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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    Like that eyebolt/ s hook suspension! Did you notice any difference in the flex on the toprail using the EMT?
    Thanks, I like it too OD. The way the suspension is attached right at the eyebolt, it's practically hanging from the S hooks.

    It doesn't flex at all. I only weigh 180#, but I don't know how it could flex much, no matter who's in it.
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  2. #512
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    I had a fail today after attempting this build. Sorry, no pics.

    Went to HD. They didn't have any fence parts for the top rail. Got three 4 foot sections of 1/2 inch galvanized pipe plus connectors instead. These were quite substantial feeling sections of pipe. After building the stands and being excited to try the hammock, my Scout colleague that had been working with me on the project leisurely lowered himself into the hammock and... WHAM! One of the couplings connecting the top rail sections gives way-he goes to ground, the pipe comes down on him, and the wooden stands start to collapse and fall on him! Fortunately, he just bit his tongue (the deceleration got him). I was able to grab one tripod and part of the pipe before it hit him. Not good.

    Mission tomorrow: find a replacement ridge pole.

    Bruce

  3. #513
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdaabat View Post
    I had a fail today after attempting this build. Sorry, no pics.

    Went to HD. They didn't have any fence parts for the top rail. Got three 4 foot sections of 1/2 inch galvanized pipe plus connectors instead. These were quite substantial feeling sections of pipe. After building the stands and being excited to try the hammock, my Scout colleague that had been working with me on the project leisurely lowered himself into the hammock and... WHAM! One of the couplings connecting the top rail sections gives way-he goes to ground, the pipe comes down on him, and the wooden stands start to collapse and fall on him! Fortunately, he just bit his tongue (the deceleration got him). I was able to grab one tripod and part of the pipe before it hit him. Not good.

    Mission tomorrow: find a replacement ridge pole.

    Bruce
    Oooh Bruce, glad your friend didn't get really hurt.

    There is potential for injury in these things. That's for sure.

    Everyone needs to take extra care especially when loading and unloading these contraptions. There's a lot there that could hurt you.
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    Awesome! This is what I want to make first!
    Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are........

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    Awesome job! I want one!
    Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are........

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdaabat View Post
    I had a fail today after attempting this build.

    Bruce
    So, it sounds like I should borrow my son's ice hockey gear before trying one of these!

    Glad no one was seriously hurt!
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    Glad no one was hurt any worse. Now we know something else that isn't a good idea.
    hppyfngy has a nice twist on the 1'' emt. I have a spare 10' section of that and may try his method myself.

  8. #518
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    Quote Originally Posted by njredneck View Post
    I use 1" emt for my top rail 2-6' sections coupling holding them together with a short piece of 3/4" inside to stiffen everything up. Very little flex with 230# in hammock
    Hey njredneck: do you have any pics of that coupling section?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hppyfngy View Post
    For this outdoor version, I just used a section of 1" EMT for the ridge pole. Shoved a hunk of treated lumber in the ends and drilled through to attach a 5/16" eye bolt and hung with an S hook and an amsteel dog bone. Works great and easy and quick to take apart.

    Hey hppyfngy: love the S hook! Do you happen to know what size S hook you used? Did you have to drill out the hole in the hinge to get the hook to fit properly?

    Thanks!

    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdaabat View Post
    I had a fail today after attempting this build.

    Bruce
    Glad that there were no serious injuries. Was the coupling a standard EMT coupling?
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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