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    I'm 5'10", and made a gathered end out of 12' of ripstop. At the moment the ridgeline is 116". I am still playing with RL length, but 110"-116" gets me an almost perfectly flat lay.

    It's all personal preference. My last DIY was 10' with a 108" RL, and I also have a HH Explorer (just about the same dimensions). Both are comfortable, only problems I had involved CBS, but not as nice as the 12' monster.

    Try different sizes, find what you like
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    I suggest that if you want to try differnt length hammocks to make one at the longest length you want to try and to decrease the size tie a knot in the end of the hammock and larks head behind the knot. This will let you try out different lengths before you cut the fabric too short.
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    I have two DIY hammocks that a friend, preacha man, made for my grand kids several years ago. I, actually the wife, just modified them to be gathered in hammocks.. Much improved! Next project will be the stretch side hammock mod.

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    Nice instructional thread. Due to my limitations in sewing, I deciding whipping the ends was for me. I also went with the adjustable ridgeline, and 1.1 ripstop. I love how easy they are to make. I've already made two and I'm sure many more to follow. Here are some pics...





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    Nice work. I strongly recommend you rotate the "tree straps" around to the inner face of the handrails so the straps come straight out of the Dutch Clips instead of folding back over them. Think of the difference in trying to tear a piece of paper by pulling on both ends or folding it over a sharp edge and tearing. You'll save a lot of wear and tear on the straps and an eventual quick trip to the ground for you.

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    Did you use a single layer of 1.1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boots13 View Post
    Did you use a single layer of 1.1?
    Yeah, just 1 layer of 1.1
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    I recently made one of these with the 1.1 from the group buy. Whipping the ends this way was difficult because the material wouldn't stay "balled up" and the whipping ended up slipping during my initial attempt. I finally got it working and used for a couple of nights until it slipped and released. Any fix for this? I'm thinking of going back to a continuous loop and carabiner to make things easier to attach.

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    After you pull the draw cord try rolling it over back onto itself and then tie it, that'll give you a bigger bunch of material and shouldn't slip

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    Quote Originally Posted by flashbang009 View Post
    I recently made one of these with the 1.1 from the group buy. Whipping the ends this way was difficult because the material wouldn't stay "balled up" and the whipping ended up slipping during my initial attempt. I finally got it working and used for a couple of nights until it slipped and released. Any fix for this? I'm thinking of going back to a continuous loop and carabiner to make things easier to attach.
    Are you referencing the method shown in my instructions, which is the Warbonnet method, or some other whipping method? It's hard to imagine the ball created with the Warbonnet method not staying put no matter how fine the fabric. That's the beauty of it. Other methods allow you to make more adjustments to the shape of the hammock but are trickier to work with.

    This message thead has gotten so long that it's not always clear if people are talking about the original instructions or other techniques. I'd like to encourage everyone to use this thread to discuss just the original instructions and slight variations to avoid confusion.
    Last edited by Knotty; 06-10-2012 at 22:59.
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