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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by FanaticFringer View Post
    That's what I put on mine. I cut mine to 6 feet. The 8 foot length was just so long.
    Looks good!


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    Quote Originally Posted by GREEN THERAPY View Post
    On my second attempt at hammock making I have used velcro to close the bug net. I was wondering if anyone had made one using a zipper and how well it worked. The zipper I have is one that dosen't lock and am wondering if it will stay closed while tossing and turning sleeping during the nite.

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    I used zipper on my claytor and hh clone. Zipper is much better b/c there is no issue with velcro bunching up or not aligning. Zippers are noiseless too.

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    I just finished two identical hammocks, one with a zipper and one with velcro.
    I like the zipper better. Hook on the velcro catches the bug netting sometimes and can be a pain.
    My wife likes the velcro one better.... tomato - tomatoe , potato - potatoe

    Adding the two zippers on mine doubled the cost of my hammock.... now the thing has cost me about $25.00. Darn!

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    I just completed a Desert Camo HH Clone that has velcro on one side and a zipper on the other side. When the netting or cover is attached I'll probably use the bottom entry most of the time but I could use the zipper side pretty easy too. The velcro is there just to hold the other side together. I might have used a zipper all around but I didn't want to buy more zippers when I could steal them off a couple WalMart fleece bags I had.

    The zipper is much easier to use.
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    A couple of weeks ago my wife and I went camping in Florida and I hung my hammock in the campground. I removed the netting top and went topless for the duration of our trip .

    I noticed while breaking down camp that the zippers of my hammock were full of sand stuck between the teeth. Now if I had not noticed this and tried to zip the bug netting back on the hammock I would have probably run into a big problem and possibly catastrophic zipper failure. That would suck if it happened on the trail. A simple shake of the hammock removed all the sand, but if I had not noticed it it could have been bad. The zippers I used, taken from $10 Target sleeping bags, were listed on the package as "self-healing" but debris in the zipper teeth is something that I will pay a lot more attention to in the future.
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    that's a good point about using zippers in sandy places.
    i guess it would be a good idea to give the zippers a few good wacks w/ something (tarp stake?) to knock out the sand.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    I'm sure velcro will still stick together good, but it can pick up a whole lot more sand and debris than a zipper can.
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    Zipper top loading

    Thanks for the imput everyone. I have finished two since I originally posted my question. I have put zippers on both of them and they work great. The one before those two I used velcro on and yes there is a problem with bunching, but it still works fine.
    A tip for finding zippers cheap is to try a local upholstery shop. The one here has been cutting and selling me 8 foot lengths of zipper with a double pull closure for under 6 dollars. Number 5 zipper is the size. Daughter and I went for a river hike wed with an overnite and I took my latest built hammock. Have posted a few pics in the gallery. Not sure if it will work but will post a pic of the hammock and a close up of the slip knot that I use to tension the hammock. Wondering if anyone else has tried that method and has a horror story to share as to why they abandoned using it.

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    Last try for an attachment pic

    mabe this time? As a further point of interest to this method, I weigh 205 and have given it the "bounce" test as well as having marked the rope the slider was on and have not seen it slip yet.
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    Smile Good source for zippers

    Another good source for zippers I have found to be any local upholstery shop. The one here cuts them to length ( 8 feet ) for me and the cost is six dollars with the pull.

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