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    @Mad? where's the pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Well, I only made one hammock this weekend with the mini-spreader bar. Wow! Was it comfortable!

    BUT.....

    I cut the hammock radically different than my other hammocks. I know, I know. I'm only supposed to change ONE thing at a time. So now I'm making the mini-spreader bar mod to two identical hammocks, but it will be next weekend before I can test.
    Aww... How can you say all that without explaining anything?

    How'd ya cut the hammock so differently? Why? Where? What for?

    Details, man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hppyfngy View Post
    Aww... How can you say all that without explaining anything?

    How'd ya cut the hammock so differently? Why? Where? What for?

    Details, man!
    Yeah, what he said, and is it gonna blow our mind!?
    Last edited by Redoleary; 07-23-2012 at 04:00.
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    Still tinkering with the cut. But my newfound comfort may be due only to the bar. Hence the need to isolate the changes and do an apples to apples comparison of both the bar and the cut.

    Not to worry. Full disclosure will be forthcoming when I figure it out!

    Back to the laboratory!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Yeah, what he said, and is if gonna blow our mind!?
    You're a bad, bad man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    This could work...I'm unclear whether or not the bar will have to be locked in position, although it appears that forces will be equal and opposite.

    Consider holes v. slots so your bar stays attached and doesn't run away from home. Like Red, looking forward to pics.
    OG,

    I've been reviewing the entire thread again. I keep going back to the purpose of a spreader bar is to spread and hold the fabric. The closer the hammock rides against the spreader, the better it keeps the hammock open. So far I think most efforts are partially successful at this, at least on my attempts that is the case. Tried a couple of different variations using a 7.5-inch dowel, holes at 1-inch from ends, and my 12-inch amsteel loops. Can't keep the end channel tight against the dowel, has a short arc like other pics herein.
    Since I'm using this on a TTTR Switchback, I've decided to run both the dowel and the loop thru the channel. This eliminates knots and other secondary loops to hold the spreader in place. I'm also thinking this should fix the "bunching" issue. Two questions remain: 1) will the fabric slip along the dowel; and 2) which is going to work best - loop thru the holes or thru end slots. Slots would make for quick detachment.
    Pics and more details after I play with it tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Yeah, what he said, and is if gonna blow our mind!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockdawg69 View Post
    OG,

    I've been reviewing the entire thread again. I keep going back to the purpose of a spreader bar is to spread and hold the fabric. The closer the hammock rides against the spreader, the better it keeps the hammock open. So far I think most efforts are partially successful at this, at least on my attempts that is the case. Tried a couple of different variations using a 7.5-inch dowel, holes at 1-inch from ends, and my 12-inch amsteel loops. Can't keep the end channel tight against the dowel, has a short arc like other pics herein.
    Since I'm using this on a TTTR Switchback, I've decided to run both the dowel and the loop thru the channel. This eliminates knots and other secondary loops to hold the spreader in place. I'm also thinking this should fix the "bunching" issue. Two questions remain: 1) will the fabric slip along the dowel; and 2) which is going to work best - loop thru the holes or thru end slots. Slots would make for quick detachment.
    Pics and more details after I play with it tomorrow.
    I *think* a short arc is desirable. I doubt that the fabric will slip along the dowel, but again, a bit of arc may be a good thing, so i'm not so sure about eliminating that. I prefer holes, because I believe in Murphy, and what can be lost, will.

    I have had a lot of wine...compensate accordingly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockdawg69 View Post
    OG,

    The closer the hammock rides against the spreader, the better it keeps the hammock open. So far I think most efforts are partially successful at this, at least on my attempts that is the case.
    In my one test using NewHanger's method, the fabric stayed about as close as it could get to the bar (touching it) and it stayed spread out over 90% of the loop. My holes were spaced 5" apart and the two lines forming the other two sides of the triangle were also 5", forming an equilateral triangle. The bar did not ride up at all into the triangle.

    I used a 6" long, 5/8" diameter hardwood dowel and dynaglide. The additional weight is 1.2 ounces. My 1.5 oz/sy, 11' foot hammock complete with suspension, before this mod, weighed 12.8 ounces. So this is a 10% increase in weight.
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