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    Tiny Holes Concerning me...

    so I pick up my MYOG hammock today and I look at the gathered end and I see this



    I pull it out of my bishop bag and saw them at the other end near the gathered end as well. It looks like the fabric is failing and I don't know why. This is 1.9 nylon from DIYGearSupply and the hammock is 8ft long 5 ft wide. It's the second hammock to show this kind of wear. My first one was 1.1 and I just assumed I was too close to the weight limit to make that fabric work when it ripped straight across from side to side just past my feet. Now I know I'm a bit overweight but I'm nowhere near the weight limit for 1.9.

    I'm gearing up for a 3 day hike in July and I have to have my hammock and where I'm going, I can't have it fail on me. I made both hammock exactly like Kontty's gathered end sticky post says to and I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.

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    Any chance it got put away wet or at least damp? I ended up with a few tiny holes in one of the pole sleeves of my big family tent. Looks like some pretty nasty mildew munched a hole in the fabric. I've seen something similar on a poncho that was tossed in the bottom of a storage bin damp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zukiguy View Post
    Any chance it got put away wet or at least damp? I ended up with a few tiny holes in one of the pole sleeves of my big family tent. Looks like some pretty nasty mildew munched a hole in the fabric. I've seen something similar on a poncho that was tossed in the bottom of a storage bin damp.
    I've never set it up before in wet weather without a tarp but I've been a little damp once or twice. I guess it's possible but it doesn't make a lot sense since the holes are right next to the gathered ends and no where near where I lay.

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    Can you use some seal sealer on the holes maybe to strengthen the material alittle and seal it up? Use it with some weight in the hammock to stretch the material till it drys,,some containers of water??? to weight 100lbs or so. Just a thought.

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    Are you using carabiner's and stuffing them with your hammock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.D. Cakes View Post
    Are you using carabiner's and stuffing them with your hammock?
    I am not, In fact I have a 100% hardware free setup altogether.

    As for using seam sealer, I'm not sure I understand how seam sealing would keep them from tearing it even more.

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    How tight are you handing the hammock? 8' is kind of short to my mind. If you are hanging it tightly you are adding additional stress to the rig. Hang it so the suspension is roughly 30* below horizontal when unloaded and you will reduce the stress by a huge margin. If the lay is too short to be comfortable you may need to go to a longer hammock.
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    I had similar stress marks when I tied my first hammock. It turns out it was from a knot. have someone lay in the hammock, and feel around the area for anything pushing on the fabric.
    If you can't find anything, one other way to possibly alleviate the stress is to (depending on your gather type: warbonnet, sheet bend, overhand, channel gather, etc.) loosen the components just a bit, and then weight the hammock VERY slowly to tighten everything up and give it a chance to equalize the tensions.
    Also, an 8' hammock is pretty short, and if you're stringing it pretty tight, it would amplify the stresses the fabric sees, lowering the effective weight limit.
    Do you wear your shoes in the hammock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    How tight are you handing the hammock? 8' is kind of short to my mind. If you are hanging it tightly you are adding additional stress to the rig. Hang it so the suspension is roughly 30* below horizontal when unloaded and you will reduce the stress by a huge margin. If the lay is too short to be comfortable you may need to go to a longer hammock.
    It is a short hammock, but that's because I'm short. It's 3 feet longer than I am.

    So, there is a good chance that I've been hanging it a bit wrong causing more stress than supposed to. I've been on my own trying to figure hanging out, so I wouldn't be surprised...

    If that is the case, my next question is, these holes are strewn from side to side at both ends and I've got a trip coming up in July and I need to know do I need to replace this before if fails on me or will I be fine? Because we will be on the AT in the Smoky's and I really can't afford for it to fail there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunshineHiker View Post
    As for using seam sealer, I'm not sure I understand how seam sealing would keep them from tearing it even more.
    As odd as it may sound the silicone adds tensile strength to the fabric. Silny is stronger than pure finish nylon; if only by a small percentage. You may use a product known as "Shoe Goo" it's a silicone base adhesive for shoe repairs. (love that stuff) un whip the hammock and goo on patched of scrap material that should prevent a run from forming.

    I agree that 8' seems really short. Unless you are only 4.5-5' tall. Also as the tension on the hammock increases so to does the force require to support weight.
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