Originally Posted by hammock engineer
Good point on the angle of the support. I forgot about that saging as weight is added. I think I would account for that by measuring the angle of the hammock when I am in it, then using that angle for my scaled down weight.
The reason I am thinking about the scaled weight, is just finding a scale that will read 700 lbs. Much easier to find one that goes up to 50 lbs or so.
I was also thinking of putting the scale in 2 different locations. L1 being from the hammock body to the rings (of other point in different setups), and L2 being on the strap to the tree. Both places are using line with load ratings. I think the angle for L1 is usually over 20 deg, so I am not too worried about it. But than again that is the rope rated to 1400 lbs. I am not sure of the strap rating off the top of my head, but it should be higher.
You can find gauges that are designed for use on high-tension cables - that might work pretty well. It would definitely work for that load range. I tried to find a link to one, but no luck so far. Then again I didn't look that long :P