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    New bridge bar attachment piece.

    I recently made a DIY bridge hammock and I used ski poles I found at a local thrift store as the spreader bars. You can't beat five bucks! The trouble was I had to figure out what kind of connection I was going to use to attach the poles to the suspension triangle. As you can see in the photo below I cut channels in the ends of the pipes. Easy enough with a dremel.

    IMG_3566 by pappy2012, on Flickr

    IMG_3560 by pappy2012, on Flickr
    Once I got everything just right it was like sitting in clouds of cotton candy. the only thing that bothered me was how I connected the bars to the hammock. I was worried that if I wiggled or torked in just the right way the rope would slip out of the channel and I didn't want that to happen. Here was my solution:

    IMG_3575 by pappy2012, on Flickr
    I made this piece out of two pieces of amsteel. Now the bar channels are flipped so they are horizontal and I feel like it would take a hurricane type force to cause the bar to pop off. When I first made the piece everything was very tight and close but after it had my body weight on it all that slack that I didn't pull tight enough found its way out. Also I should have put locked brummels on each end of 1 inch of splice between the two loops. I've just started playing around with this stuff so I'm sure in the next two models I'll get it just right.

    IMG_3570 by pappy2012, on Flickr

    IMG_3574 by pappy2012, on Flickr

    If anyone has any suggestions or tips I'm all ears.

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    that's nice. It also does a better job of centering the compression force, because the notches are vertically aligned rather than horizontally aligned (where the compression is heavier on the notch farthest away from the hammock, I think).
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    Ah neat idea... How about to clean all those loose ends up you make a continuous loop except where your pole need to attach in the center of the loop bury it so you poles can attach there. Like this.

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    continuous loop but before you finish the loop bury it in the center how ever wide you need it for your pole and it would look like what you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    that's nice. It also does a better job of centering the compression force, because the notches are vertically aligned rather than horizontally aligned (where the compression is heavier on the notch farthest away from the hammock, I think).
    totally my idea if pappy decides to give me credit

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    Quote Originally Posted by dedominick View Post
    totally my idea if pappy decides to give me credit
    maybe you were sniffing around in the photo gallery archives?
    It's sort of a cord version of this


    whichever of you cooked this up, it's a good idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    maybe you were sniffing around in the photo gallery archives?
    It's sort of a cord version of this


    whichever of you cooked this up, it's a good idea...
    Papppys cord idea, my vertical application to the cord idea, your work is our constant inspiration Thanks much.

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    All of life is a calibration but somebody has to take the credit. I would also like to claim the creation of the soft shackle, whoopie sling, and love. 1 Point awarded to Dedominick and Grizz for their outstanding support! I award myself the useful connection piece for my hammock.

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