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    Double sheet bend for hanging?

    Hello,

    I'm still figuring out the modifications to my Claytor Jungle Hammock to use it with adjustable straps and ring buckles as described on JustJeff's site.

    My question is: Is a double sheet bend a good knot for hanging? That is to say, I will have a strap round the tree (with a 'biner) run through the rings for adjustment. The rings will have a short length of 4mm cord tied to them. The other end of the cord must attach to the hammock. I cannot run the cord through the stitched channel at the end of the hammock as it is too thin and will probably tear or wear the fabric. So, I will use some 20mm webbing there.

    I will take a length (about 0.5m) of 20mm webbing and stitch two small loops in each end. I will run the webbing through the stitched channel and put the two loops together. I will tie the 4mm line (from the rings) through both loops using a double sheet bend. This knot will hold all the weight.

    Does this sound like a reasonable construction?
    Is the double sheet bend a good knot for this purpose?
    If not (!) is there a better knot?

    Comments are welcome.

    Thanks,

    A

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    AME. that is exactly how I hang my Claytor. Mule
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    Double sheetbend will hold fine but you may be over thinking it. I have used similar size rope on the Claytor with no problems. I would just use a loop of rope and and a larkshead to attach the rings. You could also just sew the webbing into a loop on the Claytor and use the larkshead again.

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    Thanks for the comments. As long as I know this is an appropriate knot I am happy about using it. I did think about sewing the webbing into a loop through the channel and using a larkshead, but I decided that if I ever wanted to revert to a stock setup, or to try something different I'd need to cut the sewing. That, and sewing two loops in the end of the webbing is quicker/easier than sewing the webbing into a loop in situ (I am sewing by hand BTW).

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by HANGnOUT View Post
    Double sheetbend will hold fine but you may be over thinking it. I have used similar size rope on the Claytor with no problems. I would just use a loop of rope and and a larkshead to attach the rings. You could also just sew the webbing into a loop on the Claytor and use the larkshead again.
    This is an excellent idea.

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    I love the double sheet bend knot for my hammocks. I think it's fast and allows quicker turn around when experimenting with the fold. I have never had a double sheet bend knot pull out. I have had a lashing pull out.

    I'm in the minority here. Most will discourage you. They say that they use the lashing method and that once you become proficient, there is no or little time saved. They say once you "do it right" it won't pull out. They may be right, but,I don't agree. For me, the double sheet bend knot works best.

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    Anyone try this?

    I'm a newbie with a problem unmentioned elsewhere--(maybe i don't know my way around the forum?)

    Maybe it's the nylon rope, but at abt. 190 lbs., five minutes in a hammock renders the hugger and hamm. knots too tight to untie. So I tried the foll. with success:

    Both the huggers and hamm. end ropes end with a small permanent bowline. (big enough to pass the other end thru.) The hugger wraps around the tree, and after several turns tucks back thru the bowline secured by a 3 inch bamboo toggle. (placed where wanted with a marlinspike hitch or figure 8's)
    Then when breaking camp you just pull the toggle and everything collapses.
    Bamboo's strong as hell and doesn't weigh squat.

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    hey, if it works for you, a few here do use the marlin spike hitch.

    i would say though, that the reason your knots are hard to untie is that you are using the wrong knots. try something slipped and you can just pull on the free end to untie the knot. like a slipped double sheetbend for tying directly to webbing or a slipped buntline hitch for tying to any type of ring/biner.

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