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    DIY, ummmmmm, almost everything

    So as I stated in my introductory thread earlier today, I'm looking to get into hanging. I looked at a whole ENO setup at REI, but after some research have decided to go the DIY route. I've ordered 2 tablecloths to make the hammock, but have a few questions from here. First of all, is it OK to run the static end of whoopie slings through a channel I sew into the ends, or would I be better off from a weight bearing/durability standpoint to just use a smaller cord and larkshead them on? Also, I am going to make a "fronkey" bugnet, and am considering the same style sock as well. What is a good material to use for the sock? I read that canvas is good, but I'm going to be placing an order with DIY gear supply anyway, so would like to get something from there. Would 70d be appropriate? I am not concerned about weight, this is going to be used as a motorcycle camping kit. Anyway, before being a gram weenie would make any sense for me, I would need to lose a few pounds off MY frame. Thanks!

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    Hi gothmog, you can attach the whoopies either way. The advantage of having a separate line through the channel is that you can remove the whoopies easily should they get wet, or you just want to transfer them to another hammock.

    Be sure to use climbing rated line for all parts of the suspension!
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    Thanks. I'm ordering 1/8" Amsteel blue for the whoopies. Techline dyneema good for an adjustable ridgeline, Or should I just get extra amsteel?

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    Get yourself 40' of Amsteel and you should have enough for a pair of 6' whoopies and an adjustable ridgeline (7/64" is plenty strong)

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    Is amsteel good for tree straps as well, if using toggles to connect woopies?

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    No, you want to use tree straps made from 1" wide polyester webbing or similar material to avoid damage to the tree.

    See the DIY guide at DIY Gear Supply. You can also order the material from Scott's site.

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    Hey gothmog. Welcome from Cleveland. The only reason you may NOT want to run the whoopie sling right through the channel is water dripping down the line. I larks head an Amsteel continuous loop through the channel then larks head the whoopie to the loop. This gives it a small drip point so water doesn't make it to the hammock. I made a DIY winter hammock with attached sock/top cover and I used the woodland camo 1.1 30d ripstop 1sts. It is breathable but traps some decent heat. Good luck with your project!

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    i would use a plastic kids sewing needle for making the whoopies. it makes threading so much easier .i just made a set of 10' whoopies and tree straps.

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    I've heard that a #5 knitting needle works perfect for making buries in 7/64 Amsteel

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    I use .035" (#15) Malin Hard-Wire Stainless Steel Leader from Bass Pro Shops as a splicing tool for 7/64" Amsteel.

    If you're going to use continuous loops through your hammock's channels as MAD777 and TheBrewGuy suggest then you might want to look at getting a pair of Dutch's whoopie hooks. I just got a set and am going to install them on my hammock this weekend.

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