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    Mullach' Abu XTrekker's Avatar
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    Smile How I did my Suspension

    Awhile back I said in a thread, that I can't seem to find anymore, that I would upload some pics of how I rigged up the suspension on my last DIY hammock.

    Ok ill try to describe this the best I can. If I incorrectly use any terms on some of these splices and stuff, feel free to correct me.

    I went with 1/8" Amsteel for this ridgeline and suspension which some would say is overkill and I agree. But the weight difference is so minimal compared to something weaker so for this hammock the 1/8" Amsteel is fine.

    For the ends I stitched a channel on both sides and fed a Zip-Tie through the channel and cranked it most of the way. Then I larks-headed a small piece of Amsteel to the inside of where the whipping will go and fed it through the inside of where the whipping will go and the channel. I made a separate ridge line out of Amsteel and fed it the same way. Both ridgeline and hammock suspension have a buried bite at each end. Once I had everything in place, I cranked down the Zip-Ties at each end and then began whipping with paracord. Dressed all the whipping and then hung and tested it. Worked out great. The only mistake was when I was cutting my Amsteel for the ridge line I ended making it 80% of hammock length instead of 82%. This is Destikahr's hammock now and he loves it. Says he doesn't have any problems with the lay or calf ridge. Think I will do it this way on my next hammock.

    I hope the photos are ok and that this all makes sense. I probably should have shot a video for this instead.
    Anyways, thoughts?

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    I can't quite tell what kind of configuration of amsteel you have going out to your webbing. I think I see two loops and a random tail.

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    Are you using the marlin to adjust the hammock or does the amsteel adjustment? That is some beefy whipping!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouseskowitz View Post
    I can't quite tell what kind of configuration of amsteel you have going out to your webbing. I think I see two loops and a random tail.
    The ridge line is separate from the hammock suspension. there are 2 loops at each end connected to a marlin spike hitch. Destikahr hasnt decided on whether to use ring buckles or whoopies yet so he is just using the MSH and webbing until then. That tail, im guessing is the lack of properly burying one of those bites. Its been awhile since I had a close look at it. Ill check it next time I see him.

    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    Are you using the marlin to adjust the hammock or does the amsteel adjustment? That is some beefy whipping!
    Yeah the whipping is pretty strong. The channel with the Zip-Tie inside prohibits the larks-head from ever sliding the whipping off the end of the hammock. Yeah MSH is the part that adjusts. The bites are buried and not adjustable.

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