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    Video: How to make Whoopie Slings

    Hey guys,
    I've been slowly tinkering as I make my first DIY bridge hammock, and to complete the suspension I needed to make a pair of whoopie slings. So, since I got so much positive feedback on my previous videos, I figured I'd make a video and show you my process.
    In the video I make them out of some bright green Dynaglide, but you can follow the instructions the same if you are making them out of Amsteel. My method makes buying and measuring easy:
    Since these ropes are usually sold in 25ft. increments, I start with 25ft. and cut it in half. This gives you two 12.5ft. lengths for each whoopie, or sling, or whoopie sling. When all is said and done, you end up with rope that can be as short as 2ft. and as long as 6ft.
    I use 4+" buries on the fixed loop, and 10" for the main bury. I don't know the recommended specs from Samson rope, but in my experience this has been sufficiently strong for both Dynaglide, and Amsteel.
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    I'll just say that I struggled for quite a while trying to do these splicing projects. I tried all sorts of tools and techniques. It all comes down to having the right tool, and the wire I use was it. In the video I call it the "fish tool" because I install home theaters for a living, and it reminds me of the way I fish wires through walls. It's the wire that's used to suspend the framework for a drop ceiling. Its about 18 gauge if I had to guess, but it's fairly stiff and bends and re-bends easily without stressing. Tapering the ends also plays a big role in getting the bury started.
    I hope this helps anyone else that is struggling to make some DIY suspension. Thanks for watching!

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    Re: Video: How to make Whoopie Slings

    Thank you:-) I've been looking at making some whoopie slings myself instead if buying, seems too expensive to buy the finished ones. A very good guide you've put together, I'm stoked to get hold of some cord and try this out myself :-)

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    Video: How to make Whoopie Slings

    Thanks! Glad it helps

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    After trying several different methods including knitting needles I found your usage of folded wire the easiest to use. Finished my whoopies today using your video/methods as a template. Thanks for sharing.

    Are you using a gathered end or sewn hammock?

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    Next time a new splicer posts about rubbing his fingers raw trying to make a bury, we can refer him to your vid. A little technique goes a long way. Thanks

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    Video: How to make Whoopie Slings

    Quote Originally Posted by octothorpesarus View Post
    After trying several different methods including knitting needles I found your usage of folded wire the easiest to use. Finished my whoopies today using your video/methods as a template. Thanks for sharing.

    Are you using a gathered end or sewn hammock?
    Awesome! Glad it helped. I tried quite a few knitting needle type tools, but the wire does it. I've got a couple hammocks now, but they are all sewn channel.

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    Video: How to make Whoopie Slings

    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    Next time a new splicer posts about rubbing his fingers raw trying to make a bury, we can refer him to your vid. A little technique goes a long way. Thanks
    Thanks! Yep I definitely did that a few times

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    Wow those videos were great. I just got done making 4 continuous loops and 2 pair of whoopie slings. So both me and the DW are set up with suspensions,
    and I did not even cuss at all during the entire process.

    Thanks

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    Video: How to make Whoopie Slings

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaycee View Post
    Wow those videos were great. I just got done making 4 continuous loops and 2 pair of whoopie slings. So both me and the DW are set up with suspensions,
    and I did not even cuss at all during the entire process.

    Thanks
    Awesome! If your like me that's an accomplishment. Glad I could help

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    This is great.

    I am busy following along with this right now. I wish you had shown how you tapered the ends (or left a link to your prior video). I looked hard but not sure I ever found it -- I just pulled out 3 of the 8 strands in my 7/64 amsteel and cut all three off right at the 1 inch mark. It all worked out great, see the next post ...

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together.
    Last edited by Tucson Tom; 03-29-2013 at 20:46. Reason: be more grateful

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