Hi, Is this what you are looking for? Bill
--- Bill Fornshell <bfornshell@...
> Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 19:38:40 -0000
> From: "Bill Fornshell" <bfornshell@...>
> To: bfornshell@...
> Subject: Fwd: WristRocketThingy
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "firefly"
> <firefly@e...> wrote:
> I would like this in step by step, posted on Shane's
> website, and
> would be even better if not too much trouble.
> A Wrist Rocket uses two pieces of rubber surgical
> tubing about 6
> inches long separated by a leather pouch. The two
> free ends fit over
> the aluminum frame of the slingshot which is form
> fit to go over
> your wrist for support and then up through your
> fist. Surgical
> tubing is very stretchy and tough (as in not
> So, what I've done (courtesy of Jerry Goller who
> taught me this in
> the first place...which is why I call it the
> Goller Grabber) is cut
> off the tubing where it attaches to the pouch
> (Jerry "undoes" the
> loop that it makes but I find it's easier to cut
> it and make a new
> loop around the ring on the fly).
> I take a nail or other pointy skewering tool and
> poke a hole in one
> wall of the tubing about a half-inch from one end
> (the whole goes
> through only one side of the tubing...not both).
> Then I feed the ong
> end of the tubing through the plastic ring the fly
> cord was attached
> to (I forgot, I untie the cord from the fly ring
> when I start this)
> until the ring is just below the hole I just
> skewered through.
> Then I reach through the opening on the short end
> of the tube (near
> the skewered hole) with a pair of needle nose
> pliers, out through
> the little skewer hole and grab the long end of
> the tube (which puts
> the plastic ring under the pliers). Then I pull
> the long end of the
> tubing through the little hole and out the top of
> the tube. This
> traps the ring in the tubing and when I've gotten
> the tubing pulled
> all the way through it ends up rolled over itself
> just like when
> it's attached to the leather pouch. It will never
> let go of the ring
> this way. The only way to get it off is cut it or
> break the ring.
> Now I take a 1/4" nylon spacer (Home Depot/Lowes
> -- 25 cents each or
> so) and run the old fly cord up through the center
> (a nylon spacer
> is a hard plastic cylinder with a hole running the
> length -- the
> 1/4" dia one is about an inch or so long and has a
> hole running down
> the length about 3/32" or so in dia---big enough
> for the cord). I
> tie the cord with a couple of knots. Then for
> insurance I superglue
> the knot. The knot has to keep the cord from being
> able to be pulled
> back out the spacer but not much larger than the
> diameter of the
> spacer or you can't get the spacer in the tubing.
> Next step is to put a little dish soap on the
> spacer and push it
> into the open end of the tubing until the spacer
> is all the way into
> the tubing and the rubber closes in around the
> cord that extends out
> the spacer. The soap makes it easier. Or if it
> gets difficult I'll
> use the needlenose pliers to grab the leading edge
> of the tubing and
> pull it over the spacer.
> All done, there's a 5 inch rubber tube with the
> fly ring captured in
> something like a larkshead running to the cord
> which is held captive
> in the nylon spacer.
> When setting up the fly I tie it out so the rubber
> tubing is pretty
> extended (stretched). Then as the fabric loosens
> up or rain
> stretches the fabric, the rubber tubing contracts
> on itself and
> tightens the fly...it becomes self-tensioning.
> This works regardless of the type of hammock
> you're using. It just
> happens I have a Hennessey.
> If anyone's interested I could put together a PDF
> file with step by
> step pictures or see if Shane is interested in
> posting the
> instructions over in the hammock section of his
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