way. I have to have a fan running at home because I've gotten used to the breeze in the hammock.

    I can't hang at home anymore because the neighbors have a mule that brays all night...
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    That's exactly what I was talking about --...

    That's exactly what I was talking about -- tightening up the fabric along the center line, while allowing the sides to hang looser.

    I'm not sure that I would run the curve all the way to the edge....
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    The idea is not to curve the hammock, but to...

    The idea is not to curve the hammock, but to change the cross-sectional curve. I have extremely broad shoulders that have suffered numerous injuries, so anything that puts more pressure on the...
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    I wasn't thinking in terms of an arc, so much as...

    I wasn't thinking in terms of an arc, so much as in an ellipsoidal curve, to flatten out the center area, without changing the edges much. This would provide a little more room for the shoulders.
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    Hammock Shapes -- Assymetrical?

    I have been daydreaming about how one could affect the finished shape of gathered end hammocks by the shape of the end hems.

    As I understand it, the body of a symmetrical hammock is a rectangle,...
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    I see a lot of mathematics here concerning the...

    I see a lot of mathematics here concerning the weight of the user (or is it fall guy?). However, I see NO discussion of the sine/cosine effect when you are change the distance between your uprights...
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    Overkill is good in this case. Thanks. That's a...

    Overkill is good in this case. Thanks. That's a much better pattern than what I was using.
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    I test my stuff. However, I only have two trees...

    I test my stuff. However, I only have two trees on my place both large enough and correctly spaced to hang from (barely). They are so close together that I can't even hang my tarp.

    This winter, I...
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    The potential for damage is quite real. The...

    The potential for damage is quite real. The actual force applied horizontally to the wall can be much more than your weight, depending upon how tight your hammock is stretched. If you are content to...
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    I think it came to about $13 for four six-foot by...

    I think it came to about $13 for four six-foot by one inch straps. I put loops in one pair and rings in the other pair. By combining them, I can cover most sizes of trees that I am likely to come...
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    At my age, I prefer not to (un)tie any more knots...

    At my age, I prefer not to (un)tie any more knots than I have to. Between the carpal tunnel and the budding arthritis, any knot can be a challenge. By using the metal ring, one end of the suspension...
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    I'm not concerned about the straps themselves,...

    I'm not concerned about the straps themselves, because there are no signs of stress around the stitches. The thread just sheared off.

    I've used these particular straps numerous times before, with...
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    CRACK!!!!.......thud

    After a day that started at 4 AM, I crawled into my hammock around 10 PM for some much-needed sleep, and had just gotten everything tucked in.

    I heard a noise behind me much like a pistol shot,...
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    I used to be a Realtor, and the things that...

    I used to be a Realtor, and the things that people do to their houses will stagger your imagination, particularly if they are planning to unload it.
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    A simpler method would be to use a couple of "A"...

    A simpler method would be to use a couple of "A" shaped stands placed against opposite walls, with a cross bar run between them. This forms a free standing unit which is prevented from swaying in one...
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    I've only gotten to use the double pad a couple...

    I've only gotten to use the double pad a couple of times since I made it -- too hot. I'll work on it this winter to get the final shape. I think what I'll end up with is two cloth-covered pads with a...
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    If you're not using mosquito netting, just tie a...

    If you're not using mosquito netting, just tie a length of light line between your ridge line and canteen, then toss the canteen out four or five feet to the side. A gentle tug on the line can start...
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    To get back on track, the boys in my troop...

    To get back on track, the boys in my troop discovered the net "backpacking hammocks" back in the mid '70s. Those hammocks, particularly their suspension, were primitive by today's standards, but they...
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    The biggest hazard with alcohol is that you CAN'T...

    The biggest hazard with alcohol is that you CAN'T see the flame. You and I know from practical experience to wave a hand over (well over) a trangia before trying to light it or otherwise put the hand...
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    The darts are a good idea. I'll have to try them....

    The darts are a good idea. I'll have to try them.

    I don't backpack anymore since my knees and back went out -- I use a mechanical mule. :)

    The whole idea of a hammock is that I don't have to...
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    I use a Grand Trunk Double, and sleep on a 45...

    I use a Grand Trunk Double, and sleep on a 45 degree angle. A single pad will always try to twist around so that it aligns with the hammock.

    I recently tried duct-taping two of the Walmart blue...
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    Well, if you're going to leave it neglected and...

    Well, if you're going to leave it neglected and alone in a dark closet somewhere, you could send the poor little waif to me -- I'll give it a good home. :D
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    When I started reading that last line, I had this...

    When I started reading that last line, I had this image of you chasing down and leashing all those chipmunks. :confused:
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    OCF works quite well, given an adequate shell. I...

