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    My DIY hammock needs help

    I was walking through the woods one day and decided hey. Let's make a trip out of this. Looked up lightweight sleeping options and opened a whole new world to me. After months of thinking I decided to make my hammock

    Double layer 1.1oz ripstop because that's all I could find.
    Whipped ends with the bight.
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    Originally I planned to just tie off my suspension line to my tree hugger. The suspension line is amsteel 7/64. Well my knots aren't holding up so I need some help. I'm wondering if there's a certain knot that would work best. I've also been looking into the truckers hitch. Any suggestions? Comments? Questions?

    I'm a new guy so I appreciate all input. I have been reading so much from posts here and there its boggling my mind lol.

    Thanks.

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    Welcome to HF!

    The most common recommended way to attach your Amsteel lines to tree straps is a marlinspike hitch. There are several videos nearby which show this. Here is one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPpndtQKWH4
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    PM me your address and I'll send you a pair of toggles.

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    Marlinspike = awsomeness

    Watch SHUG's Videos... On the KNOT, not the toggle!
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    Make your amsteel into Whoopie Slings and hang them on the marlin spike hitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    Make your amsteel into Whoopie Slings and hang them on the marlin spike hitch.
    +1 to whoopie slings. They're easy to use, really light weight, and you get a wide range of suspension length that is adjustable to the smallest degree possible. Good luck. Welcome to the hangin' life!

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    Sounds like the Hennessy figure 8 lash could work:
    http://hennessyhammock.com/articles/..._instructions/

    Really easy after you use it a couple of times. Not as easily adjustable as a whoopie sling/marlinspike or a descender ring setup, but light and very serviceable.
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    Go with the Marlin spike the Amsteel is slick so the spike won't let it slip.

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    Thanks for all the ideas. I was thinking about using a the toggle I think it is and having a permanent loop in the end of my suspension line. If I need to raise it I could just wrap the extra line around it. Comments?

    Edit to my own post... I should have watch the video first what I described is essentially the marlinspike lol. Is that guy. A hammock knot god or something?
    Last edited by joemcc; 01-17-2012 at 10:39.

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    Well I tried my idea of just wrapping the extra cord and though it was tedious it worked! I successfully hung and loved it.

    However...when I unwrapped it I noticed the amsteel looked really flat and smooshed. Dooes this cord bounce back or is that flatness a sign I should try something else.

    I also tried tying it off with three clove hitchs and it holds great but I'm looking for a knot that is easy to undue. The permanent loop at the end would work but the distance changes everytime so if me wrapping until its tight damages the rope I need something else. Sigh... the beginings of a gear maker with no knowledge lol.
    Last edited by joemcc; 01-17-2012 at 16:34.

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