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 09-20-2007, 11:06 #2 Walking Bear Senior Member     Join Date: Mar 2007 Location: Fairbury NE Hammock: DIY Bridge Tarp: DIY 11x10 Insulation: DIY UQ & down bag Posts: 863 To calculate the weight of the fabric, calculate the square yardage of your fabric and divide that into the weight of the fabric. Your 8 yards is 288 inches long. If the fabric is 62 inches wide that is a total of 17,856 square inches. There are 1296 square inches in a yard. Therefor you have 13.77 square yards. Divide that into the number of ounces you have in the fabric.
 09-20-2007, 11:10 #3 Rapt Senior Member   Join Date: Sep 2007 Location: Belleville, ON View my gallery 26 Posts: 665 Images: 26 The stainless links you bought are major overkill for strength, but it won't drop you, thats for sure! As for what weight the fabric is... just weigh in ounces it then divide that by the number of square yards you have. (That depends on the width of your fabric.) You'll get a number of ounces per square yard. Thats what the 1.1 or1.9 refer to. (oops walking bear beat me to it...) The 5/32 probably will work, but is quite a bit heavier than it needs to be. I use this. The waxed 100lb test is nice and easy to handle and holds the whipping really well. Its about 1.5mm or 5/64 in diameter... I'm sure similar products are available elsewhere since it seems my source has discontinued them. Last edited by Rapt; 09-20-2007 at 11:11.. Reason: comment on slow posting
 09-20-2007, 11:20 #4 NCPatrick Senior Member     Join Date: Oct 2006 Location: Winston-Salem, NC Hammock: WB Traveler Tarp: Custom OES tarp Insulation: JRB Down UQ/TQ Suspension: Whoopie slings View my gallery 40 Posts: 9,612 Images: 40 I use these for whipping (8" zip ties) and they work just fine. Just cut off what you don't need and round the edges. BTW, welcome to the forums! __________________ "Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities." - Mark Twain “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” - John Burroughs Last edited by NCPatrick; 09-20-2007 at 11:24.. Reason: forgot my manners...
 09-20-2007, 12:48 #5 Boose New Member   Join Date: Sep 2007 Location: Massachusetts Posts: 15 Thank you Aw heck, I had 8" zip ties in the basement! And did I mention that I'm a mental midget when it comes to math? So these replies have been very helpful.
 09-20-2007, 15:47 #6 Redtail Senior Member     Join Date: Jan 2007 Location: Middletown, MD Hammock: HH Expedition Tarp: JRB 11x10 Insulation: DIY Climashield UQ Suspension: Cinch buckles View my gallery 6 Posts: 337 Images: 6 An easier way to tell is that 1.1 nylon is practically see-through.
 09-28-2007, 17:14 #7 ejsilver26 New Member   Join Date: Sep 2007 Location: Prescott, On, Canada Posts: 2 I've been trying to find the supplies to build my own hammock and I think that you guys to the south of me are lucky. We don't have \$1 bins at our Walmart, nor do they tell you *anything* about the fabric. I went to a few places to see what they had and found *one* place that *may* have what I need, but the cost is getting up there. One place is asking \$7/yard for material (ripstop, not sure of the weight. They are supposed to call me about that), but it does have all the material. I know it have coated materials, but don't know if it's silicone or not. If anyone from the "Ottawa or surrounding area" knows of a place to get decent materials at a decent cost, I'd be most greatfull. Or, if there are alternate materials I could look for (perhaps a bit heavier, but more reasonably priced and just as strong) it would be great. I'm looking foreward to making a hammoc and camping out with it. Cheers, Ejsilver26
 09-28-2007, 19:11 #8 warbonnetguy   Join Date: May 2007 Location: fort collins, co View my gallery 47 Posts: 3,997 Images: 47 if it's from wm, it may be polyester ripstop rather than nylon if you don't know what you are looking at. order some free samples from www.owfinc.com or www.questoutfitters.com once you see the differences, you will always be able to tell the difference between 1.9, 1.1, sil, and coated nylons just by looking at them. the first time you see polyester ripstop, you will know it b/c it is just "different" than nylon. silkier, softer, less stiff/wrinkly. quest and owf have great prices on fabric. no 1\$/yd, but still good prices. if you buy 15 or 20 yds, you get a big discount too. Last edited by warbonnetguy; 09-28-2007 at 19:15..
 09-28-2007, 23:21 #9 xirebos New Member   Join Date: May 2007 Location: Dallas, TX Hammock: HH HLB & AR Tarp: Hammockgear cuben Insulation: MYOG down quilt View my gallery 1 Posts: 37 Images: 1 In case you hadn't stumbled across it http://www.hammockforums.net/links/browselinks.php?c=9 has links for some of the suppliers forum members have used/know about. Also, scroll down a bit here http://www.specialtyoutdoors.com/tips/sources.asp for Canadian fabric sources. Being a tactile person myself, perhaps ordering a set of fabric swatches from one of them may also be helpful?
 10-01-2007, 20:05 #10 alex30808 Senior Member   Join Date: Sep 2007 Location: Dearing, Georgia Hammock: Hammaka HALO SE Tarp: JRB 11X10 Insulation: My Poncho Pod Posts: 353 I ordered some swatches from Quest and they sent me an Email today stating that the samples are in the mail and they also included a swatch of "Supplex" because another client who makes hammocks (they did not say who...) makes them from Supplex materials for folks in the 200 to 250 pound range...which I fall in to..lol __________________ Alex Williams Acts 10:13 "Arise Peter, Kill and Eat." Job 14:15 "Call upon Me and I shall answer you." Williams Custom Calls

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