I have seen lots of posts like this, but here is another. I started getting interested in the hammock option for light weight camping and of course found this excellent forum. Blah, blah, blah, ... found a used Hennessy for cheap and liked it... blah, blah, blah,..... got some fabric...... blah, .... put up eye bolts in the garage..... blah, blah. And I finally got the opportunity to make my own. blah blah.. The wife was out of town with the kid, and I could move furniture to open up a space big enough to roll out the fabric.....blah blah ... almost as addictive as making soda can stoves.... blah blah .... blisters on my fingers from whipping the ends over and over... ..... Anyway here are my questions for the experts after my first attempts.
My fabric is like 67" wide with sort of finished edges. So, I didn't even do any hems. I just cut it real long and tried whipping it at different lengths, and in different ways. I have seen comments along the lines of "the wider the better" but there was a lot of extra fabric flopping around. Is 67" too wide? and if so how much should I cut it down?
My other questions have to do with the supports. I rigged up an adustable ridge line out of the rope that came with the Byer Amazonas Microrope set up and was using motorcycle tie downs off my eyebolts. This made it easy to quickly adjust sag while testing things out. I would want the backpacking version to be more lightweight. I snagged some mule tape off the guys digging up my yard for the Verizon Fios ( "Por favor? " point at giant roll of tape, point at self, "Gracias" ) and thought that would be my tree huggers. And I found some stuff at the hardware store ( a real hardware store not a depot or home center ) that was called starter cord. It is for winding the starters on small engines. It comes in different thicknesses and the guy says it is stronger than the regular SB Nylon they carry. It has a little bit of red woven in with the white. I thought of this for the ridge line and supports off the hammock. Does anyone have any advice, opinions, or info on these three things: the mule tape, the starter cord, or the Byer Amazonas Microrope