Last edited by GrizzlyAdams; 07-31-2009 at 10:11.
You can use a loop and hang stuff as Grizz noted, but a simple securing knot around the main (static) line works too. I like to use a rolling hitch (the working part of a tautline hitch). However you do it, the important thing is to create at least a little bit of friction between the loose end of the constriction section and the static line, where it exits the constrictor.
I do like UCRs, but Grizz is quite right - they can be finicky, and a bit of a mystery if you are not clear in your mind on how they work. I would recommend whoopie slings over UCRs to someone just getting into this. The same mystery applies, but whoopie slings are much more forgiving.
Basically, before pulling on the free end you want to take the weight of the hammock off the constriction section, loosening its grip so the buried part can slide through the constrictor.
So to tighten the sling, you first have to push on the constrictor section (at the spot where you saw the separation) to loosen its grip. Then you can pull on the free end coming out of the bury, tightening the adjustable loop.
It's good to have your priorities straight!... and it is important to look good in a hammock, don't you agree?
Ok, I have a question. It seems to me that if you want to be able to make quick adjustments on the fly (like ring buckles or such) you can not do it without some kind of hardware, like a caribiner. Is that the case? You whoopie sling owners might have an idea what I am talking about. Some people connect the sling at the hugger with a toggle which I will probably do but then you cant make the quick adjustments...
"You can't hem up a Rat!" Malcom Johnson, ca. 1970
So my constrictor suspensions all loop around a toggle at the tree. I stand in front of the constrictor, grap it with one hand and pull on the other cord to adjust (which cord depends on whether I'm trying to shorten or lengthen the suspension).
somebody ought to make a video for you on doing this stuff
The good thing about the ring buckles, etc., is that you can make those little adjustments while the line is under tension. Can't do that with a whoopie sling or UCR, because the constrictor needs to be loosened so the buried part can slide. You have to take up the tension with one hand while making the adjustment with the other, like when using a tautline hitch.
Also, with a whoopie sling the adjustable loop needs to slide freely around the thing it's secured to, e.g., a post, a ring, a toggle or whatever. One problem I had with whoopie slings with my toggles was that the adjustable eye would often pop off the (rather short, in my case) toggle as I made adjustments. So I prefer to have a fixed eye over the toggle, and use UCRs instead of whoopies.