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    OK, so went out this morning and strung up the hammock. Everything worked just fine. I did lose about 6" in length of the hammock bed, but once I was in there I found that the length is pretty good for me. The sides of the hammock aren't tight at all and I can actually see out both sides!

    I don't think I would trust the sheet bend with this type of cord without a stopper knot though. Using the fishermans knot as a stopper gives me a secure feeling though. I examined all the knots after swinging awhile and did not notice any movement whatsoever. Naturally, whenever you tie up your hammock a quick inspection of all knots and cords should be done prior to getting in! I've been on the ground enough times already...

    I am quite happy with the results, thanks for all the input.

    John

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    MrPrez... as to the sheetbend... I would agree with you after hearing from Youngblood and others about the quirks of amsteel blue. I wouldn't trust it by itself either now. That is because of the rope quirks tho... not the knot itself. Ain't technology a grand thing. And no... the tinkering never stops. Mostly cause when it does.... we find something else to tinker with.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    What a bunch of knotheads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    I have to get a book on knots
    Learn them like I did. Holding your breath underwater in the dark doing them. Thank the Marines for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Learn them like I did. Holding your breath underwater in the dark doing them. Thank the Marines for that.

    Well, that certainly explains why we were so busy in the Coast Guard.
    Trust nobody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Learn them like I did. Holding your breath underwater in the dark doing them. Thank the Marines for that.
    Jarhead knotheads!

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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    i've used the stuff a good bit. you can use a larks head on the end of the hammock.
    while a double sheetbend slips when tied to raw hammock fabric, tying the single braid dyneema to your tree straps with a slipped double sheetbend works great, and i've been tying directly to a single steel ring on the end of a tree strap with a slipped buntline hitch with great success.
    So WBG, I had my hammock out this evening to try the buntline hitch. I was careful to tie it exactly as shown on several sites, with the exception of slipping it in the usual way by putting a bight through on the last step rather than the working end.

    I did this both on some pretty worn Vectran 12, and some brand new 1/8" Amsteel Blue. In both cases it took quite a bit of tugging to pull the slipped bight through. Really rather more than I'd want to have to deal with every time I adjusted the length. Is there a trick I should know that loosens up the loop around the bight a little before pulling it out?

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