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    Here's the trick. Take three stud length 2x4s and nail them together floor to ceiling on either side of the room. Run a 2x4, cut to fit tightly, across the room and tight against the ceiling to fit snuggly between the jacks (the sets of nailed together 2x4's). Scew a block of wood to the floor, tightly against the bottom of both jacks. Now this next part can be a bit of a trick. You want to drill a 3/8 hole into the jacks towards the wall at the top and bottom, no more than 2 - 2 1/2 inches. Place a 3 inch drywall screw in each and tighten securely. Insert your eyebolts as needed and hang that hammock.
    Now this was a rather grewsome and simple method, but you could dress the frame up up with paint or stain, do some routing, even use some decorative posts. In the end, it's your hang. As far as the hammock is concerned. My boys prefer a Wal Mart canvas painters drop cloth.
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    Already came up with a fix that should work. The stand I have is made of three parts. I can just use a shorter base bar so that they're not so far apart. I think pvc will be strong enough if I can't find the same diameter pipe in metal.

    I am still confused about the loops at the ends and, hemming, and determining what fabric size to use. A guy on youtube said to add 7 inches to your height to determine the length of fabric to use but didn't mention anything about width. Is this is a good rule of thumb to use?

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    Most here use height + 4'. If you pick up 4 yds it should be 60" wide. You won't need it all but you will want to sew up a ridge line organizer later.Start at 11' with a temporary whip, try that and see how it feels. Rewhip at 10 1/2' and try it. There is an amazing amount of information in the diy forum. Don't be in a big hurry, Enjoy the fun!
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    I'd go 4'+ if I could but I'm stuck with the base I already have. It's probably best that it's a bit lower just in case I were to fall on the base of the support.

    Do I really need a ridgeline or ridgeline orgranizer? John Sawyer said it's not very useful in an indoor setting which is exactly what my hammock will be for.

    What do the terms whip and rewhip mean? I couldn't find them in the glossary http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=192

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    Go to the diy forum and read the two stickys, Knotty's gathered end hammock and headchange4u's hennesey clone. After those check out Grizz's series on the grizzbridge for a little something different. Most of your questions are answered there.
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    And for what it's worth, you'll also find that many here use their height plus just TWO feet for hammock length. That will fit your space better and still be comfortable. 60" width is standard.

    Knotty's post about making a gathered-end hammock is great. Many people have also just tied a simple overhand knot at each end. My first hammock used a whipping like the Boy Scouts teach, holding a 2" steel ring inside a fold of fabric. It worked, but was ugly and heavy. . So I "re-whipped" the end to make it lighter and prettier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RootCause View Post
    And for what it's worth, you'll also find that many here use their height plus just TWO feet for hammock length:
    Wha? If I did that my hammock would only be 7 foot. That's shorter than my ENO which is only 8' but when I got into a 10 foot hammock I fell in love! But I really like to get diagonal for a flatter lay.
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    I like knotty's tutorial. I think I'd also like to do a double layered hammock since it's going to be getting very cold soon. I'm kind of confused about the hemming transition though. I've been studying this pic:

    It goes from a single hem to two individual hems. I understand what it means but it just seems awkward.

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    The different hems allow the layers to seperate/open in that area, kinda like a pillowcase. That allows the user to slide a pad in between the layers.
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    I understand that. I don't understand the transition.


    In some parts both layers are folded over and hemmed together, in the parts where the opening is so you can put pad between the layers, the layers are hemmed individually. It just doesn't seem like a smooth transition.

    Take two pieces of paper that are pressed together and then fold both of them together. This is how the hem is for both. Now somewhere down the length of the paper fold the pieces individually. Do you see what I mean? This spot of transition seems awkward.
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