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    BMBH suspension advice needed…

    I am about to change the suspension webbing on my JRB BMBH to whoopies to give me a longer reach between trees and hopefully make set up easier. I thought while doing this maybe I would try to eliminate the metal rings and webbing that makes the rest of the suspension (head and foot end triangle). I plan on keeping the stock spreader bars (for now) which are aluminum with coated notch at each end to accept a metal ring at each corner of the hammock.

    What I am struggling with is: what is the best way to connect the whoopies to the hammock while eliminating the remaining webbing and rings. I have a few ideas sketched and would love some feedback - good, bad or a different idea. Thanks.
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    BMBH suspension advice needed…

    Good sketches. I think either 1 or 3 would work. Number 2 I think would have a tendency to slide from 1 side to the other. I tried it that way on my mini spreader bar tablecloth hammock an it didn't want to stay centered. Might be different with the longer length.

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    I have seen the Profs video - it is partly what inspired me to mod my bridge. But I am sure there are many ways to do this and I was thinking of incorporating whoopie hooks for ease of setup - but maybe I don't need them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdilf View Post
    I am about to change the suspension webbing on my JRB BMBH to whoopies to give me a longer reach between trees and hopefully make set up easier. I thought while doing this maybe I would try to eliminate the metal rings and webbing that makes the rest of the suspension (head and foot end triangle). I plan on keeping the stock spreader bars (for now) which are aluminum with coated notch at each end to accept a metal ring at each corner of the hammock.

    What I am struggling with is: what is the best way to connect the whoopies to the hammock while eliminating the remaining webbing and rings. I have a few ideas sketched and would love some feedback - good, bad or a different idea. Thanks.
    Leftmost sketch---I don't have a whoopie hook in front of me, but my memory is that the the slot in the hook for cord is very nicely sized for one loop. But will the second loop stay in place??? Don't know if the hook is deep enough to secure that.

    Middle sketch. Your hook is not going to stay centered. This is the Voice Of Experience speaking.

    Rightmost sketch. That should work, but may lengthen the necessary distance between trees by a little, as the smallest diameter of spiced loops is pretty large.

    Of late I have been bringing the two sides of a suspension triangle together using a locked brummel followed immediately by a diamond knot, see below.
    One of the strands and the far side of the knot goes on to be a UCR bury,
    but for this discussion that is beside the point.
    Screen Shot 2013-05-10 at 10.49.23 PM.png

    A way you could make a pretty small diameter single strand loop for the hook is to construct the suspension triangle by
    a) measure out enough cord for buried loops at the corners, enough length on the side, and a diamond knot at the top, and cut it.
    b) make the buried loops at each end.
    c) find the center, and make a diamond knot such that the two strands coming in the "bottom" of the knot are from a small loop---the one the hook will grab. On the far side of the knot put in a brummel and some stitching (unless you can put in a locked brummel on one end of a cord, a skill I have not mastered). This last bit is to keep the lines going into the diamond knot more or less parallel, and not trying to pull the knot apart.
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    Maybe the Dutch Biners will accept both loops?
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    Grizz - I think you are right the whoopie hook is probably only deep enough for one section of cord.

    Thanks for the suggestion with the diamond knot, I might have to try that although I think it is a bit above my current skill level.

    Loki - hadn't thought of that but it should work.

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