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    I wonder if there's a pipe diameter that is a tight fit inside the fence rail... a section bolted in on each side should be as strong as the swaged ends...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gee something View Post
    Hey everyone. Another top rail question.

    I've spent quite a bit of time going over the the thread, however with it being so long it gets a little overwhelming and difficult to find something I *think* I may have read. That's my long way of saying if this has been covered already, I apologize. :-)

    I have built the stand, though I haven't tried to hang in it yet. I am a big guy (300#) so I am concerned with having a sufficient top rail. (I built the tripods with 2x4s.) Instead of using a fence rail or EMT, I opted for galvanized pipe. So I purchased two 5-foot sections of 1" galvanized pipe and a coupler. However, when I tightened them up, they don't look very well connected. It looks like it only tightened maybe half-way down the threaded section on each pipe.

    So a few questions:
    1) Do you think the 5' sections should work, or do you think I should really try to get 6' pieces (like bundy71 did)?
    2) Do you need to use a wrench to tighten the pipe/coupler/pipe? I hand-tightened it as much as I could and it does not look very tight.
    3) Am I off-base with the galvanized pipe? It looks like EMT is less expensive, so should I maybe try to get two 6' pieces of 1" or 1-1/2" EMT (with a 3/4" or 1", respectively, reinforcement in the middle)? The galvanized pipe is pretty beefy and looks like it could do some damage if it came down on me. On the other hand, EMT looks like it wouldn't hold as well (though I know it has worked for a lot of you).

    Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Okay, I had to try the 2x2 stand, and it just keeps falling over on me. Well I tried at least.
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    It held my daughter, and then me! I am checking in at 319#. But it just wasn't stable enough.
    So I managed to acquire some 1x1 16 gauge aluminum tubes. And I made another one. Man is it light, and strong.
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    Yep, it even held my big but, and it feels pretty sturdy. I think some camping is in order for this setup!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bundy71 View Post
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    Yep, it even held my big but, and it feels pretty sturdy. I think some camping is in order for this setup!
    That's pretty wicked. Nice work.
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    Thought I'd show my XL ridge pole.

    I took two 10'ers and cut them 6' and 4' and 7' and 3', with the short pieces having the swaged ends. So I can do a variety of lengths. This setup is the 6' in between the 3' and the 4', making 13'. With my XL gathered end, it's a perfect fit and I have room for my biggest tarp.



    Correction. 13' is not quite long enough for my longest tarp! I can switch the 6' for the 7' and make it work though! I forgot how long that sucker is... At 13', the MacCat works great with a standard hammock.
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    Hey hppyfngy, your yard is starting to look like a variation of Stonehenge!
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    Bundy71 is that your second? Or maybe third? I believe this is the first metal tripod TurtleDog!

    Hpyfngy is the TurtleDog Master!
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    but enough about me hppyfngy's Avatar
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    I'll tell you what, that last stand is 80" tall (leg length.) With the 13' pole and the 11' hammock it's the most comfortable thing I've been in.

    Gotta stop giving these things away though. It's getting expensive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hppyfngy View Post


    I'll tell you what, that last stand is 80" tall (leg length.) With the 13' pole and the 11' hammock it's the most comfortable thing I've been in.

    Gotta stop giving these things away though. It's getting expensive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    Bundy71 is that your second? Or maybe third? I believe this is the first metal tripod TurtleDog!

    Hpyfngy is the TurtleDog Master!
    Yes, they are my 2nd, and 3rd. The aluminum turtledog is the bomb! I'll have to weigh it, it is very light.
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