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    grandmother of all quandries

    hello all...newbie here

    i was led here after finding a link on google, then for some reason couldnt find the thing i was looking for when i got here. So I decided to register and post this thread.

    I am trying to figure out what is the best method to prevent a hammock getting wet in the rain due to water being absorbed into the ropes and thus into the hammock itself. i guess you guys know what i mean. No tarp can completely cover the hammock ropes, and so the part of rope that is exposed gets wet and gradually runs down the rope into the hammock etc etc...resulting in fist shaking at the heavens and various other folly. I am playing around with a few ideas how to prevent this....but info is suprisingly scant on the web.

    Does anyone here have any ideas? :

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    drip lines

    you came to the right place. We know this problem and its solutions. If I type fast enough I'll be the first to answer.

    Tie a short narrow length of water absorbing material, like cheap shoelaces, onto the line, under the tarp. Any running water hits that, and drips down.

    Google around on "drip line hammock" and you'll pick up other posts on it.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Yes, most of us on this forum deal with this issue in one form or another. Replacing whatever 'ropes' you are using with a hydrophobic type of cord or webbing is the solution, along with adding something that acts as a 'drip ring'.

    We can probably make a specific recommendation if we knew - What type of hammock?

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    There are several ways. The three I have used are:

    (1) Tie a drip rope to the hammock rope under the tarp. Water running down the hammock rope will be diverted toward the ground.

    (2) use a metal drip ring of some sort. The Clark hammocks come with drip rings.

    (3) Use a ring buckle system for hanging your hammock and make sure the rings stay under the tarp.

    whatever method you use be sure to test it before heading into the wilderness.

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    cheers

    yeah sorry, I should have mentioned its sort of like a "prototype" i am designing.

    Yeah..."drip rings' certainly seem the way to go and I am toying with how best/what position to put them. Obviously they need to be well within the tarp edge. And also they need to be rustproof.

    The cord running to ground is okay for a DIY job (i did it before and it does work) but I am aiming for something that looks the part so it isnt really an option. Also considered using PU impregnated taffeta for the entire hammock, which in theory should prevent it from absorbing any water, but this idea was scrapped cos I thought it would be too hot.

    Yes, thanks for the ideas guys. ... by the way...totally different subject..anyone here interested in the subject of the New World Order?

    Feel free to ignore that question...as it is in no way related to hammocks.

    all the best

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    two minds

    and then again......if the simple drip-line method works so well, and i know it does, is it really worth the extra expense and weight of cumbersome rings? The ones i am looking at are made of inox (stainless steel) and they are not light. Similar size alluminum ones do not look particularly strong/safe.

    I've been thinking about this rain/rope problem for a few days now.....beginning to give me a headache.

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    I would say no. Why wrap the hammock support lines around the ring when I have been using simple drip lines for a while and they have never failed me. You're out in the woods, camping in a hammock of all things - who cares about little lines dangling down??

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    Quote Originally Posted by exposetheNWO View Post
    hello all...newbie here

    i was led here after finding a link on google, then for some reason couldnt find the thing i was looking for when i got here. So I decided to register and post this thread.

    I am trying to figure out what is the best method to prevent a hammock getting wet in the rain due to water being absorbed into the ropes and thus into the hammock itself. i guess you guys know what i mean. No tarp can completely cover the hammock ropes, and so the part of rope that is exposed gets wet and gradually runs down the rope into the hammock etc etc...resulting in fist shaking at the heavens and various other folly. I am playing around with a few ideas how to prevent this....but info is suprisingly scant on the web.

    Does anyone here have any ideas? :


    welcome to hammock forums.i use the ring buckle set up.neo

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    Quote Originally Posted by exposetheNWO View Post
    Yes, thanks for the ideas guys. ... by the way...totally different subject..anyone here interested in the subject of the New World Order?

    Feel free to ignore that question...as it is in no way related to hammocks.

    all the best
    We try to keep things on topic (hammock related) here. But if you make a donation, there is an off topic forum:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...light=donating

    Welcome to the forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by exposetheNWO View Post
    and then again......if the simple drip-line method works so well, and i know it does, is it really worth the extra expense and weight of cumbersome rings? The ones i am looking at are made of inox (stainless steel) and they are not light. Similar size alluminum ones do not look particularly strong/safe.

    I've been thinking about this rain/rope problem for a few days now.....beginning to give me a headache.
    Neo pointed out the answer about using rings. When you have them on the suspension already , e.g. the ring buckles with webbing or Garda hitch with suspension line, and you have the rings under the tarp, then no drip lines are needed.

    Grizz

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