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    Amsteel diameter

    What diameter amsteel would you recommend for use on a DIY hammock. Looking for approx 250# capacity. What other factors "trig equations" need to be considered???

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    A general rule of thumb is a 5 to 1 safety ratio. Your weight x 5 = 1250 lbs. Therefore, 7/64 Amsteel is sufficient. If you are really paranoid, get the 1/8" Amsteel, though I think it's overkill.

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    Thank you! It's been a long winter and trying a few ideas. Thanks for your help!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    A general rule of thumb is a 5 to 1 safety ratio. Your weight x 5 = 1250 lbs. Therefore, 7/64 Amsteel is sufficient. If you are really paranoid, get the 1/8" Amsteel, though I think it's overkill.
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    I forgot to mention why 7/64" is sufficient - 1600 lbs. breaking strength.

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    Re: Amsteel diameter

    7/64 has held me and my daughter swinging pretty good several times... We are about 240 together...
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    Yep, 7/64" will work just fine.

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    I made my first set of DIY Whoopie Slings with 5/16, because that's all the West Marine by me had.

    They are too bulky, but not really that much heavier than my 7/64 set. I put them on a spare DIY hammock I use for my kids. And hey I can always use them to tow a car with the 13,700lb breaking weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfanboy View Post
    I made my first set of DIY Whoopie Slings with 5/16, because that's all the West Marine by me had.

    They are too bulky, but not really that much heavier than my 7/64 set. I put them on a spare DIY hammock I use for my kids. And hey I can always use them to tow a car with the 13,700lb breaking weight.
    Wow! No worries about those breaking Congrats on your first DIY set.

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    No doubt, but now I am an old hat at them, super fun, learning lots.

    I have made 4 sets now, for other project Hammocks, also going to make an adjustable RL soon. Which when successful will probably mean a few more made.

    I can make a set now in about 5 minutes complete with Locked Bromels and Burried ends, sans the stichting.

    Once I stared at this PDF for a few it was super helpful.
    http://www.neropes.com/Splicing%20Gu...opie_Sling.pdf

    Along with this post
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    Lots of good info out there.

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