View Poll Results: Should Yak-it-iy-yak DIY, or return to pasture?

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  • OH YEAH BABY! Make them hammocks!

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  • PSH, OH LAWD! A hammock without a tarp in Oregon is C-R-A-Z-Y!

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    Arrow About to make the plunge - need a wise eye

    Howdy from the PNW! I recently got into hangin' and I want to give my friends the opportunity to join me using some "loaner" gear that they might end up buying. The problem is I want to make everything as lightweight as is logical and I have 0 sewing experience, though I do have a helpful mother available . I plan on making 4 separate setups the first time around and have a few questions I need answered along the way that I haven't been able to find yet.

    First, the plan:
    (4x of each, assume materials purchased from QO)
    - gathered end hammock out of 3.75 yards brown 1.9 ripstop
    - 2x 10' 1" polypro med weight straps
    - 2x whoopies and 1x "whoopied" ridge line from 40' am steel 7/64"

    I plan to make that stuff pretty basic and as such it should be self explanatory (please waive red flag now if this is not advised for some reason). I *think* the only real questions I have about this part is whether to get Guntermann standard weight or heavy weight thread, and how much do you think I will go through?

    Next, if this doesn't seem aggressive enough, I would love to make one or a few of those nifty cat cut hex tarps out of 1.1 silnylon that allows the ends to be folded into doors. I have a blueprint of the design already that I found, and I also understand what needs to be done... but is this thinking ahead to much? will I regret dropping the $(advise for both sets of projects)?

    I apologize for thinking out loud... silently, but I would love some feedback or even encouragement.

    :cheers:
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Hairy_Yak View Post
    I *think* the only real questions I have about this part is whether to get Guntermann standard weight or heavy weight thread, and how much do you think I will go through?
    Standard weight is fine. As for how much you will use... How much stitching do you plan on ripping out? If you say none... and have never sewn I think you may need to revise your plan.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Hairy_Yak View Post

    First, the plan:
    (4x of each, assume materials purchased from QO)
    - gathered end hammock out of 3.75 yards brown 1.9 ripstop
    - 2x 10' 1" polypro med weight straps
    - 2x whoopies and 1x "whoopied" ridge line from 40' am steel 7/64"

    If you can sew a straight line, you can make the hammocks. Fold over 3" on the ends and run a triple row of stitches.

    I have been using polyprop straps and I keep having trouble with mine stretching. Others have not had any trouble. You might want to consider poly webbing, but if you already have the polypro, use what you have. You can always make new straps later if you have too much stretching issues. I have found 10' to be a good length for straps.

    Have fun making gear!

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    Re: About to make the plunge - need a wise eye

    Looks like a good list of supplies.

    Skill will play more into weather you like your hammock or not more than the materials, as you have a fine list. I will second that Poly>PolyPro in the strap dept. If you decide to do a tarp I suggest checking with NoahLamport for your silnylon. They were @$3/yrd minimum of 10yrs when I ordered from them last. With S&H it was still cheaper than most suppliers.

    If you feel confident in your skills or are willing to make a few mistakes along the way, DIY is rewarding. If not, you may just want to Buy. Practice sewing on the hammocks before the tarps. If you need to rip some stitching from hammock it isn't a big deal. The more holes you punch in the silicone coating the more sealing you will need to apply.
    Last edited by packeagle; 08-21-2013 at 08:13.

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    Consider getting the fabric from Magnafabric http://store.magnafabrics.com/
    He has the lowest prices around. I have gotten fabric from him for under a $1.00 a yard with shipping.
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    Re: About to make the plunge - need a wise eye

    Quote Originally Posted by gunner76 View Post
    Consider getting the fabric from Magnafabric http://store.magnafabrics.com/
    He has the lowest prices around. I have gotten fabric from him for under a $1.00 a yard with shipping.
    If I remember right they sell in bulk so they're perfect for your needs.

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    Looks like you're on the right track.

    Unless you have unusually large trees in your area 6 - 7 ft tree straps will be plenty. Polyester webbing is probably better than polypro.

    Once you do 4 hammocks, you'll definitely be ready for a tarp. Tarp's really aren't that hard, especially if you do a warbonnet style ridgeline, instead of a felled seam.

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    The 40' "whoopied" ridgeline? Is that for your tarp? Or your hammock?

    If you are making a adjustable structural ridgeline for each hammock, I think you'll only need about 15-16ft per each.

    If you were planning on using that as a separate ridgeline for your tarp, you can probably get by with a lighter (thus less expensive) line, like Zing-It, Lash-It, etc...

    Maybe I was misunderstanding, just thought that 40' seemed like a lot of amsteel. (Not that having a lot of spare amsteel is a bad thing!)

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    Re: About to make the plunge - need a wise eye

    I think that was 40' to make a ridgeline AND whoopies for one hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston View Post
    Looks like you're on the right track.

    Unless you have unusually large trees in your area 6 - 7 ft tree straps will be plenty. Polyester webbing is probably better than polypro.

    Once you do 4 hammocks, you'll definitely be ready for a tarp. Tarp's really aren't that hard, especially if you do a warbonnet style ridgeline, instead of a felled seam.
    on the west coast, 6-7' strap wont make it around some trees, its nice 2 have extra even tho weight penalty . or have extra amsteel.

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