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    Sliding bugnet for Bridge

    I've made a prototype of a new bridge bugnet. The hammock was purchased from Mikeinfhaz for my girlfriend's daughter (but Amity is modeling for these photos). I was trying to make a simple to operate bugnet.bugnet_side.jpg

    This one uses cord locks attached to the netting corners that slide along tightly strung spectra cords. The overlap in fabric causes the closure, zippers or velcro are not used.bugnet_opening.jpg

    It is permanently attached at the sides and has elastic webbing sewn into a channel along each inner edge of the bugnet. The closure looks secure. It still needs field testing to see if it is easy for a youngster to open and close, as well as slip in and out of without complications.bugnet_top.jpg

    The concept is really like a pair of curtains. I even included a snug fitting "valance" to keep the head and feet ends of the bugnet sealed.bugnet_open.jpg
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    Nice design dblh. you've done it again.
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    wow, Victor!
    very nice indeed.. hope she loves her new shelter.

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    Hey thanks gargoyle!

    And no sooner had I set it up, Paige was lured outside, and climbed in. Yeah, she loves it.

    I've got to say, it was nice to get the package (hammock) from Mikeinfhaz. Everything down to the stuffsack and buckle suspension were included, and it all looked very proffessional and well thought out. In fact, the clean simplicity of the bridge hammock design allowed me to see it fresh (as opposed to my habitual ways of bridge hammock design).

    It was due to this that I was able to see the alternative way of attaching a bugnet. So thank-you Mikeinfhaz..as well as Grizz, Tee-Dee and all the other bridge hammock giants who have contibuted to the state-of-the-art hammockry that we enjoy today. Cheers!

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    Great design. and no velcro to boot.
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    hey dblhmmk, that's neat. Getting the shape right on a bridge hammock bugnet is a challenge, but it looks to me like the curtain approach is more forgiving, i.e., one could work out empirically what the edge up top was really going to be after sewing the edge down.

    nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    hey dblhmmk, that's neat. Getting the shape right on a bridge hammock bugnet is a challenge, but it looks to me like the curtain approach is more forgiving, i.e., one could work out empirically what the edge up top was really going to be after sewing the edge down.

    nice!

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    Very true Grizz. I did just what you visualized. My inside edges were too long on the first fitting, and I trimmed them for a tighter fitting closure.

    I allowed the same 6" cat cut to match the hammock edges. The end to end length measurement comes from the horizontal measurement between endcaps when the hammock is weighted (a few inches shorter than you might think initially).
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    dblhmmk - great idea and it satisfies my 2 goals - no velcro and no zippers.

    It's a clean simple design that really works well.

    Mind if I borrow??
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    Thanks TeeDee! I am glad if it is useful to you. And if it is, by all means use it.

    I believe it works well. Although, in my mind, I am going over the idea of how an "internal ridgeline" might make the closure even more secure. It may not be needed at all. But, if both sides wrapped over a high midpoint, the elastisized inner edges would create a wider swath of sealed netting. I saw that when the occupant rests a knee against the netting, there is a possibility that the netting can get pulled open. I'll need to prevent that somehow, and I hope it isn't by telling the person "Don't lean your knees into it".

    Anyway, I soon realized that if an internal ridgeline is used, it can not be more than an inch or two higher than the lateral netting edges. Otherwise, I would have more problems sliding the encased head and foot end cord locks over the ridgeline when opening or closing the bug net.

    On the other hand, if instead of sliding along the spectra cord, I used hooks and loops to fasten the corners, I could get around the problem. As it is though, with the head and foot ends encasing the taut cord, it keeps the fabric nicely contained when in the open position (no flopping edges). This is a plus that I'd rather not have to sacrifice.
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    Anyone using this style bugnet?

    This is a cool idea.

    I wonder if anyone is using this style bugnet?

    Did anyone try to raise the internal ridgeline?

    Can you sit up in this style bugnet?

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