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    The best explanation I've seen of the forces in various parts of a hammock suspension was done by Dave Womble, posted in the Files section of the old Yahoo hammockcamping group. Unfortunately I can't access that now, as my email address has changed since then. I'll bow out of this discussion now, but if anyone can get that article, it might clear up some misconceptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    The best explanation I've seen of the forces in various parts of a hammock suspension was done by Dave Womble, posted in the Files section of the old Yahoo hammockcamping group. Unfortunately I can't access that now, as my email address has changed since then. I'll bow out of this discussion now, but if anyone can get that article, it might clear up some misconceptions.
    Heh, don't bow out on my account, mate. I'm taking notes here.

    That said, I think I'll hang my hammock sometime this week and see if I can adjust the ridgeline to a length that gives it a little more leeway and find out if that doesn't give me 1) a more comfortable hang and 2) less nervousness that it's gonna pop and zing me right in the eye.
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    The ridgeline will bear 100% of the load when the suspension is pulled to horizontal. So there is literally no limit to what you can put on it. BTW, when the suspension is horizontal, the load is infinite.

    Don't play with Mother Nature. Keep those angles some where within several degrees of 30*.

    Many hang without a ridgeline. They can eyeball a 30* angle from 100 paces; they got skills!
    But then again, I need a place to hang my spectacles at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    The ridgeline will bear 100% of the load when the suspension is pulled to horizontal. So there is literally no limit to what you can put on it. BTW, when the suspension is horizontal, the load is infinite.

    Don't play with Mother Nature. Keep those angles some where within several degrees of 30*.

    Many hang without a ridgeline. They can eyeball a 30* angle from 100 paces; they got skills!
    But then again, I need a place to hang my spectacles at night.
    That's right, isn't it!

    Thanks, MAD.

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    Glad to read all this, was a bit worried.

    When the trees were close to 15' apart, my sag was close enough to 30 degrees and the ridgeline had a little flex left in it.

    Then I moved the ridgeline from the ridgeline attachment from the biner at the end of the channel rope attached directly to the hammock and instead placed it over, rather under the knot next to the channeled end. Shortened the length to 90", got my flat lay, but that ridgeline was seriously tight. And yeah, I figure it was right around a G.

    Thing is, with all that load on the ridgeline, I'd rather have it attached to the carabiner at the end of the channel rope rather than running under the knot right next to the fabric. So I'm moving it again.

    And though I'm still using 550 during my "test phase", my order from Redden Marine should be here soon.

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    Tried to explain it better with a pic.
    Of course the ridgeline is currently 550 in camouflage, so it is tough to see.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    If it tightens up when you lay in it, you could perhaps try a slightly longer ridgeline. I know mine tends to slacken when I lay in the hammock if I've got the proper hang angles. Of course YMMV.
    I think this says it very well. At the proper angle there is little on no tension on the srl, but if the trees are far apart you need either a ladder or a Srl to get the hammock angle to be different than the suspension line angle. The greater the angle the greater the tension on the Srl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gresh View Post
    So here's what I'm taking away from this thread thus far:

    1) Everybody has an opinion, and there are two major trains of thought - tight doesn't matter vs. should be able to turn it with a thumb and forefinger.
    2) In my case, if it's guitar string tight, I should replace my Lash-It with Amsteel.
    You indicated that the ridgeline was adjustable. If it is too tight and you like the lay of the hammock when it is tight, couldn't you just loosen it some instead of replacing it?
    Last edited by grannypat; 10-09-2012 at 16:34. Reason: took out extra word
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    I'm thinking so. This weekend will be experiment time.
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