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    diy bridge spreader bar question

    I bought some bamboo poles that I am going to make into walking sticks/ spreader bars. I need the sticks about 50" but only need 36" spreader bars. I was thinking about making detachable handles but was wondering what the real downside would be to have the bars stick out of my hammock on each side about 7" other then the tarp. And if it did push on the tarp wouldn't that act almost like side pull outs?

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    If the ends were rounded off, then you may be fine. A good number of people though have found that the ends of the spreader bars had put holes in their tarps if they came in contact with each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boots13 View Post
    I bought some bamboo poles that I am going to make into walking sticks/ spreader bars. I need the sticks about 50" but only need 36" spreader bars. I was thinking about making detachable handles but was wondering what the real downside would be to have the bars stick out of my hammock on each side about 7" other then the tarp. And if it did push on the tarp wouldn't that act almost like side pull outs?
    you would put some serious holes in your tarp getting in and out,although ive been thinking lately about my bamboo walking stick as a spreader bar . My mind keeps seeing threaded inserts like the ones on custom pool cues,the small end come off leavin a shorter ,more useable section that fits the spread of your liking.

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    Yeah.....asking for a hole punched in the tarp....eventually. A bridge really tips up at the ends on hammock entry.
    More than that though would be the sound of the spreader bar constantly rubbing the tarp.
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    What if you dipped the ends in that rubber coating you can use on tool? That would lessen the wear on the tarp.

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    I do have a good idea for some hiking poles with detachable handles so this gives me an excuse to do it lol thanx guys

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    Please post your progress

    Quote Originally Posted by Boots13 View Post
    I do have a good idea for some hiking poles with detachable handles so this gives me an excuse to do it lol thanx guys
    Hey, Boots. Please post what you come up with. I'd love to see your final results.

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    The other thing is...........with extra wide spreader bars, you cant lower your tarp/pitch it steeper in bad weather.
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