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    I've been doing this my whole life! Spending more while saving $$. I don't figure my time because I enjoy the heck out of doing it. I also learn a great deal along the way.

    I'm just getting into hammock camping and I see it starting already! I've just spent the last couple of hours making some alcy stoves/pots/windscreens blah blah blah.

    Good times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro Vagabond View Post
    While I understand what you're saying Rev, through this website I have learned enough to save some money.
    There is a point to that. I was in on the early stages of the DIY craze here. I remember when we used to have to justify to ourselves the manliness of using a "thread injector". Yes... we learn on the backs of those that go before us. No question there. I wouldn't make some of the same mistakes again if I started as a noob now.

    My wife, (custom seamstress for hire) will not work on blue jeans for herself or anyone else. By the time they get done paying her to do the work (build or repair) they are above the cost for a reasonable pair of jeans from a department retail store. She will not _purchase_ a ready made bias cut, pure silk fitted evening gown for herself (or anyone else.) She can make one of comparable quality for less than half of what the retail stores charge. IOW... What you are looking to save money on is part of the whole equation as well. But that assumes the skills and abilities are already in place. She still swallows hard before she cuts into a length of silk @ $75.00 a yard.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    I sort of compare most of my DIY efforts to buying tools from Harbor Freight. I may have some working product at the end but the fit/finish probably won't be there. I usually won't DIY any gear that's going to make or break my trip if it fails (pack, tarp, hammock). I've modded a sleeping bag that came out OK and built several stoves. It's pretty hard to have a catastrophic failure in those that would end a trip.

    What's as bad as DIY is buying multiple times. That I'm very guilty of. I can't make myself shell out $300 on some widget but over time I'll end up buying 3 others (the $50, the $100, then the $150). I usually recoup most of my money by selling the stuff off but it's still a time waster. I guess I do get a chance to try a lot of different gear though. If the cheaper one will work fine then why get the top-of-the-line every time (especially when the wife is watching )?

    I've met a few "gear-dos" on the trail that had a lot of nice toys but needed a sherpa to help carry them. ....HYOH

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    Well that is the bottom line: did you have fun. That trumps other considerations like little to no cost savings. That, and customization of gear to exactly the way you want it.
    Absolutely, on both counts. Once you start making things you can't buy the fun increases, and the rationalizations start to sound sensible.

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    Chicks dig guys that can sew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    Chicks dig guys that can sew.
    Which makes "saving money" even less likely. 'Spceially if she is a "high maintenance" chick.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    I agree Rev, and even made a post on it a few months ago ($65 Traveler).

    However, you can't put a price tag on the cool factor! When someone asks where you got that cool hammock and you say - I built it - well, that's just the coolest...

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    my diy $$$ is akiller, I work in cuben!!@#%$% gnome

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    but Rat is right, how cool is that, gnome

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    Well I can't say I saved alot of money but I've had alot of fun. Well, it wasn't fun tearing out stitches but alot of it was. I have been lucky and have gotten most of my material from WW. for $1.50 - $2.00 I have messed around with different suspensions. I made my whoopies. I had a chunk of netting for over a cot and I tore it apart and made a bugnet. I found hammock forums and learnt alot before I started sewing. Thank you folks for that. I also made my own silnylon coating from a recipe I found here. I made doors for my tarp but don't like the material, from an old tent. I am going to make new doors. Then I am going to make a new tarp with doors.

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