Originally Posted by chickenwing
Very ingenious way to solve the ridge issue. Nice sewing work as usual.
Thanks CW, I don't thinks its solved but we're moving in the right direction.
Originally Posted by BajaHanger
Very nice. Gives me some ideas. Thank you.
This forum is full of ingenuity.
Thanks, let us know what you come up with.
Originally Posted by JayS
Great idea. Putting the PVC inside the channel is interesting...
I was thinking a little more on that while riding my bike. One could put a slight bend in the tube and that would further reduce the ridge, but I think you'd have to tack the ends of the fabric to the ends of the tube??? Its all just a theory at this point.
Originally Posted by Mouseskowitz
That looks really nice. Might have to try that on one of my hammocks. I would think it should help alleviate some of the shoulder squeeze issue I have. What set of materials did you use?
It's 1/2" pvc with couplers in middle to keep the RL from sliding to the sides. Its a 24" continuous loop (when pulled tight its 24" long) of 7/64" amsteel and each end is larks headed onto some SMC rings.
Originally Posted by DemostiX
Notice that the spreader bar allows the middle of the hammock to sag further, and sets the edges to be higher. That is what happens with a line through the channel, but in an uncontrolled way, depending as it does on the occupation of the channel and the compression of the fabric
Since you already have the apparatus set up, and the channel line looks very strong, I suggest the following experiments, varying the amount of line and sag between the spreader bar and the channel.
Just carefully insert toggles, in the form of carabiners, midway through the cord on the suspension end at marked and varying lengths. You could use knots, and I'm not worried about strenghth, but the toggles will be easier to remove.
Your weight in the hammock will pull the line through and the carabiners against the spreader bar.
ThanX DstiX. I would think that the further away from the channel the bar got the more closely the fabric would gather? Yes?
Originally Posted by BillyBob58
That is some excellent and very interesting work, Red!
I have always said that my non-bridge hammock with the least calf ridge problem is my huge Safari. But coming in very close to it ( and close enough really) are my 11 foot WL Light Owl and Claytor No Net.
But the Claytor is only 10 ft long. I have oft wondered if the channel is a big factor it's comfort, although I have tried at least one other channel hammock that is not as good.
But I have also wondered what it would be like if the channel did not bunch up so much once I was in it, if it would be even better. I have even tried once or twice connecting the foot end suspension to different trees, but I think it still bunched up. But that is a neat little spreader, and it is interesting to hear that it significantly increases comfort.
Have you tried any different bar sizes?
Thank you BillyBob .This hammock is only 10' long also. The first two bars I tried were only 5" long this last one is 6" and I think is better that the 5". I didn't want to put the knots in the line above the bar but I couldn't get it to stay still with out them. The whole thing is a bit clunky at the moment but pvc is just so easy to work with, its like legos for adults.
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