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    Paracord question

    does paracord stretch to much to use in your suspension system along with nylon strap? I hope I ask this question with the right terminology, I am very new to Hammock hanging and learning a lot from y'all.

    I did a search and could not find anything about this.

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    Paracord over 6 feet will stretch quite a bit with a load. Also depends on the angle of the hang.

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    Im 225 pounds ive used real 550 cord doubled up several times .make sure the para cord has 7 strands in it, yes it will stretch a little bit but it will stop.
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    In a word... YES!.

    Paracord is nylon and stretches so much I won't even use it for tarp lines if I have anything else. But it can be handy at times - just not for hammock suspension.

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    Paracord and any other Nylon will stretch quite a bit if used for a hammock suspension. However the much larger problem is that it's not any where close to strong enough. Many people have learned that lesson the sore way with it snapping and dropping them. That however does not stop folks from trying.....add padding to the ground if you give it a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgibson View Post
    Paracord and any other Nylon will stretch quite a bit if used for a hammock suspension. However the much larger problem is that it's not any where close to strong enough. Many people have learned that lesson the sore way with it snapping and dropping them. That however does not stop folks from trying.....add padding to the ground if you give it a go.
    Thanks to y'all for such a quick responds. Ok, now what do y'all recommend?
    Last edited by Dannytoo; 11-22-2011 at 18:39. Reason: spelling

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    Amsteel is the most common type of cord used in Hammock suspensions currently, with most folks making whoopie slings from it. But there are a few other options, Dynaglide, polyester webbing so on and so forth.
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    +1 on the amsteel blue, very high strength to weight ratio and very little stretch something on the order of 0.46% elongation(of total length) at 10% of its breaking load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHangingTechy View Post
    +1 on the amsteel blue, very high strength to weight ratio and very little stretch something on the order of 0.46% elongation(of total length) at 10% of its breaking load.
    I am very new to the hammock hanging and I have not got a clue as to what you said?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannytoo View Post
    I am very new to the hammock hanging and I have not got a clue as to what you said?
    lets say you have 10 feet of amsteel blue....7/64ths of an inch wide...it has an average breaking strength of 1600lbs.

    Load that line to 160 pounds, 10% load of breaking strength, and you have 0.46% of stretch meaning over 10 feet multiplied by 0.46% equals 0.552 inches of stretch...compared to anything else that stretch will be much..much more as with my first experiences with paracord, roughly 3 inches my best guess...meaning your butt could hit the ground (ive had it happen with paracord.)

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