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    Quote Originally Posted by Frawg View Post
    I wanted to follow up an open item from my previous post.

    I set up a quick test hang in my Northern VA back yard to check out the O-ring idea. Worked like a charm!

    Here's the setup with 7/64 Amsteel:

    The left UCR has the O-ring; right one has the slingshot tubing.

    Here's a closeup:



    I'd gotten the rings at the local Home Depot -- Danco #60, 1/8" I.D., 1/16" thick. Costs about $2 for a pack of 10, IIRC.



    14 of them weigh less than 0.05 gram, i.e., one ring weighs under 3.6 mg (.0036 g). Close enough to zero for me.

    Also, the UCR bury length was only 10" long under load. The short bury was due to a measurement error that I'd never gone back and corrected. Without a gripper it slips and lowers me (about 200#) gently to the ground. With the O-ring it holds me securely, even when bouncing around in the hammock. No hint of slippage.

    I'll probably use this method from now on.
    OK,

    Here's a question: Can you add the o-rings after the UCR is completely finished? (Duh!)

    Thanks, FH

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    Quote Originally Posted by FontanaHorseman View Post
    OK,

    Here's a question: Can you add the o-rings after the UCR is completely finished? (Duh!)

    Thanks, FH
    Yes indeed -- that's how I did it.

    I used the barrel of a ball point pen, tapered at one end and open at the other. Roll the O-ring onto the tapered end, insert the two end segments of the UCR -- i.e., the bury's fixed eye and the end of the inner 'static' section -- inside the pen, then roll the O-ring along the barrel onto the UCR. You can then slide or roll the ring to the proper position.

    Hope that helps!
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    Anyone tried whipping the constrictor end with a bit of fishing line instead of an o-ring?
    Seems it would be more durable than an o-ring, stretchy enough, and nearly non-existent from a weight perspective.
    Might even need as little as a single wrap around the constrictor.
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    I set up a quick test hang in my Northern VA back yard to check out the O-ring idea. Worked like a charm!



    I'd gotten the rings at the local Home Depot -- Danco #60, 1/8" I.D., 1/16" thick. Costs about $2 for a pack of 10, IIRC.
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    As luck would have it, I need to stop at Home Depot this weekend. I'll pick me up a set. Thanks, Frawg.
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