As to the 10" buries coming out short, that's normal. Amsteel (or any braided line) will shorten when it is opened up and another length of line inserted through it. Nothing to worry about. All of the manufacturer recommended measurements compensate for this phenomenon.
One thing that I've taken to doing as well is to add a whipping knot to the adjustable part of the sling as depicted in Grizz's videos (aka Professor Hammock on YouTube). It's basically a locked slide that goes on the adjustable section that both prevents you from pulling it through the bury (a big pain) and also allows you to secure the adjustable end while you are determining your final length (keeps it from falling off of the marlin spike hitch).
Weighs almost nothing and a nice addition. I don't have a link to the video handy, but I seem to recall that it is in the video where he shows how to make the bridge hammock. If you can't find it, I'll see if I can look it up.
Gotta' say, nothing like hanging from a pair of whoopies that you made to give you that "man, I hope this works" feeling
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The taper should have half the strands removed in intervals. I go 2 strands at a time, about a half inch apart. It creates a much gentler transition that way.
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Wow! These whoopie slings are great. I have used the spreadsheet found elsewhere in this forum to get the lengths and the yarn needles from wally world for a buck or two and things couldn't be easier. My two boys also made some.
I really like the ease at which these can be adjusted without alot of mechanical junk hooked to the line.
We also got climbing grade tubular webbing and made tree slings and purchased lightweight climbing beeners.
We are going to start teachign this stuff to our Scout Troop and try to introduce hammocking. My son younger son is the Leave No Trace Instructor and is putting in his votes for hammocking using DIY Gear.
Last edited by DerNageler; 12-02-2011 at 08:40. Reason: Adding link to spreadsheet
I've got my Amsteel ordered. I should get it next week and I'm looking forward to making some whoopie slings with it. This thread was very helpful, and I'll post some pix.
I don't know what I'm doing.
Just pulled the trigger one this. It's been 2 years of hammocking let's see what this does for me. Just ordered from Opie. Is this the 1st step to nirvana?