It's going to be her first hang out in the State park and she can't wait! I haven't spent much on her set setup as it IS her first time and she's 12... so she's excited now, but tomorrow's a new day.
That said I got her the blue $25 nylon hammock from Walmart, if anyone's interested, and the suspension system is complete bollocks. I'm hoping to redo it on the cheap, as I get paid monthly, and would like to continue eating until the first. So here's my question: Does anyone know the weight limit on the Walmart carabiners (I know they're not for heavy use, but she's 85 lbs)? Or know where I can get a couple decent ones cheap? I looked at REI and they were out of everything but these $25 deals and I just can't pay $50 to get Little Bit in the air. Would double or tripling cheap 'biners be safe? If I have to I'll spend the money 'cause I'll be damned if she's getting hurt because I'm cheap... but I hate Top Ramen.
Also I use straps for my hammock because I don't trust Whoopies to hold my 260 lb behind, but Little Bit would be fine. That said my good 550 cord should work fine for her, yes? Or what about the nylon strapping from Joann's?
I've looked at different methods of suspension, but my biggest question, obviously, are materials. I'm still a noob myself and I know what works me ME, but as far as rigging someone else I'd sooner get the advice of those more experienced than myself. Especially where my baby sister is concerned. I'd die if she woke up to a broken tailbone because I neglected something.