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    The Pisgah Dreamer - DIY Hammock

    Well, I'm almost finished with my first DIY project. I could have started with a stuff sack, but I decided to do a double layer hammock with bug net instead

    I started with 11 foot-long pieces of 1.1oz ripstop seconds from DIY Gear Supply, which were cut as parallelograms, with the long sides being offset by 6 inches. The pieces were however wide the fabric came, which was between 60-65 inches. The bug net will zip all the way down from the top, and roll up into a peak bag, like the 2QZQ mod #4, only not nearly as well-executed. Getting that third zipper slider on there was a bit of a pain. The whipping is like the Warbonnet whipping, but only using the whoopie sling. This whipping tightens on itself, and seems to work really well.

    I gave my HH Exped to my girlfriend (currently on its way back from 2QZQ), because at 6'0", it was a little cramped. The Pisgah Dreamer, however, is really spacious, and super comfy. Like I said, it's a double layer, so I can slip a pad in there until my next DIY project (2 UQs) is done. The ridgeline is also detachable, thanks to the Dutch Ridgeline Biner.

    Anyway, here are some pics. I'll post more when it's finished.










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    Very nicely done!!
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    Wow! That's a sweet looking hammock. Great job on your 1st DIY project.
    Good idea about the double layer until you get the UQ's done.
    Definitely keep us posted as you go along on it.
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    Great work! Thanks for sharing.

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    Looks great RB. How was the zipper work? A hammock is my next project, which thanks to all the great posts here seems like it will manageable. The thought of zippers has got me a little squeamish though.

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    Let's see some pics with the bugnet
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    Getting one or two sliders on a zipper is really easy. Getting that third one on was a struggle. Not sure how exactly I finally got it on, but it finally went after quite a bit of tugging. I'm sure there's an easier way. Also, my sides are sewn together near the ends to form a bit of a tube, like HC4U's DIY HH instructions. If you're going that route, I would recommend sewing the zippers to the ripstop before sewing the "tube" together. It's a little difficult getting in the corners where the zippers come together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdbart View Post
    Let's see some pics with the bugnet
    I have to cut it out and sew it to the zipper first. Hopefully doing that tonight. I'll post more pics as it progresses.

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    So the bugnet won't be removable if I am understanding right. Why the 3rd zipper pull?
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    Not totally removable, because the zipper doesn't separate on the bottom. Didn't feel like searching for sleeping bags with separating zippers that would work. One slider on one side, and three on the other. That way, I can open up the one side, with two of the sliders, and have them in the middle and reachable for easy in and out. Or, I can pull the one slider from the opposite side to the bottom, and all three from the main side all the way down, and then roll the netting up into a small stuff sack connected to the ridgeline at the foot end, so it's practically removed. If you go to the 2QZQ site and look at mod #4, it's the same premise.

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