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    Changing ropes

    I'm not going to do it now, I'm just curious about how things work.

    If I at some point want to change the ropes on my hammock, how do it get to the "attachment point"? The ends of the hammock are sort of enveloped in fabric that isn't easily removable.

    I *think* the thing is hold together by what looks like a simple zip-tie. So I cut that zip-tie and all will be revealed? After I've done the job I use a new zip-tie to close things up. Is that right?

    What's in there? How is the rope connected to the hammock fabric? I hope it isn't sewn to it...

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    If you remove the cover you’ll see that the ropes are simply knotted through holes melted into the hammock. Changing to fixed loops is pretty straightforward after that.


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    OK. Thanks. And I remove the cover by cutting the zip-tie as I thought?

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    Yes. And it slides right off. If you don’t do your own splicing, Dutchware has a dogbone in Amstel that works for Hennessy hammocks.


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    I think hennessy got rid of the melted hole setup a few years back. My old (15yrs) Explorer UL has that setup. But now I think they whipped the ends then sewed a big webbing loop to the end. Now the ropes are just attached to that loop.

    Yep, just snip the zip tie and it should be pretty apparent what you need to do.

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    Thanks for the clarification zukiguy!


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    Thank you guys! Feels good to know how things are done before they need to be done.

    Hope mine doesn't need splicing. I do know how to splice, but my practice is on thicker ropes when I had a sailing boat. This rope is rather thin and sort of stiff, not soft and flexible as the ropes I'm used to. But the hammock is brand new, so I guess there won't be any need.

    I also feel the ropes are a little short. I've practiced on the Hennessy knot, and that takes away almost half the length. So maybe I'll find I want to replace them for longer ropes (rather than joining another rope to the old one).

    On that note, is it safe to use the tree huggers as I've seen done on other hammocks (YouTube)? Instead of wrapping the webbing one or several times around the tree and fasten the rope to both loops, they wrap it just once and then pull one end of the webbing through the loop on the other end and hang the hammock from the loop on the end that went through the loop.

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    Although I use dutchware bling for my ends, that method is perfectly fine.


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    Thank you. I was afraid it would somehow put additional strain on the webbing. But when I think of it, it's probably the same load.

    I'll see if I get some kind of easier to adjust setup later. I thought I'd start with knotting and learn from scratch, so to speak. See how that feels. And I kinda like ropes and knots.

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