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    My bridge has a bad hang

    Maybe I am unable to pitch it tight enough but take a look at the pictures to see that I can hang as flat in my other hammocks.
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    I have never made one, laid in one, but maybe if you added a ridgeline, that might help.

    Maybe,
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    Maybe just needs to be tighter? With the JRB, you were to tighten until the netting was tight, and then back off a bit. Or, tighten to 95"(?) between the center rings. It did not have any sag.

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    It looks really long to me. My head and feet are close to the end on mine. I think you are going to have to take it outside and find some trees to figure it out. It looks like the suspension is a little different. We need the bridge doctor Grizz to analyze it!

    I looked again and you are tying off a lot higher than you would in the field. That will have a definite impact on the tension.
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    is that nylon webbing?
    I wonder if that is stretching things out a bit.
    Perhaps the fabric is also.
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    I think that you neet to turn up the tension on the hammock. With the low tension it will sag in the middle. Keep increasing the tension untill it is flat or how you like it.

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    I think you need to hang it tighter.

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    Thanks to all of you. You are all saying the same thing....tighten. It is 80 inches long as recommended by Griz and 54 inches wide. The webbing is Polyester, the thread is too, but the hammock is some kind of polyester tafeta or some $%&*. It's not ripstop.
    I really liked the way the spreader bar pockets worked out though.
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    I had exactly this same experience the first time I hung my first bridge hammock. Here's the post. The basic problem was that I was attaching too high, up on an I-beam. To get some "resistence" from the hammock from dipping when you get into it, you need to have more tension on the webbing, somehow. I got it by lowering the attachment point.

    You may have to get out of the garage.

    A ridge-line helps. To get the right length you have to promise not to run away in terror from an equation. Here goes...

    Let L be the length of your hammock body.
    Let S be the length of your spreader bar.
    Let R be the length of the side of the suspension triangle from spreader bar to triangle apex (which will be the attachment point for the ridgeline).

    Your ridge-line ought to be L+1.73*sqrt( R*R - S*S/4 )

    This assumes a 30 degree ascent of the webbing from spreader bar to apex.

    Now when you hang, attach the ends so that you're pulling pretty hard on the ridgeline.

    In my hammock the ends of the ridgeline have rings. I take additional cord to trees horizontally and pull the ridge-line tight. Then I attach the suspension lines from rings to trees, give them a nice angle,and tighten up until the tension starts to pull up the rings. Then I can remove the extra cord from rings to trees, used solely to help find the right tension for the suspension lines.

    try it, you'll like it.

    welcome to the bridge club!

    Grizz

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    Yeah I'm going with you need to tighten the support lines. When I used a bridge I didn't lay a low in the butt area as you are.
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