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    Temporary whipping

    Time for DIY hammock version 2.0. I'm convinced I made my hammock too short and I was limited by Joanne Fabrics 3' wide bolts of nylon. But I recieved some new material in the mail yesterday that is way longer and 72" wide!!

    Question: Any ideas on how to temporarily whipp the hammock so I can play with different lengths before committing with thread and needle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToeJam View Post
    Time for DIY hammock version 2.0. I'm convinced I made my hammock too short and I was limited by Joanne Fabrics 3' wide bolts of nylon. But I recieved some new material in the mail yesterday that is way longer and 72" wide!!

    Question: Any ideas on how to temporarily whipp the hammock so I can play with different lengths before committing with thread and needle?
    Use zip-ties (AKA Cable Ties). Easy on and just snip it off. Hennesey used them for all of their hammocks.

    Actually you can use a zip-tie as your permanent whipping once you get the length you want dialed in.
    Another option is to tie a knot in the fabric- classic Speer Hammock technique.
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    Last edited by SlowBro; 02-22-2011 at 15:57.
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    Zip ties it is.... When I get it the I want it... I just leave the tie on. I larkshead my ring buckle lines to the hammock ends. The zip ties carry virtually no weight at all.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Zip Ties? I just used heavy cord, bought a spool at the big box store to train string beans on. Cut about two feet and followed Speers method of whipping. Took 3-5 minutes and has to be cheaper then the zip tie. I did some adjustments and had to adjust and rewhip. Didn't take long and still didn't cost anything. Eventually, zip ties will weather and snap but that does take a while with a good tie. Garanteed it will be at the most inconvenient time though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrClean417 View Post
    Zip Ties? I just used heavy cord, bought a spool at the big box store to train string beans on. Cut about two feet and followed Speers method of whipping. Took 3-5 minutes and has to be cheaper then the zip tie. I did some adjustments and had to adjust and rewhip. Didn't take long and still didn't cost anything. Eventually, zip ties will weather and snap but that does take a while with a good tie. Garanteed it will be at the most inconvenient time though.
    Nothing wrong with heavy cord. 3-5 minutes for whipping is good, but 15 seconds for a zip tie is faster. Zip tie is also fast to clip off to re-adjust versus cutting through all the whipping lines. Zip ties may weather, but I've never had any problem with my Hennessey after 3 years and it, like all Hennessey Hammocks, uses zip ties instead of whipping. Zip ties cost between one and four pennies each if you shop around. So for about the same cost as your heavy cord, which I assumed cost a buck or two, you could get 40-50 zip ties which would be more than enough for most folks to experiment with.

    So a zip tie is not necessarily better, but it is a good alternative to whipping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowBro View Post
    like all Hennessey Hammocks, uses zip ties instead of whipping.-Mark
    On my HH the hammock whipping is actually melted together and a couple holes are burned through for the suspension rope. The zip ties hold the cover over the whipping but don't really contribute to the whipping.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    On my HH the hammock whipping is actually melted together and a couple holes are burned through for the suspension rope. The zip ties hold the cover over the whipping but don't really contribute to the whipping.
    Mine are the same, I'm not sure what SloBro is talking about. I'm pretty sure all HH's are done like RamblinRev explained. Also, you wouldn't have to cut the whipping lines to adjust. You would simply undo the whipping, adjust, re-whip. That's what I do, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    On my HH the hammock whipping is actually melted together and a couple holes are burned through for the suspension rope. The zip ties hold the cover over the whipping but don't really contribute to the whipping.
    I stand corrected. I mistook the zip-tie that holds the cover over the whipping to be the whipping. Please forgive me.

    I was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG

    But as you can see in this image I borrowed from Grizz of a mod he did- there is the whipping when you take the cover off.



    So help me out here. In my mind whipping's main purpose is to hold the gathers together. Nothing more. Nothing less. It can be incorporated into the suspension as hennessey does, but for most people it is a gather holder. So why wouldn't zip ties work and work well. They bear little weight. Whatever you tie off with, larks head, clove hitch, etc is what the suspension depends on. Am I out to lunch on this, too?
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    I've heard of them being used, maybe on JustJeffs site?

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