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    Jungle Hammock Amsteel Conversion with PICS!

    After making a bunch of hammocks and suspensions I decided to try something new (for me). I took my old jungle hammock and replaced the thick ropes and metal rings with 7/64 Amsteel and Whoopie slings (I made those out of 7/64 Amsteel as well).

    Here is a picture of what I was working with:


    Thank you Amazon for the picture!

    This is the old thick rope it comes with.
    They use a welded metal ring to bring everything together at the end.



    You can see the two side by side.
    The 7/64 Amsteel and the original rope that came with the hammock.



    I used the original rope to measure out the amount of Amsteel I needed.
    Then used an anchor hitch to secure the Amsteel to the first tie out and a carabiner to help me loop the Amsteel through the other tie outs.
    It kept everything neat.

    I hung the carabiner from the ceiling and evened out all the loops.



    I used a double prusik knots from the fixed eye of my whoopie sling to secure the loops in a nice neat pattern and removed the carabiner.



    Here are some pics of it suspended.





    Weight before: 3.49 pounds or 1.58 kilograms. One of the welded metal rings broke on me and I've had to use a carabiner since then.




    and after: 2.83 pounds or 1.28 kilograms




    It was a quick little fun project and considering its a bugnet, tarp and hammock system; I don't think the weight is that bad.

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    Not to shabby from just switching out to amsteel. Nice little project!
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    I have seen these hammocks before, and could not figure out how to tie up the roof unless you have six trees all in a perfect formation. You seem to need four trees to tie the four corners of the roof to so that the roof will be taught and drain off the water in the rain. You need the last two trees to tie the hammock suspension to. You seem to need the roof tie outs to be made of shock cord, since the sag created when you get in the hammock pulls the roof down as well.

    How does that work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ag1024 View Post
    I have seen these hammocks before, and could not figure out how to tie up the roof unless you have six trees all in a perfect formation. You seem to need four trees to tie the four corners of the roof to so that the roof will be taught and drain off the water in the rain. You need the last two trees to tie the hammock suspension to. You seem to need the roof tie outs to be made of shock cord, since the sag created when you get in the hammock pulls the roof down as well.

    How does that work?
    It's actually very easy. Tie up the ends like a normal tarp to the same tree as your suspension and then string the four corners to the ground with guy wire. I'll stick my hiking poles, end up, in the side tie outs to create a little "porch" of sorts on one side.

    Also the tie outs on the tarp part have shockcord loops tied into them. It looks like 1/8th size.

    This pic may help you understand:

    Last edited by the Fudd; 10-25-2012 at 09:09.

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    That sure is a cool idea for a hammock suspension, good job on lightening it up.

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    Nice job!!!
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    If I ever score one of these hammocks, I might have to hit you up to help me do this rigging! Cool job!

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    This is the hammock that I'm hanging in. It was inexpensive compared to my buddies Clark (a tenth of the price) and has worked well over the past few years of hanging. Granted it's base isn't very wide so i personally feel it lacks a little stability (although a good pad inside does seem to help that). However, I too have always seemed to find it difficult to set up properly according to appearances. It is very SQUAREly built; therefore getting a proper sag typically seems to make it look and function oddly. I *DO* like your rework of the ends...I have thought about replacing with 550 before (new to the Amsteel idea); and have even considered taking it from a 5 line down to a 3 line (thinking this might give me better support). Great improvement on your part and good pictures, thank you for sharing!

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