Originally Posted by Bubba
Glad it is working for you!
With regards to what rope to use it depends. The popular choice around here is 7/64 inch Amsteel used for whoopie slings. It's a hollow braided rope made from Dyneema that is spliceable, non stretch, very strong yet small is size so it reduces bulk for the weight conscious backpackers. If you can get some, there are videos and pictorials on how to splice them into whoopie slings among other things (dog bones, soft shackles). Splicing is preferable to knots since Amsteel is slick and knots significantly reduce breaking strength. Whoopie slings can be bought from many vendors here if you don't want to do it yourself.
For fun and practice I have used climbing type rope at home. I like to try different sliding hitches but would not use the rope on a trip simply because of the heavier weight and bulk. In terms of breaking strength it is personal preference. Many people including me like a safety factor of 4 or 5 times your body weight to account for dynamic forces that can be applied to the suspension or if you set up closer to parallel than is ideal. The force on the suspension go up exponentially the closer the suspension is to horizontal. A 30 degrees is popular and recommended.
I saw some of shugs newbie vids. They were a huge help. I'm glad I found them before I came here with post after post of the basics.
Where could I buy already made whoopie slings? I could use those in place of the rope that's threaded through my hammock ends? That would make customizing sag incredible fast instead of having to redo the knot.