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    Long separable zipper

    Hi everyone,

    I am looking at upgrading my hammock setup with a DIY model. I would like to do a zipper removable bugnet/nylon cover (one or the other on the hammock at any given time). I am having a little trouble sourcing the zipper that I need. I am thinking it will take at least 240", if not more. All I have been able to find is this:

    120" #10 Black
    http://www.csctextiles.com/Zpr-03.htm


    264" #5 White
    http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat20.htm


    I'd really like something at least 240", #5, and black, although that sencond option isn't a terrible compromise.


    Anybody have any ideas?

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    You might try someplace like Seattle Fabrics or Outdoor Wilderness. Fabrics. They should sell zippers by the inch. And should be able to fix you up with what you need.
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    I have taken a look at those spots, but the only separating zippers they have are the length needed for coats. The by the yard bulk zippers cannot be made into a separating zipper. The only long separating ones I found were in the links above. I know I can go with the white #5 but I was really hoping to find some in black.

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    Most fabric stores (locally joann/hancock) stock a 110" sleeping bag zipper that is separable. The ones around here run about 15$ or so.

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    I know it's a stretch, but couldn't you use 2-120" zippers. Have them zip towards each other in the middle. I know it gives you a weight hit, and an extra step, but you could get in the hammock without having to unzip 3/4 of the netting.

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    I used a 110" sleeping bag zip from JoAnn's on my diy hammock. With 2 zips as suggested and some velcro at the points where the hammock and suspension meet, it would work.
    Do a full zip on each side with velcro at the peaks.

    Getting a zipper to make the turn/radius at the peak may be tough anyways.
    Possibly use fabric triangles at the hammock peak to smooth the transition?
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    The best approach is to use 2 zippers (one on each side). To use one will be very dificult to zip at the gathered ends of the hammock.

    2QZQ convert allot of HH hammocks to have a removable bugnet and if you visit their web site, click on Hennessy zipper mods and you can see how they do that. Mod 4 is what you probably want to do in your application.
    Last edited by BOB1520; 07-30-2010 at 21:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldManJames View Post
    I have taken a look at those spots, but the only separating zippers they have are the length needed for coats. The by the yard bulk zippers cannot be made into a separating zipper. The only long separating ones I found were in the links above. I know I can go with the white #5 but I was really hoping to find some in black.
    Actually they can ... stick to coil zippers and buy the pulls separately and the zipper by the bulk. That's what I did to make my DIY Jerry5 hammock

    Zippers, pulls and what-not can be purchase from Quest Outfitters ... good people, helpful and I highly reccmd them.

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    I have a bunch of white 10 foot and 20 foot seperating zippers. PM me if they will help.
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    http://www.lenzip.com/
    This zipper manufacturer makes custom sized zippers. Check em out.
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