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  1. #1
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    My DIY...Nothing special

    I have been busy with that "work" thing so not much time to spend in the forum but I really want to say thank you to everyone who shares their DIY ideas so I could cheat on my test! I have to admit is was great fun designing and yes even using the thread injector to make a hammock, rain fly, stuff sacks, etc,. And of course the self gratification of knowing I actually created something like this is a great feeling. I know a lot of people say this, but if can do it, I am CERTAIN anyone can. I think the hardest things were making Whoopies (it got easier after making several) and finding a big enough space to measure and cut the fly.

    Next it's onto a "doors for the fly, a bug net and an under quilt. But before that it seems "she" liked my setup so much that now I get to make her one! What have I done!

    Here are a couple of rather crappy cell phone photos as I was packing up from a recent excursion. I know it's not the prettiest and I definitely still need to tweak a bit here and there, but believe me when I say, I had the most wonderful time hanging in the woods with my very own DIY gear. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this possible.
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    Nicely done and you get the benefit of hanging with gear that has a story specific to you!
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

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    What do you mean...nothing special? That's fantastic! Being an old fixed income retiree, DIY is the only way that I can have what I do now. That and the fact that I like making things
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Bingo! I second the fact that we can DIY our own gear is a very special thing indeed...

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    You made it. That in itself is special.
    Knotty
    "Don't speak unless it improves the silence." -proverb
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    Senior Member JohnSawyer's Avatar
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    I'd be proud to call that rig my own... Nothing special? Hooey! I say!

    Yes, you may have had some fits, restarts, rip out a seam and re-sew, but that's perfectly normal for me, and I've been DIY'ing for 2+ years...

    Someday I'll be good at this... then I'll have to find a new hobby...

    John
    "Do or do not, there is no try." -- Yoda


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    Senior Member webhanger's Avatar
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    Looks great to me.

  8. #8
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    Looks pretty darn nice to me! I would be proud to have such good looking gear.

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    Great job! That looks awesome!

    -Klauss
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    "Forced ingenuity is the drive of a life well lived."

    "But hey, 2 trees anywhere is a bedroom waiting to happen, right?" ~Wolf

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    Looks great! Be proud!

    Fronkey

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