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    LW 56" Walmart Ripstop (~1.1oz) suitable for DIY hammock?

    Hey guys, I'm new here, but I'm an active DIYer in the more gravitationally displaced UL arena.

    Interested in getting into hammocking, but buying a tree sling seems like cheating.


    I've got a ton of the lighter weight dwr ripstop from the walmart buck-fidy bin, maybe 20yards or so... It's more like 1.1oz(approx, I haven't cut off a yard to weight it, but I did some 9th-grade math on some stuff sacs I made) stuff, 56" wide, selvage to selvage.


    Is this stuff too weak, or too narrow?

    I'm about 5"9-10", and ~155ish.

    I'm pretty new to this scene, but a basic asym design seems doesn't seem to hard to get started on. Although I'm obsessed with bridge style, as I've recently started having LCL/MCL probs with my knees. So any advice would be helpful.

    If I need to save this fabric for other things, I will.

    Thanks guys!

    P.S. I've got my work cut out for me sorting through all the info here.
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    I just started a thread the other day about this stuff. I weighed it once and it's more lik 0.9oz, not 1.1. Use the search function and put in my name to find the thread.

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    Walmart has all kinds of differnet fabrics, and it's not easy to tell what it is over the internet. It may be either polyester or nylon...nylon is stronger but stretchier. I wouldn't use .9 or 1.1 oz polyester in a single layer, but you might be able to use 1.1 oz nylon depending on your weight.

    If you're unsure, just make a double layer!
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    yeah rechecked my math.

    You're right, I rechecked my math, and it does come out to more like 0.9oz/y

    Which is awesome for the price I paid for it, and it has a nice feel. It does seem to have some undesirable stretch if I get rough with it, so I think I'll save this for quilts.


    Any suggestions on the best place to get some cheap 1.3ozish stuff suitable for single layer at a decent(dirt cheap) price?

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    Don't make down quilts with it... the down will come right through the fabric. If you're making some sort of synthetic it will probably be fine.

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