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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Could you rip it to 1.5" with a hot knife?
    Not a tactic I would recommend. That would slice off one of the woven selvage edges and replace it with cut, albeit sealed edges. But the strength of the selvage lies in the woven edge. It's just not the same thing to heat seal a cut edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Could you rip it to 1.5" with a hot knife?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Not a tactic I would recommend. That would slice off one of the woven selvage edges and replace it with cut, albeit sealed edges. But the strength of the selvage lies in the woven edge. It's just not the same thing to heat seal a cut edge.
    I wondered about this but it didnt seem like a good idea. Thanks rev for the explanation.

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    How long do you guys make your straps? I put a string around one of the pine trees in my backyard and it came to 6'. I'm thinking I'd need at least 12' per strap to give me max flexibility for various tree sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxHiker View Post
    How long do you guys make your straps? I put a string around one of the pine trees in my backyard and it came to 6'. I'm thinking I'd need at least 12' per strap to give me max flexibility for various tree sizes.
    Thats what I did. 12' with 4" loops sewn into 1" poly webbing. I ordered 2 that were 24' each and cut them in half for 4 straps.

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    Cool. Pretty much what I did. I tested them out and after popping one of the lines on the buckle and replacing it they held up well. I guess the tensile strength of the first line I used wasn't so hot. At least I hadn't put all my weight in and didn't fall on my butt. The other stuff I had is much stiffer but is rated to 1K pounds I think. I played around adjusting everything and it is sooooo much faster. I didn't have any fear of falling while I was in the hammock.

    I just have to figure out how to rig the snakeskins and I'll be set. I think I know what I need to do but it was already getting late.

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    I have noticed the orientation of the knot on the rings does matter as far as slippage.

    If I set up with my rings like this..they are rock solid...



    Like this, and Ill get just a little slippage...

    Last edited by opie; 04-07-2009 at 19:34.

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    In playing with 1" tube webbing suspension, I made 3 slings -- 6 ft, 9 ft and 12 ft long. I can join any two as needed. Lots of flexibility there but, at about .5 oz per foot, it's rather heavy.

    Chuck

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    Here's what I put together tonight. Figured I'd sleep out and enjoy probably our last freeze of the spring.



    The thin white line is what goes to the hammock. The bottom line on the Figure 9 biner is my Supershelter. The top line is the underpad. I still need to weigh the straps. I know the weight of the rings but not the 12' lengths of webbing.

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    Looks good. You may want to try to get the rings "stacked" on top of one another. They will lock the the webbing better.

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    I'll give it a whirl. Just a quick setup last night before heading out the door. I didn't end up falling last night so they held up well. No slippage that I could tell either.

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