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    Whipping Techniques

    I've been experimenting with different whipping techniques, and integrating suspension into the whipping itself. I know about the HH technique, and wanted something a little simpler. One that I've been using with some success has been similar to a Sailor's Whipping

    http://www.animatedknots.com/sailors...matedknots.com

    but instead of cutting the lines at the center, I have an overhand knot underneath the whipping itself, and the two ends then have a bowline knot at the ends one to attach the ringbuckle/webbing for the supports, and the other to attach the removable ridgeline. I simply larkshead the loop and then have a stopper knot (double overhand) on the ridgeline.

    I'll see if I can get a picture up at some point of the knot I'm using at the moment. I am using the raw ripstop, not sure of the weight but it appears to be 1.9oz, with no hems at the moment. Been having trouble getting the stuff to work well with my sewing machine. I'm thinking of using "wonder tape" to get the material to hold till I can get it stitched, the tape dissolves in water and you can stitch through it, so I imagine it will work well for this use without putting any more holes in the material than I need to.

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    the method that i believe most of us here use is a little simpler yet, & if you leave the tails hanging you can un-whip it to make adjustments.
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    Yep, the method I'm using you can rewhip it as well. And the loops at the end make it easy to pull tight again without using the plyers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spchtr View Post
    Yep, the method I'm using you can rewhip it as well. And the loops at the end make it easy to pull tight again without using the plyers.
    i should try that one. always good to have a few alternatives.
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    I'm sure glad this topic is about hammocks (whipping techniques -- ).

    FWIW I've been using plastic zip-ties for whipping, the hammocks I've been making are 10', 1.9 oz. (treated) ripstop with hems, ring suspension, etc... no problems so far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    I'm sure glad this topic is about hammocks (whipping techniques -- ).

    FWIW I've been using plastic zip-ties for whipping, the hammocks I've been making are 10', 1.9 oz. (treated) ripstop with hems, ring suspension, etc... no problems so far.
    NCP,
    Are you using one or more zip ties to whip your hammocks. I'm about to whip my first hammock and can used rope or a zip tie.
    Thanks,
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    I'm just using one per end, tightened all the way down. Not having any trouble with them holding at all.

    HTH.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    I'm just using one per end, tightened all the way down. Not having any trouble with them holding at all.

    HTH.
    I know that this has been discussed before...that using a tight larks head to tie the hammock support to the hammock will prevent it from slipping off of the end. As a precaution, what do you think of using two zip ties about an inch or two apart and forming a "bulge" of fabric between the two. Do you think this fabric bulge would act as a "stop" to prevent the rope from slipping past the whipping and falling off of the end of the hammock?
    ****, and I swore that I wouldn't start to think in the DIY mode :^)
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    I'm positive that just about any other person who has whipped a hammock using zip ties knows much more about this than I do, but when I place the larkshead, I make sure there is a little material between it and the zip tie, and that seems to be enough to keep it from moving.

    Looks kindof like this:

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    Of course, I recommend a periodic visual check until you're confident with it.


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    If you hem the hammock all the way around (including the ends), the bulk of the hem should keep a lark's head from coming off. Whipping at all (zip ties or otherwise) only keeps the fabric folded the way you want while the suspension isn't loaded.

    I use two zip ties on each end. I fold my end, then put one tie on - but don't tighten it quite all the way yet. Repeat for the other end. Then I hang the hammock and check the edges. I adjust the edge tension with the corners at the ends. When I've got the corners the way I want, I tighten the first tie all the way down. I used to stop there, but I had problems with the corners slipping loose. To prevent this, I fold the (now elongated) corners back toward the hammock body, then add a second twist tie around the whole bit, newly folded corner included. The second tie goes just to the body side of the first tie. This creates a tension brake much like the ring suspension system, and works quite well to keep my edge tension static.
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