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    This is a great mod! It got rid of the ridge that caused me lots of grief. I used an old fiberglass tent pole and instead of the rings, used some poly tubing I had laying around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chammocks View Post
    This is a great mod!...
    Nice job.

    On a side note...I hope everyone is champfering the holes in the spreader. A sharp edge there will tend to cut the amsteel over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chammocks View Post
    This is a great mod! It got rid of the ridge that caused me lots of grief. I used an old fiberglass tent pole and instead of the rings, used some poly tubing I had laying around.
    Nice work!! Look'n good.
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    Am I correct to assume that the only thing the length of the amsteel between the spreader and the rings will affect is the compression force on the spreader?

    Someone above mentioned the need to stitch the bury that results when you make the loop around the spreader.. Would another option be to bury the ends for a few inches then exit the amsteel for a 1/2" and then bury the remainder?

    -- Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomS View Post
    Am I correct to assume that the only thing the length of the amsteel between the spreader and the rings will affect is the compression force on the spreader?

    Someone above mentioned the need to stitch the bury that results when you make the loop around the spreader.. Would another option be to bury the ends for a few inches then exit the amsteel for a 1/2" and then bury the remainder?

    -- Tom
    In the first post Red's amsteel was much shorter then mine. You're correct that the longer length does nothing but vary the compression on the spreader.

    I suggested the stitching would guarantee the short buries would stay put during no load conditions. A bury/exit/bury does not "lock " the bury. Here's a link to "stitching" the bury. It's very simple to do.

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    I need to get back after this and get it trail ready. The last thing I did was make the bar removable by having a notch cut in the bar.... seemed to stay ok. I tried a few different things to keep the bar from sliding up or askew, but what I liked the best was the zing-it crown sennit used as a stopper knot. Looked the best and worked too, also kept my overall length down, which for me is important.
    This is a representation of the crown sennit, just imagine the spreader bar butted up against it.

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    Hey, Red!

    My sister-in-law snapped a picture of me in my living room hammock on its TL stand:



    You can see one of the Redoleary mini-spreader bars and what an elegant gather they create. I love it! Thanks again.

    P.S. Still shopping for a "rugged" digital camera!
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    Thanks for posting, Pips. The difference is noticeable in the photo!
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    Nice job Red. Think I might try this on my Switchback. Question: Did you chamfer the holes in the PVC? I'm wondering if the hard edges of the PVC will wear/cut the line as it moves under load.
    Edit: Okay, so now that I've read the whole thread, I'm caught up from being way behind on the thought processes here. Per a previous comment, is chamfering of holes in any material necessary? Has anyone experienced wear, either fraying or cutting from the lines being loaded?
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    I avoided running the amsteel through the holes altogether. I clove hitched the amsteel on the ends of 6" wooden dowels. I ran some copper wire through the holes and bent loops on each of end of the wire to make a kind of cotter pin. This keeps the amsteel clove hitches from slipping down to the middle of the dowels. I haven't seen and don't expect any wear on the amsteel with this set up.

    I really like the effect of Red's mini-spreader bars on the hammock!
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