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    How to repair ripstop?

    I have a tiny tear on a non structural section of my ripstop hammock. What are my repair options? I was considering using some nylon tape used for tents. What could be used to repair tears in areas that are under stress?

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    Good question. I'd like to know myself.
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    where is the tear on your hammock?
    about the only places i would consider patching might be near the edge, but even that would concern me, especially if i were going to be out more than a night or two, or if it was cold or wet. you might get away w/ it for a while, but i don't know???
    areas along the edge tend to be under stress only when you get in or out of the hammock for the most part, but they get pulled pretty hard to when entering & exiting.
    it is a good question. i'm just throwing out my 1st thoughts. we'll see what others think.
    my 1st thought on what to patch it w/ would be self adhesive ripstop nylon patching.
    it's thing but strong. i'm not sure if adding stitches would make it stronger or weaken the hammock fabric.
    is it a DIY hammock? ...tim
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    It is a DIY hammock. It is a 1 cm tear about 5mm from the seam used to form the tube at the end of the hammock. I think it was caused by the first stretching after sewing, I do not think it is getting any larger. Also interested in any other repair options, not specific to my problem.

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    Agree with Slowhike i.e. tape may work, so might sewing a patch, but both of these may not ultimately be the answer to not having to start all over again.

    Am not sure exactly how, but for some reason when I read the query grosgrain leapt to mind. This may have the same problems as a patch wrt stitching weakening the area.

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    Might try Tedlar tape, for structural repairs.

    Here is the specs of 3M's tape:
    http://www.tapecase.com/p.1098.311/3...film-tape.aspx

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    I have 2 diy hammocks made of 1.1 sil, a friend hopped in one with something sharp in his pocket at Traildays and made about a 2 inch tear by his hip. I used silnet to glue a patch of 1.1 to each side but left the edges of the patches clean, then loosely spaced zig zag stitched around the edges, then silnet on the zig zags. Several nights since with no babying, and no problems.
    Just my own experience.

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    The HH I bought from Hammock Engineer has a patch right where your butt sits.

    His story is the first night he slept in it he didn't adjust for the stretch and ended up rubbing the ground when he woke the next morning. He put a piece of material over the hole (the hole is about the size of a silver dollar) that extended about 2" past the hole. Then used some kind of glue, don't know what kind; you'll have to ask him.

    I have slept in it at least 10 times and have just been lazy in it for several hours with no problems. Plus all the nights HE put in with it before switching to his DIY hammock.

    I was leary at first, but I don't even think about it when I climb in anymore.

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    Anyone tried spinnaker tape? One piece on each side should do the trick.
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    ya know, that barge cement is pretty tough stuff.
    using that on a piece of rip stop might be worth a try.
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