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    Quote Originally Posted by Captn View Post
    Can you make the top cover out of bug netting with shock cord on the bottom channels of that top piece?
    Brilliant Idea!!!!
    Wish I would have thought of it...
    ... a bit after 2pm today...
    I could have called it something artsy like "post number 8"

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjcress View Post
    I've got the side netting done. Haven't started the cover yet... can't decide which way I want to do it, and its getting a bit past my bed time.


    Great timing on this thread, by the way.
    I took my 7 yr old daughter on her first backpacking trip last weekend with a bunch of HF.net folks. She used my wife's HH ULBA... which I put up for sale last Friday. The HH sold, so my daughter is on me to do 2 things:
    -add a bug net to her DIY hammock
    -add a HH style bottom entry to her DIY hammock.
    So far, this looks like a super option for making a bug net that will keep the bugs off of her, but make it easy for her to get in and out from the sides. Maybe she'll like it enough that I won't have to add the HH style bottom entry.
    One thing to watch out for is that the top of the netting is not straight when hammock is occupied especially with an asym lay. Make sure the top cover is big enougn to cover the gap. I am going to add more length to the bugnet if I get around to making another one.

    Nothing like hammocks and kids. Hammocks and/or camping have let me spend time with my daughters doing something we both enjoy. My youngest (2sticks) is working on sewing her first hammock but she wants to use her removable bugnet so we don't get to try this idea out on hers.

    Waiting on pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hangnout View Post
    One thing to watch out for is that the top of the netting is not straight when hammock is occupied especially with an asym lay. Make sure the top cover is big enougn to cover the gap....

    Waiting on pics!
    Now you tell me!

    (actually, I think you did mention it)
    I got impatient and knew that if I went to bed I'd just lay there thinking about how to do the cover... so I made the cover.
    It is removable and looks very much like what you have in your video, only narrower.
    ... and I'm pretty sure I made it too narrow in the center.
    We shall see tomorrow when the shockcord arrives and I can install it, but I'm pretty certain it will prove to be WAY too narrow in the center of the cover.
    The good thing is that I can always just add a strip to the cover to make it wider. Maybe even in a different color to provide contrast and possibly make folks think it was done on purpose for aesthetic reasons.

    I'm thinking that I'll have to add 4 grosgrain loops to the hammock edge hem to attach the shock cord for the cover so that it will pull down towards the bug net side panels. Hmmm. It may not even require full shockcord. I think I'll start with a 12" section of shock cord on one end of some spectra. (I have more spectra than shockcord)

    I should post pics now, but instead I'm going to bed.
    What I've done so far isn't particularly picture worthy anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by hangnout View Post
    Waiting on pics!
    Here are 3 links to pics I took this morning. Sorry the pics are terrible. Low light + a crappy camera = poor quality photos.

    Full picture

    Just the bug net and cover, before installing the shockcord... white spectra temporarily in the top of the bug net channel for now, and nothing in the channel on the cover yet.

    and a close up of how I slipped the cover ends over the whipped ends of the hammock.

    So far:
    - My cover started as 80" long (for a short, kid's hammock), 20" wide at the ends, and 8" wide in the center (trying to approximate a curved cut). I screwed up the hem allowance, so it is ~7" in the center after hemming both edges. I think this will have to be wider, and I'll likely add a 2-3" wide stripe to each side of the cover to make it an additional 4-6" wide at the center. Won't know about this until I get the shock cord and install it to see if/how much wider it needs to be.

    -Not happy with how I installed the cover by slipping over the whipped end. To get it to slip over the bundle of fabric at the whipped end I had to make the hole big enough that it wants to slide down the hammock body. Likely will add a loop to pass the suspension through so that the cover won't slide towards the center.

    -if the box of supplies doesn't arrive today I'll be pretty disappointed. Can't wait to get the shockcord installed and load my little girl in the hammock to see how this works.
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    Great job,,, I like it...

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    Looking good. Wish I had mentioned making the top cover bigger earlier

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    Question and a comment.
    How do you sew/attach the bug net to the edge of the hammock?

    There was some mention but not much follow up on securing the bug net under the hammock. How about 3 - 4 loops on the left and right shock cord to secure the bug net under the hammock in cooler (bug free weather)?

    Could the bug net secured under the hammock then be used to hold a blue pad? Now it keeps bugs out in warm weather and holds a foam pad in cool weather.

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    That is a fantastic idea, hangnout!
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