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    They've been called "drip strings" for years for things other than hammocks. I guess if it's not a string, that wouldn't be an accurate name, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    They've been called "drip strings" for years for things other than hammocks. I guess if it's not a string, that wouldn't be an accurate name, though.
    i suppose if someone`s using something other than a string, they mite call it a "rain diversion" for the support strap or webbing <G> ...tim
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    I really do not get all this drip stopper or changing to webbing either discussions.... Spectra line used on the HH Ul and lighter hammocks does not absorb much if any water.... Also if snake skins are used and scrunched down to the hammock Knot under the tarp corner, any water getting that far is deverted/stopped.... I've hung in many a rain...some torrential and never had any water come down these lines as described.

    Now, The webbing on Clator hammocks is another story. It absobs or at least temporarily holds water...but even still if the webbing is run to the cinched hammock and secured with a bowline any moistue will dip away on the loose, "running end" of the knot about 2-3 inches long.... That said, those using webbing may be well advised to tie on a cotton cord as a drip line on webbing.... insurance does not hurt when it comes to webbing esp the flat/hollow rope kind.

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    i haven`t had a problem w/ it this far, but i`ve herd several others talk about thier hammocks getting soaked. i`m not sure if they were all using webbing or not. i can certianly see how webbing could form a channel.
    but that`s a good point you made pan, about the snake skins. on my home made ones, i whipped them to the support rope (but not very tightly). no great amount of water should get past that. ...tim
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    I sometimes pull my skins back up the webbing- would this be of any use, or am I dreaming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanium_hiker View Post
    I sometimes pull my skins back up the webbing- would this be of any use, or am I dreaming?

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    do you mean you pull the skins back up toward the tree? i belive it would be better to leave the skins bunched-up over the attachment point at the end of the hammock. that way, they would cover the first few inches of the hammock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    do you mean you pull the skins back up toward the tree? i belive it would be better to leave the skins bunched-up over the attachment point at the end of the hammock. that way, they would cover the first few inches of the hammock.
    This is what I did in the last rain for my homemade hammock. It was setup pretty long from my tarp. The skins stayed mostly dry though. I ended up ripping it in my backyard anyway, so who knows about the next one.

    Another thought on this would be that if the skins soak through after a heavy rain, your hammock and quilt will get wet when you pack up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    This is what I did in the last rain for my homemade hammock. It was setup pretty long from my tarp. The skins stayed mostly dry though. I ended up ripping it in my backyard anyway, so who knows about the next one.

    Another thought on this would be that if the skins soak through after a heavy rain, your hammock and quilt will get wet when you pack up.
    Mine never have...Push them under the tarp...like someone else added they help protect the end of the hammock there, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    Another thought on this would be that if the skins soak through after a heavy rain, your hammock and quilt will get wet when you pack up.
    Sorry I ment to add that could happen if you leave them outside your tarp. I keep mine underneath as Pan said.

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    just to clarify what I meant (probably silly anyway) but instead of bunching the skins up, I pull them back, covering most of my straps and the end of the hammock.

    I reckon it would be better to leave them under the tarp to avoid getting the hammock wet on pack up.

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