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    Senior Member Harstad's Avatar
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    [QUOTE] Originally Posted by Jakerock
    ...I dont understand going thru all of that trouble to use seat belt material...
    Enlighten me.[QUOTE]


    [QUOTE=Harstad;610744]When you live at the nothermost outpost of Europe, all the wonderfull ropes, webbings and fabrics mentioned at HF are (almost) out of reach. [QUOTE]

    On the other hand. If you are reffering to why anyone would cut seat belt lengthwise to make thinner straps I dont see the light myself.

    The whole point of the seat belt as a tree hugger is the width.



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    I got some seatbelts from a junk yard because they were cheap. They are very heavy, so I tried cutting them in half lengthwise by melting them with the tip of a soldering iron. It was very slow, difficult work, and the exposed (melted) edge was, indeed, pretty jagged. Nevertheless, they work, and I believe they are plenty strong. I don't think it was worth the effort. I still use them occasionally for backyard testing, though.

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    My first set of "real" treestraps were made from a long "winch the boat onto the trailer" strap. Poly seatbelt material that started at about 20 feet long or so. Cut it in half, tied a bowline knot in each end of both pieces. They still work just fine now even though I have a strapworks setup. When I'm lounging in the backyard I use them to add a little extra protection to the bark of my trees. A full turn around the tree, and hook my suspension caribiner through both loops. I might be a little paranoid, but I value my trees quite a bit. I'd do the same thing in parks, and state parks also. More wraps around the tree spreads the force over a wider area. (my theory anyway)
    I would not split it down the middle to make it thinner.

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