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    My first suspension system

    If you read my earlier post about my hammock, you know that I was waiting for rings to come in from REI. Not to be known as a patient man, I made them up at work today. They are 2" OD with a 1 1/2" ID 5/16" thick.
    I've read that the descending rings may slip, but with mine I have a 1/4" flat surface that pinches the webbing tight. No slipping here!

    Anyway...this is my setup.....I cut off the long black webbings supplied with the hammock as I thought they were just way to long and way to complicated to setup. I tied my 2 rings to the shortened end webbing at the head and foot of the hammock.

    I then used 4 tie down straps for my webbing. They're cheap and strong.
    The first one is kept long and I just tied a over hand knot to form a loop at each end. I did this so that I would have extra long reach around the largest trees. These were extra straps that I had when I frayed it tying down some fire wood on a long commute. I had to cut the hook ends off.

    My next tie down strap, I cut off the hook so that I could use the sowed loop to attach my carabiner. The carabiner is clipped to the tree huggers and then it runs to the rings I made and are attached there with a Garda hitch. Clean and simple! It may not be the lightest or even the most compact, but I'd bet ya it's not too far off.
    I then ran a separate line from carabiner to carabiner. I just tied off my mosquito netting to this in order to keep it off my face.

    I'm sure I'll be tweeking it more, but for now I'm more than satisfied.

    What I like about it is that the rings are attached to the hammock and so all I have to do is put up my tree huggers, attach my carabiner to the loops in the tree huggers and run that strap, which is already attached to the carabiner to my rings and tie off with a Garda hitch. You snug up each end little by little so that you have your hammock centered and your done.
    I love its simplicity!

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    Looks nice!!

    It's a little hard to tell in the first photo - did you break the edges so that they don't abrade your webbing?
    Mike

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    MikeN...yeah I broke the edges a bit. I may go back and chuck them up on the lathe and do a better job, but for now I like the way they grab. There was NO slipping at all!

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    Very nice.

    As long as you got the lathe running, you may as well spin off a few dozen more for your hammock forum friends.
    I'd still back up the rings with a slippery half hitch for insurance.
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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    Cool shop project Mark!

    But I was wondering - in the second picture it looks like the double-overhand webbing knot is tied incorrectly. If it is, tension on the knot would tend to pull the knot through. Properly tied the double overhand in web actually self-tightens.

    I will try to find a link.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Very nice.

    As long as you got the lathe running, you may as well spin off a few dozen more for your hammock forum friends.
    I'd still back up the rings with a slippery half hitch for insurance.
    I was thinking the same thing. Send me a set and I'll weigh them for you
    It's only an addiction if your trying to quit

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimator View Post
    I was thinking the same thing. Send me a set and I'll weigh them for you
    I'd love to guys, but I was fortunate that we had a piece of 2" round aluminum stock at work. Normally, we have no need for stock this size and there is just a small amount left. My descending rings will be in from REI this Friday and I want to see if they're any better. I already paid for them so I might as well check them out.

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    I like it!
    Good ide to hang up the mosquitonet in the line over the hammock.
    I have tried complicated ide's but often it fails when your out there in the forrest.
    Basic is the best, is what i think.
    VINNI :-)

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