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    This brought back memories. For a lighter look...

    This brought back memories. For a lighter look at this topic, see my Cubenist Manifesto. :D
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    I like this idea because it's versatile. It...

    I like this idea because it's versatile. It allows other types of insulation besides underquilts. One of the main virtues is that it blocks drafts. One manifestation of this UQ protector might...
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    With the ridge in the middle, what you have come...

    With the ridge in the middle, what you have come up with is not very different from hanging two separate hammocks side by side from 3 trees, a system that quite a few couples have used successfully. ...
  4. Excellent, John. Very clear. I hadn't grasped...

    Excellent, John. Very clear. I hadn't grasped how you were using the 1/4" rod before. I imagine that after you noted how the first pair of splices shortened the rope, you took that into...
  5. Nice job! Can you get a close up photo of the...

    Nice job! Can you get a close up photo of the bent washers and spreader bar tip? Details on bending the washers and forming the pocket?
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    I've used the Acu-Rites, with some success, but...

    I've used the Acu-Rites, with some success, but I've seen units fail, too. The case isn't watertight, and if you hang it from your suspension it acts as a drip line. :scared: They are worth the...
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    Thanks. :) You've opened up new areas of...

    Thanks. :) You've opened up new areas of experimentation for me (like I needed that!) :rolleyes:
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    You may be right, Jeremy, but I wouldn't have...

    You may be right, Jeremy, but I wouldn't have thought so. My only down hammocks have had supplex for the top layer (or cuben! Don't do that, cjackson) so I can't speak to the lighter fabrics we use...
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    I'm not wild about the idea of a"fuse". If...

    I'm not wild about the idea of a"fuse". If anything breaks in a storm you risk getting cold and wet. I'd replace the broken plastic ring (and also the others) with soft shackles. HYOH.
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    About the banana shape you didn't like: I've...

    About the banana shape you didn't like: I've made quite a few hammocks with multiple strings, including GE hammocks with strings on the ends, a true right-angle hammock with strings on the sides,...
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    At this stage of your experiment, use the...

    At this stage of your experiment, use the cheapest down you can find. Frequent thrift stores, looking for parkas and comforters. Forget about "water resistant" down. It's a new phenomenon, hence...
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    Yup. :lol: I'll get back to you on some of...

    Yup. :lol:

    I'll get back to you on some of the other questions. I wonder about not using drop boxes to resupply and/or send gear home. Seasonal differences seem to make that necessary for most...
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    It looks like you have the biggest darts in the...

    It looks like you have the biggest darts in the region of your shoulders and upper back. They should be under your butt where the curvature will be greatest. The nice thing about your design is...
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    Great info, OTD. I'll ask one question per post...

    Great info, OTD. I'll ask one question per post so you can increase your count with individual replies. Do you plan to sell off some of the pads you tested when you narrow down your choice?
  15. I hate to say it, but I may not be ready for this...

    I hate to say it, but I may not be ready for this trip. I'm still splitting wood all day today getting ready for the snowstorm here, and my winter gear will keep me warm, but Freia isn't used to...
  16. I have a big roll of reflectix that I'll bring...

    I have a big roll of reflectix that I'll bring with me, so people can fashion their own cozies (byo duct tape), or make under-butt pads as needed. No charge. I have a "cozy" that fits a 5 gal....
  17. You going to be there, Shug? :)

    You going to be there, Shug? :)
  18. Good catch, Grizz. I missed that.

    Good catch, Grizz. I missed that.
  19. You're right, John. I've used Grizz's method...

    You're right, John. I've used Grizz's method with both amsteel and dynaglide. Sewing 6" at each end is enough to hold it. I use two or three rows of stitching there. The reinforcement you mentioned...
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    You've got a couple more stars in your crown,...

    You've got a couple more stars in your crown, Lymphocytosis. :) Don't put my name in. I've got enough stuff. Also thanks again for the boots you sent me a couple of years back. They served me...
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    For the use you describe with multiple layers it...

    For the use you describe with multiple layers it sounds like it might be a good choice. Good luck with your project. It should strengthen the area around the hand-sewn seams.
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    You could use either adhesive transfer tape or...

    You could use either adhesive transfer tape or double sided tape, but is it necessary? Another possibility is spraying the webbing with adhesive like 3M Super 77. I have sewn through hems made with...
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    I just had to put one of the minibiners in a vise...

    I just had to put one of the minibiners in a vise to bend it closed again so the gate would work. It was stretched when used on the corner of an underquilt - not a very big load. I don't believe...
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    Convection takes place in spaces between layers,...

    Convection takes place in spaces between layers, so if there are gaps you could feel cool. A good fit helps all types of insulation.
  25. Now we know to take off our boots and wear our...

    Now we know to take off our boots and wear our socks when wading Quebec Branch. Wish I'd known that last time. ;)
  26. I'll bring my old wooden ones, as well as the...

    I'll bring my old wooden ones, as well as the modern ones I bought from Kanguru. You'll need to learn an old-fashioned Indian style harness made with new-fangled mule tape, but it's a good system. ...
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    I bought some of the same stuff (or similar -...

