SHANE, you dont need to taper the zing it/lash it.
Got my order of Amsteel (200' worth). After making my whoopie slings, thought I would try a few loops. I used a steel yarn needle from Joann's, these are plastic needles. I couldn't find the steel online. But they worked. I would "milk" the amsteel onto it, then grab the needle with my gerber and pulled through. I found it to be easier to taper first, it made it easier when using the needles.
0.39" / 0.9mm diameter MIG welding wire is the bomb. Some of you guys have mentioned fishing trace/leader wire, well this is the same, but you can get enough for nothing from most any welding shop.( The leftover pieces at the end of the spool are approx 6 foot long and all but useless, except maybe as backup TIG welder filler rod..... if your real desperate)
Or I can post you some if you want to pay shipping from down under
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I was following this thread and making my own continuous loops. My DIY fid is a guitar string. I started thick, thinking a low E would be good--that was a mistake. A "G" or perhaps a "B" from a heavy set functions best. Stiffest, but still thin. For non-guitarists, you could use any string, but the high "E" starts to get too thin to be useful. "Unwound" means a plain wire, not one that's wound with bronze in a helical fashion.
I suppose you could improve on the design with a dowel handle covered in shrink tubing... but my guitar string, doubled, rolls up nice in the Amsteel bag, ready to use.
I looked through the thread, but I may have missed it. Why can't you use a locked brummel on these? It would make a slightly larger bump, but from how I see, start with the locked brummel as seen here: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=13328 but instead of pulling the ends together as a tail, fold them back along the loop & splice in.
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so I finally got dropped guys.... one of my year-old, noob-made continous loops failed. apparently 3in buries arent enough for 1/8" amsteel
planted my butt smoothly but firmly on the floor
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...in it for pics.
Guess the pictures prove it happens. Hope your OK.
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