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    Safety Pins ?

    I have been thinking about using my sleeping bag as an UQ by attaching it to the hammock using 12 safety pins. [4 rows of 3]

    Has anyone ever done this? will it damage the hammock material? the gaps too big?

    Thanks.

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    Hammock bottoms tend to stretch in funny ways. You might hurt it, you won't know until you try.

    I would recommend connecting the "quilt" with some elastic to the suspension and do the pinning to the old bag.
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    I am unclear as to the benefit of the safety pins. I am all thumbs at best and the prospect of pinning the quilt to the hammock sends me into a tailspin. I run elastic to the suspension lines and hook to a biner. Once the initial adjustment is done it is an easy installation in the dark without a headlamp. Try that with safety pins. But if you see a benefit then it might be worth playing around with. But I think if I was going to test it I would want a scrap hammock to rest it on.
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    Don't use safety pins. They damage fabric and aren't that reliable under pressure. Velcro?

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    As a thought using the spring loaded paper clips. I believe they are called bulldog clips.
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    I have thought about using some tarp clamps, they would pinch on to my bag in 3 or 4 locations on each side and then run some cord through them. I wave not tried it but I think it will work with out hurting my bag any.

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    If I were going to try attaching anything to the bottom of my hammock again, I would use Grip Clips: http://www.jacksrbetter.com/GripClips.htm

    They work great.
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    Yeah ..... clips of a sort. Fer Sho'
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    Grip Clip Results

    I bought the grip clips.

    It was a little adventure using them becuase I was attaching the pad sleeve of the BA sleeping bag to the pad sleeve of the JRB BMBH. The attaching required my arms deep inside both pad sleeves and attaching without seeing the two parts.

    The sleeping bag doesn't have enough width compared to cover the full underside of the hammock but it worked well enough if I didn't use a pad AND I slept on my side all night.

    The second night I added a sleeping pad in to the pad sleeve of the BMBH to give the hammock a flatter shapeand the system did not well at all.

    That night I slept on my back and my shoulders would occasionally come in contact with uninsulated sides of the hammock. I did get a sense that the pad and bag combo beneath me was working great but that made touching the uninsulated sides even more noticable.

    So the lesson for me was that the width of the insulation needs to match the full half circle of the bridge hammock to be effective.

    I might try this with a wool blanket just so that I can continue to use the hammock thru the Fall as I want for Santa to bring me a Mt Wash 3 UQ.

    The grip clips will see winter duty as shock cord tarp tieouts.

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