I used the round poles. Yes more expensive, but in my opinion more aesthetically pleasing. I used the eyebolt method of connecting the poles, but lashing works too. I also just used 6' poles at 1.25" diameter, which were $1.50 a foot. Worked fine with a 10.5' ridge pole. My son's uses 5'x1" broom handles. Works fine for his <100# weight.
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I have made two sets of the turtledog stands, but instead of hardware, I used 550 cord simply because I have way too much of it. The only concerns I have are the single strand loops I made for the crossbar to rest in and a separate set of loops on the ends for the hammock to connect to.
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For the first leisure hang they seemed fine, but I was wondering how they would hold up for an overnighter. I am 230 lbs and was wondering if anyone has had issues with 550 cord giving out?
I used the fisherman's knot to form the loop in 550 - knots reduce cord working strength. I think you'll be OK but hang close to the ground just in case.
You could always double up - make another loop over the ridge pole for safety sake.
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I would've thought you'd be fine using 550 to hang from......personally, I'd do a double loop just to make sure.....I mean, you never know when the dogs gonna try and join you!!!!
Can you post a tutorial on how to make it?! PLLLEAAASSSEEEE!