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    well if you don't want the dirt approach then toss them in the washing machine - basically anything to get the surface roughed up a little

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    maybe use some 600-800 grit sand paper from Lowes? That's what I use to hone my axe back to a razors edge.. should scoar the webbing without really damaging it
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    Seatbelt webbing

    I made my own straps out of 2" seatbelt webbing and haven't had any problems. I agree with the extra wrap but it's only necessary on smaller diameter trees for me. I have a loop sewn on one end that I pass the free end through and that tightens down on the tree. If your webbing is a large loop that doesn't tighten on the tree I can't speak to that but it would make sense as to why it was slipping. I'm by no means an expert.

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    I rubbed one strap over a 2x4 on the deck railing as bigbamaguy suggested. I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed from one end to the other, and on both sides of the strap. I then compared that strap to the other in original condition and I could not tell any difference in holding tight. Maybe, as Imoseley7 suggests, if the loops were smaller, they would hold tighter.... . Keep the ideas coming!
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    well one off the wall idea is to lash the strap once after feeding it through the loop - that is to say feed the free end of the strap up under the part going around the tree holding onto a bit of the strap below then take the free end and feed it under the standing part that you are holding and pull tight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hog On Ice View Post
    well one off the wall idea is to lash the strap once after feeding it through the loop - that is to say feed the free end of the strap up under the part going around the tree holding onto a bit of the strap below then take the free end and feed it under the standing part that you are holding and pull tight
    If you're describing what I'm picturing, I think it will be very difficult to untie.

    I'm with the "smaller loop" group to give it a little more resistance against falling free. Put a rubber band, clothespin, paperclip. etc. around one loop to simulate having it stitched and see if it solves the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hog On Ice View Post
    well one off the wall idea is to lash the strap once after feeding it through the loop - that is to say feed the free end of the strap up under the part going around the tree holding onto a bit of the strap below then take the free end and feed it under the standing part that you are holding and pull tight
    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    If you're describing what I'm picturing, I think it will be very difficult to untie.

    I'm with the "smaller loop" group to give it a little more resistance against falling free. Put a rubber band, clothespin, paperclip. etc. around one loop to simulate having it stitched and see if it solves the problem.
    No, G. What HOI is describing will pull right out. It's just a half hitch after you put the tag through the loop (I think! ) That's an excellent idea, Hog. That's what I'm going to try today.

    Also, a rubber band on the loop is an excellent idea for simulating a smaller loop. But, also, that makes me think of fixing a rubber band around the loop fabric PERMANENTLY to create some friction on the loop. I just gotta figure out how to wind a loop around a loop. Maybe just some "scratchier" polypropylene line whipped around the loops...Yeah, that'll work, I think. Stay tuned! Thanks, brothers and sisters!
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    While I have never had a problem with straps

    slipping, I like the ideas of sanding, washing etc to roughen up the weave a bit. And Paul's admonition about dirt is correct - you don't want to weaken the webbing by infusing it with thousands of little sharp cutting surfaces!

    If tree diameter and spacing permit, could you cinch the strap by feeding one end through the other loop? This would snug the system and possibly reduce the slipping.

    Strategically placed squiggles of silicone caulk might increase the grip as well.

    Jim

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    +1 on the no dirt due to possible cutting particles.

    Please allow me to toss in a super-simplistic and totally reversible fix. I have wanted to add a little friction between my straps and trees when I used smooth metal or just very smooth trees to hang my hammock. Try a small strip of rubber grippy shelf liner under the strap. It can be moved to the place you feel is most strategic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    Also, a rubber band on the loop is an excellent idea for simulating a smaller loop. But, also, that makes me think of fixing a rubber band around the loop fabric PERMANENTLY to create some friction on the loop. I just gotta figure out how to wind a loop around a loop. Maybe just some "scratchier" polypropylene line whipped around the loops...Yeah, that'll work, I think. Stay tuned! Thanks, brothers and sisters!
    The whipping knot may be what you are looking for



    Grizz demoed it in one of his videos for use with whoopie slings (it's the grey line in the above picture), but it sounds like you could just as easily use it for your purposes.

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