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    Right now I am doing the same thing for my scout troop, in fact we are working on our hammocks tonight. I got the total cost to about $28/hammock.

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    Webbing (Mule Tape - John Sawyer)
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    Rope Amsteel
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    Tarps (6x8) (On Sale Locally)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ag1024 View Post
    This is a good idea. If I had the boys order 2 of the tablecloths, could they use one as a low cost tarp? That would help with the cost.
    These are not waterproof. You would have to seal them with DIY sil. This, I think, would add alot of weight. For a cheap tarp, an 8X10 from WM would work. Not the lightest or most packable, but will work for starters......RR
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenate1 View Post
    Right now I am doing the same thing for my scout troop, in fact we are working on our hammocks tonight. I got the total cost to about $28/hammock.

    Here are my parts list:


    Sources:

    Hammock Bodies
    Webbing (Mule Tape - John Sawyer)
    Rings
    Rope Amsteel
    Ridgeline (Amsteel) (Same As Above)
    Tarps (6x8) (On Sale Locally)
    Stakes
    What are the rings for? I don't have them on mine, is it something I need? If its to control water coming down the lines that could be eliminated and save a few dollars. Just my .02
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    Quote Originally Posted by ag1024 View Post
    This is a good idea. If I had the boys order 2 of the tablecloths, could they use one as a low cost tarp? That would help with the cost.
    If you want cheap Camo Tarps Harbor Freight sells an 8 x 10 (9.6 x 7.4) for under $10.00. Like RR stated the table cloths aren't water proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenate1 View Post
    Right now I am doing the same thing for my scout troop, in fact we are working on our hammocks tonight. I got the total cost to about $28/hammock.

    Here are my parts list:


    Sources:

    Hammock Bodies
    Webbing (Mule Tape - John Sawyer)
    Rings
    Rope Amsteel
    Ridgeline (Amsteel) (Same As Above)
    Tarps (6x8) (On Sale Locally)
    Stakes
    If I could make a recommendation. Amsteel is over kill for the ridge line

    Tarp Ridge Line - Attwood Utility Line comes in various colors - Walmart

    Mason line for Tarp Tie Outs. I picked up 500' at the Home Depot. I also used it to create prusik knots for my tarp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hototo View Post
    What are the rings for? I don't have them on mine, is it something I need? If its to control water coming down the lines that could be eliminated and save a few dollars. Just my .02
    He may be setting up a double ring to slide the tree strap through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hototo View Post
    What are the rings for? I don't have them on mine, is it something I need? If its to control water coming down the lines that could be eliminated and save a few dollars. Just my .02
    You are right, it is not strictly necessary, I like them because of this:

    I like them for 4 reasons:
    1- Rain protection -Water from your whoopie slings drips down off the ring and not into your hammock.

    2 - Closer attachment points - sometimes you have suspend your hammock between two points that are just barely longer the length of your hammock. Having the rings lets me clip in 3 or 4 inches away from my hammock end, with whoopie slings you have a 8 inch bury or so plus a buffer of 2 inches most likely. So you end up with about 10 inches (per each side) before you can clip in = Total of 20 inches wider than your hammock vs 6-8 inches with the rings.

    3- Modularity of suspension - If I damage my whoopie slings, want to change the color, change borrow them for a different hammock, or whatever - i can just take them off (I attach them with a simple larks head, so it is a piece of cake to take them off). If I did not have the ring, I would have to back them out of the suspension entirely, and that is just a pain.

    4 - Handy Carabiner attachment point - I can clip on stuff sacks, gloves, a ridge line, Tarp line...ect. it is just super nice to have one more point of quick access for a biner. (Yes I could do a quick prussik with a loop too)
    With scouts, I figure there is a good chance the whoopie slings will get messed up at some point, so having the rings makes it easy to just throw on an spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishbait View Post
    If I could make a recommendation. Amsteel is over kill for the ridge line

    Tarp Ridge Line - Attwood Utility Line comes in various colors - Walmart

    Mason line for Tarp Tie Outs. I picked up 500' at the Home Depot. I also used it to create prusik knots for my tarp.
    I totally agree, but again with scouts, I figure that they will be abused and stretched too tight and who knows what, so to make them more abuse-proof, I decided to go with Amsteel. For the tarp pull outs I bought some cheep utility string too, it was so nominal a cost that I did not bother putting it in the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenate1 View Post
    I totally agree, but again with scouts, I figure that they will be abused and stretched too tight and who knows what, so to make them more abuse-proof, I decided to go with Amsteel. For the tarp pull outs I bought some cheep utility string too, it was so nominal a cost that I did not bother putting it in the list.
    Good point

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