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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    Glad to hear that you placed some limiters on the legs. On the concrete the legs might not slip, but... gravity will hurt you! Good looking stand. What is the other hammock you're using?
    Shown in the pics are the Hennessey and a Byer.

    use the Byer on day hikes/rides for lounging.
    use the Hennessy for "planned" overnighters.

    thx again OD.

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    i was thinking of alternate, lightweight, modular and cheap ways to replace the chain link fence ridge pole. was at the gun show recently and saw these old military tent poles for a decent price.

    http://store.colemans.com/cart/pole-...es-p-1476.html

    i would require enough poles to stretch out to at least 10' (for me). the way my rig is designed, all the weight is suspended by the two tri-pods. so this "ridge" pole is basically keeping the tri pods from inward on eachother.

    has anyone tried this and did it work? would it work? thoughts? thx guys.

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    I used 3/4 conduit for my wife and kids stand but know that would not work for me at all. Still looking at an aluminum or titanium stand but can not get cost to meet design...

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    I have read through all 51 pages and I have a question regarding the ridge pole. Is it necessary if you reduce the length of the rear pole on the tripod, changing the angle of the front legs to something closer to the desired 30 degree hang.

    I realize this will require longer poles on the front end (~8-9' long), but overall it should reduce weight and the need for a ridge pole.

    Thoughts?
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    Badchef: No. The tripods take the weight straight down to the ground, dividing it up into six equal parts. Therefore, having the top of the tripod directly centered among the three legs gives it the most stability. The tripods don't know they're holding up a hammock! The ridgepole is only to keep the tripods from tipping inward. The 30 degree angle is still important to your comfort, but only as it relates to your suspension-"imaginary vertical line"-ground triangle. Does that make any sense?! P.S. Loved your video this morning--beautiful area!


    PPS: Upon re-reading your post, I see where you're headed. Trying to eliminate the ridgepole. I've thought the same thing. I figured that, by the time you got the legs angled inward enough, they'd interfere with your hang. I never tried it though. Let us know if you do any "real world" 'sperimentin'.
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    Pips, Thanks for the reply and the props on the video.

    It's helpful. I am searching the forum for an easily portable stand that I can take to a farm where I do not expect a lot of trees and would prefer not to have metal in the middle of an open field in the Spring.
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    Ah, yes. Metal and lightning: You could make a TL stand out of all wood like QChan (all bamboo) and Gmctter (all saplings) (see pages 5 and 6, this thread)

    I made my first stand from saplings too, but I used a TV antenna mast as the ridgepole. NOT for open area hanging!

    Good luck!
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    Badchef - you can use anything for the ridgepole that's strong enough. A 2x4 works just fine. The reason for the metal is that it can be broken into several pieces for transport and retain it's strength.

    The ridgepole is where the majority of force is taken (inward, along the line of the ridgepole) . Without tieouts, i dont see a way to eliminate the ridgepole.

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    What about 2 inch pvc or the like for the ridge pole? Would it work against a compressive load? You could use threaded adapter fittings to break it into sections to make it more portable and it's not conductive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Porloff94 View Post
    What about 2 inch pvc or the like for the ridge pole? Would it work against a compressive load? You could use threaded adapter fittings to break it into sections to make it more portable and it's not conductive.
    I did try 1 1/2" Sch80 before I went to the fence post... it bowed too easily - no idea how large a diam you'd need before it wouldn't.

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