    I bought some of the same stuff (or similar - mine was red) on ebay. It does make ultralight guy lines, and it's plenty strong enough. I worried about knotted spectra cutting itself, like kevlar,...
  28. Still need raffle tickets? I have a roll of...

    Still need raffle tickets? I have a roll of them.

    Freia and I hope to arrive Thursday and stay until Sunday. Two years ago when I'd only had her a month or two and she was still pretty wild, we...
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    I like your plan for the top drawcord, but I'd...

    I like your plan for the top drawcord, but I'd skip the footbox mod you propose. The airgaps probably would be an issue, and I don't think the seam would bother you. You might want a small...
  30. Welcome, MandoJ! We have bluegrass in West...

    Welcome, MandoJ! We have bluegrass in West Virginia. Come to a hang at Watoga SP!
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    I'm not sure what temperature is used with heat...

    I'm not sure what temperature is used with heat shrink tubing, but recall that the melting temp of high density polyethelene is low enough that when you substitute it for steel cable in a power winch...
  32. Thread: Anything!!!

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    WTB: Are you planning on staying in college? DIY...

    Are you planning on staying in college? DIY takes a lot of time. Look at that UQ offer again. I'm not sure how much down is in this "overstuffed like a beast" UQ, but I bet if you bought new down...
  33. I've wondered about short flexible extensions to...

    I've wondered about short flexible extensions to the spreader bars that would function like a tarp pole mod and connect to the edges of the tarp 10" or so beyond the end of each spreader tip. ...
  34. Video: worth the price of admission just to see...

    Video: worth the price of admission just to see Shug do Salvadore Dali with a bungee cord. :lol:
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    As you used that one for a long time, there are...

    As you used that one for a long time, there are plenty of new fabrics with fancy names to choose from for the replacement. I bet you've had lots of new ideas for hammock design, too. Go wild!
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    Sticky: I like it already. Thanks!

    I like it already. Thanks!
  37. Glad to hear so many good ideas. I've been...

    Glad to hear so many good ideas. I've been thinking about this myself. Tried old tennis balls with a slit in them poked over the spreader tip for a back yard hang, but some came off during the...
  38. You'll find lots of info on various hammock...

    You'll find lots of info on various hammock stands here, and I encourage you to build one that you like the looks of, but first plant at least one tree! In ten years you may wish you had a better...
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    I made a shaped down UQ with baffles, and I mean...

    I made a shaped down UQ with baffles, and I mean very shaped with complicated curves in two directions. Also the baffles had bends in them. It took a more than a week (full time), and one of the...
  40. Thread: Wood for carving

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    FT: 120693120692120691I have some cherry that I...

    120693120692120691I have some cherry that I crosscut with a bandsaw mill (after milling the straight trunk sections conventionally). The part I crosscut had a large fork, and I thought the grain...
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    Glad to see somebody else knows the more...

    Glad to see somebody else knows the more appropriate spelling. :)

    Good idea. Maybe hand sanding would suffice, or at least be an intermediary step in training.
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    I bet our northern members would love to try a...

    I bet our northern members would love to try a fabric like that, probably for parkas or anoraks, though. To me, cotton means comfort. It's what I put on when I come inside. How about an indoor...
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    I consider 1.9 oz ripstop strong enough to resist...

    I consider 1.9 oz ripstop strong enough to resist dog toenails. Supplex nylon is even better.
  44. Sounds like you kept the food you brought with...

    Sounds like you kept the food you brought with you at a good distance, but why would you hang in an old orchard?
  45. Thread: Heavy Hot tent

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    Pretty nice, Tom! Put it on a pulk and you're...

    Pretty nice, Tom! Put it on a pulk and you're ready to go. Better still, get a dog to pull the pulk. If you bring it to Mt. Rogers in January, Freia and I will help you pull it (and come inside to...
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    @ mahemkb: So, you're saying you like it? ;) ...

    @ mahemkb: So, you're saying you like it? ;)

    @MM: Nice to hear from you. I look forward to your review from Roan.
  47. Thread: MAHHA definition?

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    None planned so far, Jay, but there could be. ...

    None planned so far, Jay, but there could be. There are West Virginia hangers and some others who get to Dolly Sods about once a year, and the Cranberry Wilderness and Tea Creek Back Country have...
  48. Thread: MAHHA definition?

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    Many trees? :lol: If you come to the WaHHA hang...

    Many trees? :lol: If you come to the WaHHA hang next October, we have 10,000 acres of trees in the park (and 44 miles of trails), and the park is surrounded by State Forests and National Forests...
  49. Thread: MAHHA definition?

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    Some history: the acronym followed the form of an...

    Some history: the acronym followed the form of an earlier one, the SouthEast Hammock Hangers Association (SEHHA) which was started by Ed Speer. Here's a 2009 thread. In a similar fashion the West...
  50. Looks like a plain old single fisherman's knot. ...

    Looks like a plain old single fisherman's knot. In shock cord, that would be plenty good.

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    Erayd, speed typists should tie one arm behind their back. (Use whatever knot works.)
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