Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Hammock: WBBB DL 1.1
Suspension: Dynaglide Whoopies
This is because your weight is in relation to earth. To keep ourselves off the ground, or earth, in a hammock we commonly use two suspension lines so our total weight is being shared between the two lines.
For a 250 lbs person the weight carried by each end of the suspension would be 125 lbs.
If you were to rig a loosely termed hammock from a square tarp tied between 4 trees the weight carried by each suspension line for our 250 lbs load would be 62.5 lbs per line.
I hope this helps.
If it helps, think of a cantilever. A 200 lb weight can support a 1,000 lb weight with a cantilever.
You would be correct if the suspension hung straight down at 90 degrees from horizontal, but that's not the case. In fact, the closer the suspension comes to horizontal, the closer the effective weight approaches infinity.
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