Hi, I've been toying with the idea of simplifying/lightafying my SLD Streamliner / Tarp rig, and so I made a 2-ft experimental dogbone to act as channel ring and extension up to the cinches. That way, I can install some prussiks on the dogbone and then attach whatever tarp directly to the dogbone instead of doing a separate hang for the tarp. Also, this would allow me to use some snakeskins (which I like) to break camp in a much faster and less eventful way.....
So I made the dogbone (just a couple of locked brummels) - see 1st pic. Problem is, the brummel loop is not a thick as my current continual loops in my hammock, and although it thickens up due to the bury, it gets thin again between the two buries - see 2nd pic.
Hmmm. I like the increased thickness of a continual loop in the channel, so I am trying to think up a way to thicken up that 7/62 amsteel. I also read here that a thin spot in a bury puts undue stress on amsteel 7/64, so I may have to rethink:
1. Anybody know a way to create a continual loop, then extend THAT into a dogbone (resulting in a thicker loop)?
2. Does a thin spot in a dogbone/whoopie/etc really create undue stress in the mechanism?
3. Should I get some 1/8 Amsteel for this specific function? Or, should I just try to make sure my buries meet in the middle (not sure how that increases strength though)?
4. Or should I not worry about it due to the fact that I do not weigh 1200 lbs?
thanks - any help is appreciated!