Jonas, I did not reinforce the drawtube opening. I originally
intended to fold a small hem at the opening, but due to a sewing error
ended up just punching a hold in the netting for the drawcord. No
problems yet. Your idea for a 10 foot tube seems reasonable, but I
suspect that a drawcord around the hammock ends may leave enough of a
hole to admit a few bugs. Not sure about this - let us know when you
try it. I made mine tapered at the end and sealed it with velcro. I
use an elastic drawcord for a better seal around a sleeping bag and so
that I can pull it up and down without moving the drawstring. I think
non-elastic cord would be better in your case. I would also be
concerned about reaching the hammock end from inside the hammock to
seal the 2nd end of the tube, but maybe you're a better gymnast than
I. Good luck with the project.
--- In email@example.com, jonas4321@j... wrote:
> Thanks for the pics. I have been contemplating bug nets for my
> ZHammock-style hammocks, and you are halfway to what I was
> am not interested in saving weight at this time, I can always change
> tactics if I ever do become weight conscious. I want complete coverage,
> top and bottom. I'd like to avoid Permethrin on the hammock fabric if
> possible (never liked putting chemicals so close to my skin for
> periods, no matter what the absorption tests claim).
> I was wondering if anyone had thought of/tried this and if anyone senses
> I am thinking of making a long "tube" of noseeum, made out of 10' of
> wide mesh (from mosquitonetting.com). Sew the long edges together into a
> 58" "wide" tube that would be slid over the hammock before it is hung. A
> cord tied between the hanging straps (and inside the tube) would provide
> a ridgeline to hold the mesh up over the hammock.
> At each end of the mesh tube, sew a channel for a drawstring (probably
> not elastic) so that the openings in the "tube" could be closed. Start
> out with the foot end of the tube drawn closed, then slide the open end
> up over me once I was in the hammock, then draw it closed, too.
> Does your elastic drawcord work well with the bug net material? Is there
> a need to reinforce the openings where the cord exits the channel
> Thanks again for the pics- they really helped me visualize my ideas.
> On Mon, 06 Sep 2004 02:26:47 -0000 "Debra Weisenstein" <dweisens@a...>
> > Hello all. Just posted some pictures of my current hammock bug net
> > design under "DebW's Photos" on this list. I discussed this a few
> > months ago but finally got some pictures of myself in it. This is
> > a
> > tube of netting that slides over the top half of the hammock.
> > Velco
> > seal around the hammock strap and a short velco section to allow
> > the
> > ridgeline to pass out. Elastic drawcord around the waist to seal
> > around the middle of the hammock.
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