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    Attn: Fronkey open bottom style bugnet users

    I'm in the process a making different types of bugnets to go with my DIY hammocks. I am considering the open bottom bugnet the Fronkey detailed in his instructional video here .... http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ghlight=Bugnet

    I think I like the design, but one thing bothers me. Does the bottom really seal up such that bugs can't sneak their way in?

    I toss and turn during the night. Plus I use a partial UQ. All this has me thinking that there are a lot of obstacles challenging a tight seal. I live in Florida where bug protection isn't an option. So, I'm looking for some confirmation before making this my next project.
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    I personally have never had any bugs sneak into my hammock for a late night snack.
    One of the reasons I mentioned to put a cord lock on it was so you can tighten it to compensate for the size of your quilt. Also, I do spray my stuff with permethrin which helps out a little bit too.

    I understand your concern and am hoping some others chime in to give their thoughts as well.

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    The seal happens where the net first drapes over the hammock edge and does a good job against flying insects. Permethrin on the net and hammock take care of the rest.

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    I just ordered the materials for one. I'm making one change. The shock cord channel will be grosgrain, which will soak up and hold permethrin, which the netting will not. This, along with treating my hammock, should do the trick.
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    How timely ! I just bought several yards of tulle at Joanne's today! First bug net. Looking foreword to input from those who have made this!

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    OG, that sounds like a really cool mod. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

    Here are a couple videos from Fireinmybones and Tendertoe on the ones they made and their mods. Maybe this will help some.





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    I'd say so ...

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    Thanks to all for the replies as well as the additional helpful hints and variations.

    Well, it looks as if this project is a "go." I'm off to JoAnns this weekend for some tulle. That will be my prototype material.

    I've made other style bugnets from tulle with the intension of replacing the "prototype" with more durable fabrics, but my tulle bugnets are still going strong after a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Thanks to all for the replies as well as the additional helpful hints and variations.

    Well, it looks as if this project is a "go." I'm off to JoAnns this weekend for some tulle. That will be my prototype material.

    I've made other style bugnets from tulle with the intension of replacing the "prototype" with more durable fabrics, but my tulle bugnets are still going strong after a year.
    I would stay away from tulle. Mine has been torn and patched three times already. I'm going to diy a hammock and make another Fronkey net with no-see um. Also, on my GTUL, I had an abundance of netting that hung to the ground. This time I'm going to do Fireinmybones' mod to save money and extra netting. The DIY gear supply netting is only 54", but I plan to sew a 6" piece of ripstop around the bottom edge and sew my shockcord channel in that. I believe this will do two things. Snug up better around the bottom of the hammock and make it easier to cinch the shock cord.
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    The only time I have any issues with the netting is when I'm not in it. I had two large mayflies get stuck in the netting but I saw them before I climbed in. They don't bite, but I wouldn't have liked them buzzing around my ears all night. I use a partial UQ and do not have issues while in the hammock.
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