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    Quote Originally Posted by dixoncreations View Post
    The house we just purchased only has two large pin oaks in the yard, both about 3-4ft diameter and about 25 feet apart (just eyeballing it). I was a little disappointed that they are almost double the optimal distance apart ....
    I use two large maples that are about that distance apart. In fact, I've been surprised by posts saying 15' is optimal. To me, that's much too short. When looking for trees on the trail, I pace off and find that 6 to 7 steps is optimal. That's about 18 to 21 feet. For me, 25 is certainly not double the optimal distance.

    In my case at home, with the two maples in my yard, I have chains with eyebolts in each tree, because my Pawley's Island Hammock stays up all summer. When I want to hang my Hennessey there, I just use a bit of the chains on each end to attach my whoopies to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dixoncreations View Post
    Thanks for all that info.

    How tall are your tripods when set up? Am I correct that they are a bit narrower spread than most? I think that will be good for me because the more vertical they are the more weight they support. Careful not to go too far though, to avoid tipping.

    I like the idea of angling the ends to avoid needing the spread limiter, not to mention it simply looks cleaner.

    Great point about leaving 1/4" ... Wouldn't have thought of that until afterward.
    The tripods are just over 70" tall and the ridge pole hangs right at 60". They are not as splayed as some others that have been shown here.

    I'd suggest making them long and then finding the length you want. Easier to cut more off than to add length back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    I use two large maples that are about that distance apart...
    Out of curiosity, how high up are the eyebolts?

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    but enough about me hppyfngy's Avatar
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    I was going to ask the same thing...

    Rain Man, I hang usually about a 16' span and my straps are about 6-7' high in order to get proper sag and about 20" seat height. And I have a fairly long hammock.

    I don't see how you're doing 25' unless you have a real shallow angle, and that adds a lot of stress on the component parts.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hppyfngy View Post
    ". . . I also added rubber feet. That helps from sliding, spreading and from damaging the floor.
    Where did you find rubber feet to fit the 2x2? The largest I could find are 11/2"

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    Not sure but I believe that is the size I used. The '2x2's are actually 1 5/8" square, just round or shave the corners off for a snug fit. Congrats on your new stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMart View Post
    Where did you find rubber feet to fit the 2x2? The largest I could find are 11/2"
    I thought of a possible option today...tennis balls!

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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    ...The '2x2's are actually 1 5/8" square...
    You might want to to have your tape measure calibrated. Normal 2xanythings are 1 3/8" thick. I can vaguely remember when they were 1 1/2".

    Quote Originally Posted by dixoncreations View Post
    I thought of a possible option today...tennis balls!
    Wouldn't the fuzz on tennis balls tend to slide on a slick interior surface?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post



    Wouldn't the fuzz on tennis balls tend to slide on a slick interior surface?
    That, and my dog would be pulling on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    Wouldn't the fuzz on tennis balls tend to slide on a slick interior surface?
    I guess they probably would. Didn't think about that. I've seen them used on chair legs, but I guess that's the point...so you can slide around!

    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    That, and my dog would be pulling on them?
    Now THAT is definitely a problem.

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