I would probably suggest a smaller tarp as well. If you try to hang from trees that far apart it will be really frustrating. For trying things out you could even consider a cheap poly tarp from Wally World for only a few bucks. Noisy and heavy but you can always use it to cover the lawnmower later when you get something lighter. I have personally never slept in a store bought hammock...had an ENO double for a while but didn't like it any better than my homemade. It was great quality though. Was able to sell it here in a few hours when I decided to so even in the unlikely event you don't like hanging you could recoup much of your spending with a name brand.
Homemade hammock is one of the easiest projects ever. Check out Jeff's http://www.tothewoods.net/ and Risk's http://www.imrisk.com/ sites. I tried one of Risk's test hammocks first for about $12.00. I build Risk's zHammocks as ther are great for pad control. It doesn't hurt to have the double bottom for security as I am big and heavy. Bugnet easy to build as well. Go to the SEHHA campout if you can...even if only for the day on Saturday. More info there than you can imagine and seeing one of Ed's hammocks will show you how easy is is to build. While there you could probably pick up Ed's book too. Required reading in my opinion...my copy is almost worn out!
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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Upstate, SC
Hammock: ENO Double Nest
Tarp: GearGuide 12x12
Ok after much research and a DIY gear bug got to me.
I will be making a single later 60’ wide home made hammock in the coming weeks. No ripstop nylon at the locally Wally Word but I was able to get some from a local fabric store @ 5 bucks a yard and I have nylon thread to sew the hem with.
Whipping / Knot…
Not sure here suggestions? I would love something more finished looking that jus the whipping is there such a thing?
Man you guys make this a tough decision but after all the reading I think I am going to go with the cc buckle method (Rope to hammock and webbing to tree).
I don’t think I will worry about this for the first couple of trips and just coat myself in the OFF goodness. But long term I will have to address it as I seem to attract skeeters like there is a dinner bell tied around my neck.
I went with the Gear Guide 12x12. I know it’s big but if I hang it with the hammock and not diagonal I should be ok and I love the idea of the extra space if I needed it, and with so many tie downs I thought I could I always just close it up if it was too big.
More research needed for this one.
And I am sorry I can’t make the event in hot springs this weekend I am best man in a death march, Ahh I mean wedding.
Thanks again for all the help guys!
Last edited by thatscguy; 04-25-2008 at 09:25..
If you want a more finished look on the ends of the whipping, check out this tutorial on making some end covers for your hammock. It makes things look nice and neat.
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the nylon thread i bought once was to thick & stiff, but hopefully what you got is thinner & more workable w/ the light weight fabric.
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