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    My Turtel Dog stand: need help

    Spent this morning making a turtle dog stand to take when we go camping with the scouts when there are not any trees. I will try to attach a pic, this is new for me. The tri-pod set-up seems okay. I am just worried about the support bar. My wife was laying in it. There seemed to be a great deal of sag. She is not heavy. I did not use a full bar as I was trying to conserve weight. I also had a sleve made of PVC. Does anyone have any ideas as to what else I could use. I want to be able to break it down into two sections. I used 3/4 inch conduit. The guy at the big box hardware store said that would work. I am 180 lbs.
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    I would get rid of the PVC; you should be able to find some type of connector for the conduit. The compression forces on the croos bar a too much for the PVC. I would go with the fencing top rail; cut it in half, and insert the swagged end into the other. Will be 10' 3". This is what I did for my wife's. For mine, I used 2 top rails, cut 5' off each end, and cut a 2 foot piece from the cut off. It goes together like this:

    5'3" swaged > 2' <swaged 5'3'

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    Get rid of the 3/4" conduit and especially the PVC connector. Read through the TDS thread and you will see that most are using chain link fencing top rail. It can be cut in halve and re-connected with the built in swaged end.

    Also take a look at your connections. The hammock suspension should be connected to the ridgepole to the outside and against the suspension holding the ridgepole.

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    I'd go back and get chain link fence top rail and take it to the pipe department to be cut in half (5'3" each half). About $12 in this area.
    Your conduit with PVC sleeve looks dangerous to me - PVC may crack/fail.
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    Wow - 3 replies in a minute and they all agree. Must be getting too hot to be outside in Indiana as well as Virginia :>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldpappy View Post
    Wow - 3 replies in a minute and they all agree. Must be getting too hot to be outside in Indiana as well as Virginia :>)
    Ha! It'll be 106F in Central California today but it's a dry heat! lol

    Another for the fence top rail. This is handy to have for adding a small section if needs be. My fence rail ridge pole is a 10' section plus another 2' section using the sleeve.

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    Top rail is good and strong and heavy.
    Since I needed two TDSs I got three 10' top rails and cut 4' off of each one with a heavy duty pipe cutter. I put two 6 footers together for one 12' top rail and three 4 footers together for a second 12' top rail. All joints use the crimped ends only so there's no coupling pieces to go missing. This will leave a 6 footer (without a crimped end) as scrap.
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    Oof! Yes, please get her out of that and get a proper top rail as the others suggest.

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    What they said, and also ensure that your hammock hangs from exactly the same points on the ridge pole that the ridge pole itself is hanging on.

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    Another for the fence top rail. This is handy to have for adding a small section if needs be
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