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    diagram for hanging hammock - comments?

    please comment on my diagram for hanging my eno.
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    jmo and I can't give proof of the damaging effects, but the only bit of living tissue in a tree trunk is the single layer of cells immediately under the bark(cambrial?), you might want to consider protecting the tree from the line... otherwise the use of duel garda hitches seems like a good alternative for those people who would usually use a carabiner... just tie some spectra to the webbing instead. I'll try the duel hitches on some rings later
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    welcome to HF hammock. very appropriate name

    yeah, i'd have to wonder if the tubing would distribute the force of the spider line well enough.
    my guess is that it would not. so it would be rough on a tree w/ thinner, smoother bark.
    but worth looking into. ...tim
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    Thank you for taking a look.
    Would it be possible to use a larger diameter rope as a sling to protect the tree and a smaller one to connect the hammock?
    I'm not sure if dual garda hitches will work with two ropes of different diameter (or even with two ropes of the same diameter).
    I would test it myself but I don't have any of the equipment yet.

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    Okay, all tested... your results may vary... this may be difficult to explain but I don't want to be up all night taking a picture, so...
    with webbing in an overhand knot into a lark's head around two descending rings, then the webbing wrapped around the tree, the other end of the webbing I had tied a 1' length of my spectra that gets tied back into the rings in a garda hitch(completing the 'biner free tree hugger) then run the support line through in a garda hitch also.
    With the same size spectra it held, with different size spectra it started to slide... on the garda hitch you have to make sure that the load end of the line is on the correct side of the hitch(forms a V with the free end inbetween), if you just tie the hitch proceeding in one direction it won't hold.
    Since a little tension has to be maintained during all of this I think I'll just continue to use a loop of rope (like treedweller does?) instead of a 'biner.
    As far as using a larger diameter rope as a sling to protect the tree... I've seen forestry service guys use pretty thick rope for their slings; which may be like comparing apples to oranges and make it all moot for our purposes anyway. Most if not all of the hammock makers seem to be using webbing instead to spread out the load.
    I'm sure you've seen all various discussions in the forums about different suspensions, a popular topic with a lot of opinions... and we know what opinions are like. I hope you find a conclussion you're satisfied with
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