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  1. #881
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    Has anyone ever used EMT(electrical metallic tubing) for a top rail? Both 3/4 and 1" EMT has about the same wall thickness as 1 3/8" chainlink top rail. EMT is less expensive, but doesn't have a swaged end.

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    Would be a cheap thing to try out... Go ahead and let us know... The connection you use would be the critical thing...
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    Seem to recall someone trying it on a Turtlelady Stand. They may have used the standard coupling. Not sure of the outcome.
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    I use 1" emt pics in post #521.

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    here you go D-man

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatline View Post
    Yeah, that's 1" iirc. But it's a solid 10' length. The connectors can be iffy and some have failed for others.

    If you hang directly from the attachment points like in that picture there is very little flex on the ridge pole, which is what causes the failures I've heard about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute1100 View Post
    Length of hammock is just limited by length of ridge pole and height of legs... I am running a 14' ridge pole and 7' legs and I am running a 10'6" hammock with about 3' of whoopies on either end... For heavier person run 2x4s... And start long and you can always cut the pole and the 2x4s later to a shorter length... I started at 7' because every piece of 2x2 I found had 8-10 inches of knot or crack at one end...
    yeah, I went with 2x3 simply because the 2x2's "furring strips" at HD were in really bad shape! Decent, clear and sanded 8x2x2's in pine or redwood are $8 or $9 each. OUCH!
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    but enough about me hppyfngy's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptsal View Post
    yeah, I went with 2x3 simply because the 2x2's "furring strips" at HD were in really bad shape! Decent, clear and sanded 8x2x2's in pine or redwood are $8 or $9 each. OUCH!
    I get mine from a real lumberyard. "Clear or better" pt 2"x2"x8' are $3 each and are virtually knot free and pretty straight grained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hppyfngy View Post
    I get mine from a real lumberyard. "Clear or better" pt 2"x2"x8' are $3 each and are virtually knot free and pretty straight grained.
    Good thought, I'll have to check out our local lumberyard. Thanks!
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    If you have access to a table saw just rip them down from a larger piece, that's what I did.

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