As I mentioned earlier today in the First Hammock Experiment- Fail post. I decided to go to Joann's and get some fabric to build my own hammock.
I found some non-ripstop nylon that felt really tough. I have no idea if it's 1.7 or 1.9 but it's heavy duty for sure. I bought 4 yards. I also got some polypro webbing for my tree straps (although I have plenty of climbing webbing) and some good quality nylon thread.
I then went to Sportsman's Warehouse and bought some Sterling 4mm cord rated at 1034 lbs.
As per Just John's DIY instructions I cut 9 1/2 feet from the 12 feet of cloth leaving me with more than enough left over to make several stuff sacks. After about 15 minutes of trying to remember how the sewing machine works I stared sewing. (Years ago I made a bunch of Frostline kits. A sleeping pad, a jacket, and a backpack. So I have sewn at one point in my life several decades ago)
Once I got the beast figured out I rolled the edge and ran a seam all the way around. Then I rolled the edge and sewed it again.
I gathered the ends and whipped them. Then I went outside and tried it out. Here's what I ended up with.
At first I tried tying it to a loop in the tree webbing. But the webbing knots get so tight that it's tough to adjust.
So I tried a marlin spike.
That seemed to work great. I tried it out and nothing broke or ripped.
Things I've learned already:
1) That Sterling cord stretches way too much. As I sit in the hammock I can see it moving and stretching.
2) I can absolutely see the advantage of a structural ridge line. As I lay in the hammock it wants to fold up along it's length. It's not easy to lay at a diagonal. I can see how setting the sag would be really helpful.
3) I think I'm hooked. I found Shug's videos on Wednesday. I bought the book "Hammock Camping" yesterday. I joined HF last night and I built a hammock today. Is there an hammock intervention meeting I can go to?