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    auto seat belt material

    Hey guys got a used HH Ultra-lite jungle hammock coming next couple of days.
    Been reading everything I could and wondered if seat belt material from a wrecked car would make good tree straps ?
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    I have some 2 inch straps (from an old Hennessy) and some 1 inch straps (from Tree To Trail Gear) and they look exactly like seat belt material. I would think they are strong enough considering the forces they are supposed to be able to take in a serious collision.
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    To my knowledge you might run into two problems. Depending on the application the length might be an issue. Most likely you would be fine for most trrees you would find in the eastern continental area. Unless you want to use them for the full suspension. The second problem is width as the most popular webbing hardware is designed for 1" wide webbing. But there are work arounds for that as well.
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    seat belt width, length

    Got me to thinking, now that's dangerous, we have been sewing boat top material, nylon, cotton etc. for years. I have a German hot knife plus a couple of Weber soldering guns with cutting tips on them. I could split the s/b material down the middle and cut it to any length necessary. Just wondering about the cut edge the belt material will be a little rough from the hot cut. Have to figure how to finish the edge after it's cut.
    Any ideas? Looking for a serger as we speak that might work.
    I've made motorcycle hold down straps from synthetic webbing always had to hand stitch due to the thickness even the commercial walking foot singer had trouble with them. The s/b material should sew fine. I have some in the barn I'll cut some pieces and give it a try. report back.
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    I salvaged 4 lenghts from a wrecked car. Aprox 9 feet (1 meter) each. I then used my thread injektor and made loops at the ends. They are free and works just fine for me.
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    seat belt material

    One of the things I forgot to mention.
    We are motorcycle campers so weight isn't an issue .
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    i have some straps made from seat belt material 1.5" works just fine just stay on top of the frays.

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    With respect for the fact that I am slow, I must say that I dont understand going thru all of that trouble to use seat belt material...
    Enlighten me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakerock View Post
    With respect for the fact that I am slow, I must say that I dont understand going thru all of that trouble to use seat belt material...
    Enlighten me?
    When you live at the nothermost outpost of Europe, all the wonderfull ropes, webbings and fabrics mentioned at HF are (almost) out of reach. I have to adapt the ideas presented here and then use whats availible localy.

    Obtaining the seat belt was easy and free. Sewing was easy. It serves the purpose and I am a happy camper. No big difference making tree staps from another type of webbing.

    If I wanted to stay out of trouble I would stay out of the DIY part of the forum, and just buy comercial products - but where is the fun in that
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    Quote Originally Posted by cc flash View Post
    Got me to thinking, now that's dangerous, we have been sewing boat top material, nylon, cotton etc. for years. I have a German hot knife plus a couple of Weber soldering guns with cutting tips on them. I could split the s/b material down the middle and cut it to any length necessary. Just wondering about the cut edge the belt material will be a little rough from the hot cut. Have to figure how to finish the edge after it's cut.
    Any ideas? Looking for a serger as we speak that might work.
    I've made motorcycle hold down straps from synthetic webbing always had to hand stitch due to the thickness even the commercial walking foot singer had trouble with them. The s/b material should sew fine. I have some in the barn I'll cut some pieces and give it a try. report back.
    Mike
    CC, being an Auto Engineer (Interior Parts), want to let you know that this would weaken the straps TREMENDOUSLY.... the weave of the belting is in both directions, splitting down the middle or so would remove so much ability to hold tension that even a melted edge wouldn't hold it together.
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