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    Lou's Bridge

    I've finished my test bridge hammock.

    I've wanted to test one of these to see if I would like it. Mostly, because I want to use a pad instead of a UQ for trips that I might need to go to ground. I was kind of banana shaped, mostly because my test trees are not far enough apart. I will probably take the dog for a walk to the park to find a more suitable location.

    I only hung it in for about 5 minutes. I did notice shoulder squeeze, more than I was expecting. The short hang was partly due to me hanging in Shell Gas station's backyard with my dog, but mostly because I didn't trust the dowels to hold.

    And a little apprehensive of my suspension.

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    The hammock looks nice. It does look like a short hanging distance - I hope you find it more comfortable when you get a chance to hang between good trees.

    I can't tell what size the dowels are, but they look to be plenty strong to me.
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    The dowels would be strong enough, it was my poor skill at drilling that I don't trust. I had to shorten the foot end dowel by 3" because I drilled out the side of the dowel. None of the holes are centered nor straight. I'm a bit nervous about the inserts not sitting in there snugly and putting more centralized pressure on them.

    The trees are way too close. I had to double up the whoopie slings just to get it off of the ground.

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    I dig. Do you have a pattern or some dimensions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljcsov View Post
    I dig. Do you have a pattern or some dimensions?
    No, I just kind of went off of TeeDee's design principles. I decided to use cord over straps because that is what I had on hand. I knew adding a bug net would be difficult with cord, but I think I have a good way around that issue. Also, this is a test hammock. The material is some polyester from WalMart, not sure what it is. If I like the hammock, I will make a field one with material I want to use and make some changes from what I learned while making this test one.

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    I used Grizz's setup with a 36" spreader bar and an arc of 53" between then the tips. The shoulder squeeze didn't bother me at first, the more I used it, the more it bothered me.

    I took my first bridge hammock, which wasn't cosmetically elegant and sewed it up to eliminate 8 of the 53" and it was a lot more comfortable (45/36=1.25 ratio).

    My next bridge will have a spreader of 39" and a ratio of 1.15. Do a search on chrysalis. I believe it's ratio was 1.07. BER has posted on the subject and has a nice table.

    As the ratio approaches 1, the hammock becomes more shallow and less stable. You can calculate the shoulder squeeze angles using trig, but I won't go into it on typing with my iPhone. Also if you change the spreader bay you also have to change your suspension triangles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetLou View Post
    The dowels would be strong enough, it was my poor skill at drilling that I don't trust. I had to shorten the foot end dowel by 3" because I drilled out the side of the dowel. None of the holes are centered nor straight. I'm a bit nervous about the inserts not sitting in there snugly and putting more centralized pressure on them.

    The trees are way too close. I had to double up the whoopie slings just to get it off of the ground.
    I don't think you don't have to worry too much about the holes being centered on the dowels. The center dowel is there mostly to hold the dowel in place. All the force is places on the larger dowel so you should be good. Also watch out for that toggle. In the famous words of Shug "The know not the toggle". I like to take my tail and tie a loose half hitch back u the strap. Now I got Dutch Buckles and don't have to worry about it.
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