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    I've been away from the forums for awhile. I think last time I was here the whoopie sling discussion was going strong. I guess timing was right because I just came across another pile of sil for XTRA cheap and have a few "test" hammocks I would love to donate. I tuned in again to find some info on the "reptilian dermal layers" (I think that is what we were calling the patented "snake skins" then).


    What do you suggest? Give us a wish list if you will.

    Hammocks with rope suspension??
    Bugnets ala ENO style??
    Draping bugnets like you see at army surplus stores??
    hammocks with bugnets on them???

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    Anyone got instructions to making a simple gathered end hammock? That could make it easier for people to look at and realize its not that hard at all and help this cause?- Especially kid sizes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpo63 View Post
    Especially kid sizes
    That's what I was thinking - I don't know what size hammock is comfortable for a kid and I don't have any around to test.
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    Beds from Bags is asite that was mentioned earlier in '09, thats where I got the idea. A member here reported using one in his cross-country cycle/hammock adventure. (not sure who?)

    I figured I couldn't find the 'milkbags' in Michigan, so I improvised with those plastic grocery store bags. The video should explain most of the process, as long as you know how to knit or crochet. Locally, we are getting more and more retirement communities/churches involved. Also had some donated plastic ribbon on a roll, which works great and saves a lot of time..no cutting and tying the plastic together.

    The youtube link will give you more examples of bag cutting and tying, easier than me trying to explain. But you show this to those ol' blue hairs and they go crazy. And its a great cause.

    ooopps, I found it. Rug, you rascal, you got this started...http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ighlight=bents
    Last edited by gargoyle; 01-25-2010 at 22:02. Reason: add "rug" link
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    Great thread! Maybe a silly question, but do they have safe places to hang right now? I'm totally down with a little Hammock Aide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpo63 View Post
    Anyone got instructions to making a simple gathered end hammock? That could make it easier for people to look at and realize its not that hard at all and help this cause?- Especially kid sizes
    Full size hammock:
    1. Cut 3 yards of nylon that is 60" wide
    2. hem all four edges
    3. sew a channel in each end (optional)
    4. thread a 1" cord of 1/8" braided nylon through each end channel, cinch up and tie with fisherman's knot (or whip the ends if no channel)
    5. sew loops on each end of 8' of webbing
    6. larks head each loop below the gathered ends of hammock

    Kid size hammocks are just shorter... probably no shorter than two yards, though.
    Last edited by MacEntyre; 01-26-2010 at 08:51.
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    I'd like to help with this also. Is there a deadline for when the hammocks are needed. I'm crushed this week, but next week I bet I could hammer out a couple. Walmart often has sheer material that could be used for bugnetting. I don't use it because it isn't as strong. Great idea
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    What kind of material would be good for a hammock that would not allow a skeeter to bite through the fabric? Also, what would be a good length for a tie hammock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrprez View Post
    What kind of material would be good for a hammock that would not allow a skeeter to bite through the fabric?
    That's a good question... I would think that whatever it is, it is likely too hot for Haiti... but I have no idea, really.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrprez View Post
    Also, what would be a good length for a tie hammock?
    This I know... if you mean a gathered end hammock. For adults, 3 yards long is a minimum, IMHO. The next one I make for myself is going to be 3.75 or 4 yards. Also, I don't know why a kid can't sleep in an adult sized hammock, then the hammock can be used by anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nacra533 View Post
    What do you suggest? Give us a wish list if you will.

    Hammocks with rope suspension??
    Bugnets ala ENO style??
    Draping bugnets like you see at army surplus stores??
    hammocks with bugnets on them???
    Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.

    http://www.campingsurvival.com/nets.html Some suggestions.

    Netting of any kind was at the top of her list. Military style mosquito bars would be excellent. Just your basic toule or nylon mesh that could be used for mossy nets will work.
    As far as a specific wish list..I just put myself in their shoes, and try to think of things that I would need.


    Netting (Bug net for the hammock, attached or not, mossy bar or bulk netting, etc.)
    CCF pads
    Hammocks with suspension
    Sleeping Mats from bags
    Of course, water and food are at the top of this list. Hopefully the rescue efforts can provide these. I think it may be a good idea to suggest a water filter on the wish list! I'm sure a filter would be a neccessity.
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