    OCF works quite well, given an adequate shell. I have a sleeping bag and a pair mukluks made of OCF that I used to use at about -30 degrees when winter camping at high altitutdes.
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    I suggest that you use steel chain link rail in...

    I suggest that you use steel chain link rail in place of the PVC.
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    Just an idea at this point, but couldn't...

    Just an idea at this point, but couldn't Turtlelady's stand be adapted for this situation?

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=27777

    Replace the tripod with a vertical timber...
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    I started learning to sew (I'm STILL learning)...

    I started learning to sew (I'm STILL learning) shortly after I left home, back in the dark ages before the transistor, when vacuum tubes ruled.

    Since I no longer back pack, weight is not a...
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    Long Time Lurker -- First Hanging

    After a lot of reading, research, and back yard testing, I finally did an overnight hang -- actually two overnight hangs.

    I set up a Grand Trunk double with a ridge line, using 1/8" Amsteel Blue...
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    I also use the "walk backwards" method. It works...

    I also use the "walk backwards" method. It works great -- unless you get a sudden cramp in one leg just as your feet touch the ground. :cursing:
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    What color is the hammock -- green or camo?

    What color is the hammock -- green or camo?
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    Darn! You missed your chance to be on America's...

    Darn! You missed your chance to be on America's Funniest Home Videos! :jj:
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    How wide are Arrowhead Tree Straps?

    I looked high and low on Arrowhead's site and couln'd find a width for either the camo or black tree straps. Does anyone know the width?
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    Welcome. I ride also, and am in the process of...

    Welcome.

    I ride also, and am in the process of setting up a similar outfit.

    I have several suggestions.

    First, Try out your hammock/pad/tarp/bag with a few nights sleeping in it before you...
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    Just get a length of light line, tie one end to a...

    Just get a length of light line, tie one end to a stake in the ground or something heavy, and throw the line over the hammock. When you get in, lay the line over your chest. To swing, just tug...
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    It sounds as though the line from your post to...

    It sounds as though the line from your post to the second tree will be about eleven feet long. Unless you make your post longer and thus raise that line further off the ground, you should resist the...
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    Directly above you as you lie in the hammock is a...

    Directly above you as you lie in the hammock is a fitting in the ceiling. Is that a sprinkler?
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    If he goes the shipping container route, his...

    If he goes the shipping container route, his weight will be between 4,000 and 9,000 pounds. :D
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    Actually, if the sag is 30 degrees, the tension...

    Actually, if the sag is 30 degrees, the tension will be EXACTLY 150 pounds on each line. As the sag approaches zero, the tension will rise to infinity. The tension on each line is roughly half the...
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    The strength problem is not stainless vs steel....

    The strength problem is not stainless vs steel. It's open vs forged eyes.

    Compare these two tables:
    http://www.boltdepot.com/fastener-information/Eye-Bolts/Wire-Eye-Bolt-Working-Load-Limits.aspx...
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    By bottom entry, do you mean the net, the...

    By bottom entry, do you mean the net, the hammock, or both?
  43. Thread: Swing String

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    I used to tie a line to my canteen, then tossed...

    I used to tie a line to my canteen, then tossed the canteen over into the shade and used the line as a swing string. If I got thirsty, I hauled in the canteen. :)
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    You should see it roll over, then sit up and...

    You should see it roll over, then sit up and beg!:jj:
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    If it is indeed their error, why are YOU paying...

    If it is indeed their error, why are YOU paying shipping costs?
  46. They do that out in the west as well. Heck, they...

    They do that out in the west as well. Heck, they do it so well that a few years ago, they darned near burned down the town of Los Alamos and the National Laboratory along with the underbrush they...
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    Have you read The Thousand Mile Summer by Colin...

    Have you read The Thousand Mile Summer by Colin Fletcher? That should give you a good idea of the terrain and vegetation. IIRC, the southern portion was mostly desert, without that many trees....
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    They're fine for lounging in the shade on a hot...

    They're fine for lounging in the shade on a hot day -- IF you don't mind having buttons on your pants pockets or sleeves torn off.

    As a general rule, they feel too small, and try to squeeze you...
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    I am assuming that you are concerned with being...

    I am assuming that you are concerned with being stuck with that huge area when you are not using it.

    Consider making two 3' X 12' sections with storage under. If you put casters under both section...
  50. Thread: Field Office

    by GW Sears
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    Well, I never managed to get out in the hammock,...

    Well, I never managed to get out in the hammock, but due to a string of odd circumstances I once spent a two-week period writing software while sitting under a cabana at the homeowner's association...
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