Originally Posted by olddog
AT4ever, welcome to the TurtleDog club. My toprail also flexs upwards but slightly less than yours. I don't believe it will fail on you, the only difference that I can see between ours is that your suspension, TR to shackle, is a little longer than mine. Looking at the pics I would suggest sliding the chains toward the ends of the toprail. This may place the TR into more of an end to end compression. Not an engineer and really don't know what I'm talking about but... no offense but you're a bit more of a man than I am. Possibly the vertical loading is more than the compressive loading? I use the end cap eyes and my suspension is right up against the caps. Good looking stand but for test purposes you may want to move it from over the concrete paves to the grass. Just saying
Thanks OldDog, that's a confirmation and I'm going to tweak that tomorrow! Yup, I'm a big Dude... that's what actually kept me from getting into Hammocking at first. I thought I was over the limit, but I've noticed a lot of guys my weight class or plus hanging with no problems, so... no offense taken. I will take your advice and move to the softer part of the yard!