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    Ok, I think I need some help! (a bit picture heavy)

    Hello guys,

    I'm 'finished' with my first partly homemade hammock for a couple of days now, but I have some problems and I need some confirmations.

    My hammock is pretty wide, about 66 inches, so that might explain some things.

    My problems are: the edges are too 'floppy', even when I pull the edges before the whipping. If I pull the wipping, it's very uncomfortable to get in, I don't see anything when I lay in my hammock, and last but not least; then I lay flat on my back, the sides get pulled over my face.

    Also, I'd like some confirmation on my tying technique. I've mad some pics to explain it (and show off some of my work :P )


    Here you can see my treehugger + biner + spectra around the only tree in my backyard :P


    Here you can see the 'back' of the treehugger


    I used the standard 'loops' to put the spectra through here (this is pretty much the same result as gathering the ends, whipping and not pulling the sides)


    The total setup; isn't the hammock hanging too low?


    The inside of the hammock, legs laying on both sides of the centerline; isn't it possible to make a somewhat larger centerline?


    Situation with the sides 'loose'


    Situation with the side pulled up (with my left hand, which doesn't show on the pic)


    Hammock total with setup 1 (using the standard loops)


    Situation with the sides pulled out, using whipping. Don't pull attention to the uncut cords, this was quickly done


    Total setup 2 (with whipping and sides pulled out)


    The side 'normal'


    From the inside, when I lay flat on my back. As you can see, the sides are almost closing around me.

    So, this was a large post, but does anyone have comments, idea's, suggestions, advice etc for me? I don't like hammocking this way

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    Try adjusting the tension on your suspension setup. It looks like you might need shorter tree huggers, or just wrap them around the trees a time or two more.

    Also try laying diagonally. In all the pix I see here, you're laying right down the centerline. With your feet toward the outside of one edge and your head toward the outside on the other, I think you'll find much less excess material to deal with. With the really wide material you've got, you should be able to lay pretty flat, too.

    If you WANT to lay down the center and have some curve to your back (my personal choice) you don't need a hammock that wide - so you can trim some width off and save some weight.
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    From the pics you seem to be lying pretty straight in the hammock. Try lying diagonally, feet on one side head and shoulders to the other side.

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    BB beat me to it. Gotta be quick on this site.

    You may also move the whipping down a little more toward the ends of the hammock. I put my whipping just behind the seams on the end of the hammock. That will give you a few extra inches of length which will help lying diagonal.

    Honestly with a hammock that wide you probably are going to get a little slack in the sides.
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    Hopefully Hooch will chime in and measure his eno.

    I think that an eno is not a perfect rectangle. I think that the edges are shorter (probibly on the order of an inch or so per side) than the middle. I think this is what pulls the extra tension out of the sides.

    This would do the same as pulling the edges out as you do in your later pictures.

    Comfort is a really subjective thing. It is an ongoing thing with me to get my exactly perfect for me. I'm pretty close now.

    Adjusting the sag as BB says is a lot of it. Once you get it right, adding a ridgeline would unsure you get this everytime. The trick with the sides is getting them pulled just enough. Too tight and you get shoulder squeeze, too loose and you get what you are having.
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    Nice hammock and even nicer backyard....a really pleasant place to hang. I see you're from the Netherlands.

    Miguel

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    Hopefully Hooch will chime in and measure his eno.
    I did that earier today, measurements of the ENO SingleNest and DoubleNest are as follows:

    ENO SingleNest
    Total Width 55"
    "Extension" Width 8" x 2
    Main Body Width 39"

    ENO DoubleNest
    Total Width 80"
    "Extension" Width 8.5" x 2
    Main Body Width 63"

    The total width measurements that I got match up on both hammocks with the measurements on ENO's website. So there ya have it, boys and girls.

    Checking my measurements, both size hammocks are perfect rectangles.
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    Thanks. I wonder if the size of the loop pulls the sides up? My experience with my DIY hammocks is that you have to do something from the sides it tighten them. But then again I have been wrong before in this thread.
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    There's always the option of adding some side tie outs to open up the hammock and take the slack out of the sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    There's always the option of adding some side tie outs to open up the hammock and take the slack out of the sides.
    That's exactly what I was thinking: tie outs plus laying diagonally. I want to make a super wide hammock like this as my next hammock.

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    What type of thread is that?

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