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    It's been mentioned a few time, but I guess I wanted to +1 the idea of a longer hammock for you, 8' finished is awfully short, and I'd be a little concerned that you'll be sacrificing some comfort. It's generally accepted that a longer hammock adds to the flatness of the lay. My 2 cents. Awesome shopping list though!
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    Roadrunner makes a good point, besides you'll need stuff stacks for all your new gear.

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    Cost savings is based upon a lot of factors. Not the least of which is your level of skill in both product and process. I personally do not recommend the DIY route solely on the basis of cost savings.

    That being said... if cost is taken out of the equation. if you enjoy the project and you have the equipment then by all means go for it. Just count more than the pennies. I've always been disappointed when I figure the project on the sole basis of cost. But I do like to make my own stuff.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    I've ordered a down filled pillow from ebay (waiting for it to arrive still) that I plan to use the down to fill both a TQ and UQ. Hard to beat the down per dollar.
    Indeed! A pound of 800 fill for 44 USD, shipping incl.?!
    I'm paying 80EUR for that amount of 700 fill (european rated) from extremtextil.

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    You may also want to keep an eye on eBay for used down sleeping bags. I got a Gerry that weighs about 4 lbs for $35. I also got a Snow Lion bag for $40. I plan to convert them to TQs. Also, check out your local yard sales for down bags or down pillows. You will be surprised the deals you can find.
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    Definitely 4 yds. for the hammock, even if you decide to cut the fabric at 11' eventually. You're saving significantly by using 1.5 oz and a single layer (smart move, IMO). The nice thing about a gathered end hammock is that it's so easy to modify, i. e. make shorter. You can test shorter lengths before you cut off the excess, too.

    Do you have any part-time or extra income source? Eight hours of paid labor might give you the funds to save 20 hours or more of your own time. Just sayin' . I don't want you to miss out on the fun of DIY, just pick the parts that'll give you the most benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrClockWork View Post
    Hammock:
    3yds- 1.5 ripstop (I am 220lbs) -> DIYgearsupply.com= $10.05
    30ft- 7/64 amsteel -> DIYgearsupply.com= $7.50
    20ft- 1" polyester webbing -> DIYgearsupply.com= $8.00
    COMMENT: I don't see a bugnet solution listed. If you don't care about netting that's fine. I just thought I would give a heads up.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Senior Member MrClockWork's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueSkies View Post
    It's been mentioned a few time, but I guess I wanted to +1 the idea of a longer hammock for you, 8' finished is awfully short, and I'd be a little concerned that you'll be sacrificing some comfort. It's generally accepted that a longer hammock adds to the flatness of the lay. My 2 cents. Awesome shopping list though!
    longer will happen, even if it ends up getting cut shorter eventually. Comfort is definitely a priority! I mean, it is a hammock after all

    Quote Originally Posted by Bannerstone View Post
    Roadrunner makes a good point, besides you'll need stuff stacks for all your new gear.David
    I was going for more of just the setup approach although I will probably just use a compactor bag/pack liner for all my insulation, I assume I will have enough scrap from the extra ripstop to make a bishop bag for my hammock and enough extra no-see-um (see below) for snakeskins/tarp bishop bag

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Cost savings is based upon a lot of factors. Not the least of which is your level of skill in both product and process. I personally do not recommend the DIY route solely on the basis of cost savings.

    That being said... if cost is taken out of the equation. if you enjoy the project and you have the equipment then by all means go for it. Just count more than the pennies. I've always been disappointed when I figure the project on the sole basis of cost. But I do like to make my own stuff.
    I already have the sewing machine so cast savings is part of the motivation but I currently live in an apartment so I need something to tinker on to maintain my sanity You know what they say about idle hands

    Quote Originally Posted by BajaHanger View Post
    You may also want to keep an eye on eBay for used down sleeping bags. I got a Gerry that weighs about 4 lbs for $35. I also got a Snow Lion bag for $40. I plan to convert them to TQs. Also, check out your local yard sales for down bags or down pillows. You will be surprised the deals you can find.
    I def have the next REI garage sale on my calendar to look for bags to convert, especially since that is the biggest expense of the whole set up. I am not a gram weenie but I certainly am weight conscious and I almost cringe at the though of a bag/TQ being over 2lbs for 3 season.

    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    I don't want you to miss out on the fun of DIY, just pick the parts that'll give you the most benefit.
    No extra income but I was definitely strategic with my Christmas list

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    COMMENT: I don't see a bugnet solution listed. If you don't care about netting that's fine. I just thought I would give a heads up.
    Good point... I like Papa Smurf's bug sock so here goes.
    4 yds nanoseeum from Thru-hiker -> $31.80
    10ft 3/32" shock cord from DIYGS -> $2.00
    (2) cord locks from DIYGS -> $0.46

    I think that is about as 3-season as we can get. I have also been thinking about trying to make this as modular as possible to stretch into 4-season. Maybe an IX insert for my UQ or a small GG thinlite pad as well as layering quilts and making a winter sock from 1.1 or another fabric. I will frun some numbers on this and start a "$xxx DIY 4 season set up" thread soon. Thanks for the input guys

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    Question where are you getting your materials a friend of mine whose not on the forums is wanting to make a diy setup
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    Quote Originally Posted by sawgrassbrothers View Post
    Question where are you getting your materials a friend of mine whose not on the forums is wanting to make a diy setup

    From the first post:

    Quote Originally Posted by MrClockWork View Post

    Hammock:
    3yds- 1.5 ripstop (I am 220lbs) -> DIYgearsupply.com= $10.05
    30ft- 7/64 amsteel -> DIYgearsupply.com= $7.50
    20ft- 1" polyester webbing -> DIYgearsupply.com= $8.00

    Tarp: (going for something similar to a Big Daddy or Mamba Jamba
    7yds- 1.1 silnylon 2nds -> DIYgearsupply.com= $38.50
    3yds- 1/2" grosgain -> DIYgearsupply.com= $0.84
    6 linelocs -> DIYgearsupply.com= $1.64

    UQ: (will be upgraded to down eventually. Wife will inherit this one)
    4yds- 1.1 ripstop -> DIYgearsupply.com= $12.80
    2yds- 5.0 oz ClimaSheild Apex -> Thru-hiker.com= $31.90
    25ft- 1/8" shockcord -> DIYgearsupply.com= $6.25

    TQ
    kit from Thru-hiker.com= $159.95

    100ft of Zing-it for guylines and ridgelines from outdoortrailgear.com= $22.00

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