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    what cordage do you use guys?

    ok, what cords is he using here?

    where do i get that stuff!?!?!
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    The link you provided is not showing up for me but you can check out these threads for some good discussion on types of line:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=3944
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=3459
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=3117
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    Quote Originally Posted by heescha View Post
    ok, what cords is he using here?

    where do i get that stuff!?!?!
    First, your link is broken. That's okay, though, because I can infer from the link text that you mean this page. If you read the materials section there, it is clear that he used Air Core Plus from here. I would recommend you looking at APS for cording. Their Spyderline in it's various diameters is popular here, as is Amsteel.
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    thanks guys! i also need to know what size you guys use for ridgeline?
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    Quote Originally Posted by heescha View Post
    thanks guys! i also need to know what size you guys use for ridgeline?
    3 mm should be sufficient for most quality cordage.
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    I went to the local sailing shop and found a few different varieties of low diameter, high strength line. Mine is this: http://www.englishbraids.com/products/indexm.html (The "dynamic line" second from the top) I believe I use the 3mm, but I cannot remember...

    Total weight for my support line and ridgeline is ~2 oz. I use the same line for both support and ridgeline, although for a ridgeline my rope is overkill. You only need about 200-300 pounds strength for the ridgeline whilst the supports need to hold around 600 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narwhalin View Post
    I went to the local sailing shop and found a few different varieties of low diameter, high strength line. Mine is this: http://www.englishbraids.com/products/indexm.html (The "dynamic line" second from the top) I believe I use the 3mm, but I cannot remember...

    Total weight for my support line and ridgeline is ~2 oz. I use the same line for both support and ridgeline, although for a ridgeline my rope is overkill. You only need about 200-300 pounds strength for the ridgeline whilst the supports need to hold around 600 pounds.
    Really? From previous reading I thought that the ridgeline had to be as strong as the suspension. If this is not the case, then I can run down to REI and get some 3mm rope there that will work just fine as a ridgeline, and not have to pay for shipping.

    Only $9.00 for 50 ft. and it has a strength of 400 lbs. Would that be ok?

    http://www.rei.com/product/729594

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    Quote Originally Posted by Incacamper View Post
    Really? From previous reading I thought that the ridgeline had to be as strong as the suspension.
    Only $9.00 for 50 ft. and it has a strength of 400 lbs. Would that be ok?

    http://www.rei.com/product/729594
    Yes, provided your suspension lines have enough sag. (approaching 30 degrees is generally recommended) As your suspension lines approach 0 degrees sag (from horizontal) the forces on the ridge line (and suspension lines) increase rapidly and you could break lines.
    Is that 400lb "strength" the breaking strength or the working load? Remember knots reduce strength as does wear & tear over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narwhalin View Post
    I went to the local sailing shop and found a few different varieties of low diameter, high strength line.
    I'm just amazed that you have a local sailing shop in Wichita, KS. I guess there are some big lakes near Wichita? Sorry to digress...


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    There is a small lake called Cheney Lake that is surprisingly popular for sailboating. I would have never thought that store exsisted except that I was at this lake all the time when I was a kid, and I figured someone would cater to sailboats.

    Funny thing is, when I called to make sure he would have the cord I needed, he told me that he couldn't sell it to me if it was for hammocking--only for boating. Confused, I sat there in silence until he said "Just joking..." What a charachter this guy was! Really funny and knowledgeable guy. And the line I ended up buying was .25 a foot, so really good deal, too!

    He also showed me a method for splicing lines that I will start a thread about now...

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