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    Bridge hammock help PLEASE!

    I want to build a bridge hammock. Can I use flat webbing or does it have to be tube type? Also the material does it need to be 1.9 or can it be 1.5 ripstop? Any resent plans out their?
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    Does not have to tubular just has to be strong enough with minimal stretch. For average person I would stick with the 1.9 fabric or double layer of 1.1 if you plan on a pad pocket. BWWD has some 1.0 black that may make a good double layer. BTW if you leave the sides open on a double layer you could tuck your bugnet between the layers for a tight seal without zippers. I did this on my daughter's hammock.

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    I use 1/2" non tubular webbing. 1.5 will work but depending your weight there will be stretch.
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    I was going to use your bug net concept. I like the idea of no zippers. I guess that you could use the same principle for a cold weather shield. I have some 1.5 ripstop for BWWD and thought of a double layer. I have some 1.1 I want to use on the ends. I was thinking 35 or 36 spreader bars. I'm not sure on doing a cat cut, I don't think it is all that necessary.
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    Well... let's see...
    There's this thread: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=25138
    And this one (which has many links to others): http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=23110

    Hope that helps. I'm thinking about a DIY bridge, too. I have the BMBH from JRB, which I love, but I just wanna try my hand at makin' one, too.

    I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    3/4" polyester webbing from Strapworks or others works fine. As long as its strong.

    Check any material you are planning on using for the bed by strongly pulling width-wise. If you see any stretching or distortion, beware, it will tend to pull out at the stitching.

    In addition to above references, search for posts and gallery pics by Grizzly Adams and TeeDee to start, then for Bridge hammocks in general. There have been a lot of refinements since early threads so pay more attention to later posts.
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    Russmay,

    I have used both the flat webbing and tube for the sides in a Bridge. If I recall … check the difference between the weight and strength of the two types of webbing. Also, I have used Samson Amsteel with a combination of flat and tube for the sides, too.

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    I'm not sure on doing a cat cut, I don't think it is all that necessary.
    That really is what makes the bridge hammock. With out it you will not have the flat lay that you get with the bridge.

    Thought I would add this from a recent PM to someone else. If you are using cord to form the triangle this is a quick easy way to make the .625 pole ends for spreader bars.

    I have been doing the tent pole a different way on the last one I made. You can get the .625 pole tips and cut the small part off. The large part locks into the pole end. I then drilled a hole thru the pole and insert. I cut out the metal above the hole to form a U shaped slot in the end of pole. This slot will slide on the cord and it is all one piece. I dipped the ends of pole in the plasti-dip type stuff. If you wanted to leave the poles on the hammock you could run the cord thru the holes and not cut the slot out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russmay View Post
    I'm not sure on doing a cat cut, I don't think it is all that necessary.
    Quote Originally Posted by hangnout View Post
    That really is what makes the bridge hammock. With out it you will not have the flat lay that you get with the bridge.
    It does not need to be a mathematically perfect catenary or parabolic curve, but (capturing the gist of hangout's comment) you need to have a curve that is that general shape there. For example, TeeDee's curves come from the shape of a thin bent tentpole held in place at the center and ends of the curve. That's neither catenary nor parabolic.
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    First of all, thanks for all the great ideas and reference to other threads. I too have JRB BMBH and find it to be quite comfortable for a side/stomach sleeper. I want to build one that is a bit wider, I do have shoulder squeeze in the BMBH. I picked up 25 feet of flat webbing the other day. It is the same type of webbing the Warbonnett BB uses for his strap suspension except it is 3/4. So I think it would be good for this application. I just got to figure out my dimensions now.
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