Well, I think it's done since I didn’t end up on the ground again.
My first DIY hammock!! I kinda followed the Zhammock instructions, which are great. I also went to Just Jeff's Hammock Camping website quite a bit.
I whipped the ends. My support is part spyderline and part webbing with cinch buckles. I really like this type. So quick and easy. I added a structural ridgeline and side tie-outs. I used my glow-in-the-dark line locks from the HF group buy on the side tie-outs. Love ‘em.
I pulled the corners of my Oware pad out so they can be seen in this picture.
* Weight – 1 lb, 9 oz
* Lenght - 9 ft (I meant it to be 10 ft. but it didn’t workout that way!)
* 59 inches wide so I can lay on diagonal.
* 1.1 oz polyester, double layer - material from WalMart. Digital US Marine camo.
* Ends are whipped with soft braided nylon cord from Walmart.
* Each end has 12 inches of 2.8mm spyderline from APS. Line is doubled. Attached to hammock with a larks head knot (thank you slowhike) with a 1-inch cinch buckle from OnRope1 (thank you Reeper) on the other end of spyderline.
* 13 feet of 1-inch polyester ratchet strap webbing by Cequent from WalMart on each end. (Tip from headchange4u.)
* End of webbing secured to tree with carabiner from local adventure store.
* Structural ridgeline is also 2.8 mm spyderline from APS. Ridgeline is attached at cinch buckles.
Thanks also to Oh-No and NCPatrick for their help! And to Hooch for sending me Ed Speer's hammock book.
This was a great learning experience. I want to do another one already and I know it’s gonna go a lot faster.
Lessons learned – never gear test for the first time without a crash pad. Never gear test for the first time at midnight when tired!
Hurray for HammockForums!!!! I would have never never never attempted this except for all the great information and great people I found on this forum. Thanks everyone.