Ok I figured out the knot.
I did just slide the 1.5' piece of rope through the hammock end. Then I just grabbed the two ends and tied a knot with them a couple of inches in so now I have big loop thorugh the end of the hammock. Seems to be sturdy enough.
So I just slide the long strap through and tie the knot where I think the appropriate amount of sag would be?
Hey thanks for everyone's help! Bubbas method using the slipped sheet knot was easiest as I didn't have to get more items. I went ahead a hacked the hooks off my tie down straps and replaced them with carabiners I had laying around. Little more secure than those hooks as someone above mentioned I figure I could still use them as ratcheting straps in my truck with the carabiners. They're also not that expensive.
As for nylon/stretching. I have no idea. It does feel like nylon but I use them to tie down very heavy machines in trailers. After a year or so of use they show no signs of stretch or fraying so I guess it's a good enough material to hang with. My bosses family owns a rope business. If I were to go to their warehouse for rope to use as suspension, what kind of rope is ideal for long term use?
Glad it is working for you!
With regards to what rope to use it depends. The popular choice around here is 7/64 inch Amsteel used for whoopie slings. It's a hollow braided rope made from Dyneema that is spliceable, non stretch, very strong yet small is size so it reduces bulk for the weight conscious backpackers. If you can get some, there are videos and pictorials on how to splice them into whoopie slings among other things (dog bones, soft shackles). Splicing is preferable to knots since Amsteel is slick and knots significantly reduce breaking strength. Whoopie slings can be bought from many vendors here if you don't want to do it yourself.
For fun and practice I have used climbing type rope at home. I like to try different sliding hitches but would not use the rope on a trip simply because of the heavier weight and bulk. In terms of breaking strength it is personal preference. Many people including me like a safety factor of 4 or 5 times your body weight to account for dynamic forces that can be applied to the suspension or if you set up closer to parallel than is ideal. The force on the suspension go up exponentially the closer the suspension is to horizontal. A 30 degrees is popular and recommended.
Last edited by Bubba; 04-11-2013 at 06:58.
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Where could I buy already made whoopie slings? I could use those in place of the rope that's threaded through my hammock ends? That would make customizing sag incredible fast instead of having to redo the knot.
As far as a ridge line goes, where does that connect if I have the whoopie slings passed through the stitched ends of the hammock?
Awesome. With my setup I think the first one is the route I will go.
Im guessing ill be using the grant trunk ultralight like this for a while until I can afford to upgrade so a better quality system with bug net and tarp. The more I research the more I want!
I'm an avid mountain biker, road commuter, and active ImbA-sorba member. In the cycling world you catch a disease called "upgradeitis" I'm pretty sure it's crossbred with the hammock universe now :/