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    Ridge Line / Foot Line Combo

    Hi Guys,

    Over the weekend I was stuffing about with some lines on my set-up and came about the following which seems to work OK.

    I run a gathered end hammock and have not used a ridge line in the past but was keen to see if I could get a more consistent and easy to set-up hang. I have had a foot line permanently attached to the hammock for a little while now and thought that a combo line could work.

    I removed the fixed length foot line and started playing.

    I cut a larger length of 550 and a small 'line lok" (from the HF store, BTW, love the greeting cards that are now available) and off I went.

    Maybe what I came up with is not a true ridge line? But it sure did help in set-up and being able to get a consistent diagonal lie. Anyhow, I set the hammock up and got it just sweet. Added the line and adjusted the ridge line to be the 'correct' taughtness (is that even a word?) by use of the line lok. I marked on the line where that setting was. I then adjusted the line lok so the line was longer and could be used as a foot line.

    It seems to work great for me! I end up attaching it to the decender rings, which then saw me readjust the markings on the lines to compensate for the additional length.
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    dual purpose, very good.

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    Fantastic idea! You get extra points for such a simple solution
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    Right on time. I was thinking of something way more difficult for the same purpose. Thanks.

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    Very nice. I would think that the 550 cord would be too stretchy for the ridgeline, being nylon. It may slowly stretch out overnight and change the lay. Just a few centimeters of change can make a big difference as I understand it. Anyway would be interested to know if stretch is a problem. Still, cool duel use item and you can always switch out the cord if stretch is a problem.
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    Thanks Guys - I'm a simple guy!!

    SlowBro - I'll be trying out out in a backyard hang tonight so I'll let you know...

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    Not to mention, the ridge line will be out of your way (dangling in you face, etc.) as it is being used as a foot line.

    Nice.
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    My only concern would be if the line lok can take the load. People have snapped ridgelines so there must be times when the load is a couple hundred pounds or more.

    Also, only because you asked..."taut" applies in the world of rope as opposed to "taught" which is something our school teachers did.
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    Nice work

    I made a similar adjustable ridgeline for the DIY hammock I made for my gf. I attached a short piece of amsteel to one end and a longer piece to the other end. Then I buried the long section through the short (a la whoopie sling). The idea was to put a stopper of some sort that would hit the bury at the proper RL length and another stopper near the end for the right foot line length.

    As it turned out, I didn't have quite enough length for the foot line, but I plan to fix it once my order from Opie comes in.

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    Nice 1 Lepmeister. Great idea. Like matto said, if you are worried about the strength of the line-loc or stretch in the paracord you could always create an extra long whoopie sling or UCR in dynaglide, zing-it or lash-it. I will definately be giving this a go on the weekend.
    Last edited by Rikall; 02-24-2011 at 01:55. Reason: Giving credit to matto for mentioning it first. :)

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