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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Narwhalin View Post

    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!
    That IS funny


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    Ridgeline breaking strength

    I am sorry you all, I didn't notice the discussion about the breaking strength of the ridgeline. Read this page about adding a ridgeline by Jeff:

    http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeHammock4.html

    From that page:

    First, choose your cord. Anything with a breaking strength of about 200-300 lbs should work, but just like hammock supports it should probably be low-stretch. I've had 550 cord stretch so much that it wasn't useful. I've also used BPL Air Core 2, which is very thin and light so I thought it would be perfect...but it was so thin that it was damaging the hammock supports. Right now my favorite is BPL Air Core Plus...it's really too expensive for this use, but I had some already cut to the right length so I put it on there. Webbing can also work.
    Regardless, my stuff won't break. It is the same as I use for the support lines. Looks better that way, anyhow!

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    i guess i just don't understand tensil strength...can someone explain that?
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    so would this work for a ridge line?

    http://www.rei.com/product/729597?cm...l_item*element

    and by the way...i'm trying to make my hammock support up to 400 lbs
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