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    Senior Member E.A.Y.'s Avatar
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    3.875oz bugnet, silk gauze

    I used 7 yards of 3mm (momme) 45" wide white silk gauze from Dharma Trading. About $18.

    I cut the yardage into 2 equal lengths (3.5 yards) and sewed the long uncut edges together, making a tube. I sewed a channel on each end and gathered the ends: at the foot end with a short piece of very light shock cord (so it would stretch to get over the ring on my suspension but still keep bugs out) and the other with lightweight cord and a cord lock.

    It remains attached to the hammock at the foot (stores nicely in a bishop bag) and is deployed by pulling it over me and the hammock and cinching it up while inside the net. I use a structural ridgeline on my hammocks, which keeps the net off my face.

    The silk is very fine and is very easily snagged. I am quite proud that I managed to deploy it in a forest of Ponderosa Pine and not get it snagged on any lurking pinecones. I don't know how long this net will last but it will do for now.

    I like a lot of sag in my long hammock, so this net is not really wide enough to accommodate that sag. I had to lengthen the ridgeline to make up for the width issue. The next net will be made with a diamond shaped gusset in the center of one long seam to provide "butt room".
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    That looks great! Is it a finer mesh than nanoseeum or tulle?

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    looks great,,, how good is the air flow through it?

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    Wow. That's a lot lighter than NoSeeUm. Let us know how it works out.
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    Senior Member E.A.Y.'s Avatar
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    Air flow is just fine through it, although it is quite soft so will blow around easily and tends to cling to things.

    I think it is equivalent to no-see-um mesh until the it (silk) gets a snag or a run in it.

    Silk is on the left, no-see-um from Quest Outfitters on the right in the attached photo.
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    Nice work! It really looks much finer than the no-see-um in that picture. Hard to believe it would breathe very well, but if you've been inside of it I guess you should know. I know I'd have it all torn-up after 2 or 3 nights (cause I'm rough like that), but might be a good thing for those that are more careful with their gear. Cool!
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    Looks great! Can't wait for a field report after a few trips.

    I thought for a moment that this might be a good enticement for the wife to get her back into a hammock (it is SILK, after all). But she'd just tear it up. She tends to eject things from the hammock during the night. :O Last time it was the top quilt, a Z-Rest pad and a fleece pullover. Ans she made me get up and cover her back up!!! I wonder if I could make a net like you did but out of ripstop nylon with huge "windows" of silk in the top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Hard to believe it would breathe very well, but if you've been inside of it I guess you should know.
    Well, I've never been in a a no-see-um hammock net (just a head net) but I did not notice too much stuffiness in there. I did not use it most of the night since the skeeters were just out a dawn and dusk. Now the trip in mid June will be skeeter heaven, so I'll be able to give it a good try then.

    My unscientific "breathe through the material" test tells me that it no more difficult to breathe through then no-see-um.

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    Hmm - If the piece of silk you used was 3.5 yards x 45" and weighed 3.875 oz, then I compute that to be 0.886 oz/sq yard.

    Nanoseeum is supposed to weigh 0.8 oz/sq yard and I think that's approximately the weight of the peice we have. The 48" wide stuff costs about 3 times what you paid for the silk.

    The nylon and polyester organza we have weighs 0.8 oz/sq yard, is 60" wide and costs approximately $8 per linear yard or $4.00 per linear yard with store coupons. The organza comes in a wide variety of colors including black and white, but no camo

    In our unscientific tests, we found that we couldn't rip by hand the organza any easier or harder than we could noseeum or nanoseeum. Essentially we couldn't rip organza by hand. So we think the organza is about as tough as noseeum.

    We haven't measured the number of openings in the organza, but it appears visually to be about the same as noseeum and maybe a finer mesh.

    The nylon or polyester organza, noseeum or nanoseeum isn't as affected by UV as the silk and it sure isn't as affected by rot as the silk.

    The Organza we can get locally without S&H costs and without the shipping delay.

    We get the weight advantage of the nanoseeum without the much higher cost.

    We have switched totally to using Organza for the purpose of the noseeum.

    Also, there is only a single source for nanoseeum.

    Just another alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiredFeet View Post
    Hmm - If the piece of silk you used was 3.5 yards x 45" and weighed 3.875 oz, then I compute that to be 0.886 oz/sq yard.
    I used the full 7 yards of silk for this net. Apologies if original description was unclear.

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