11026Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: webbing strength
- Oct 31, 2005Tim,
The way I hang a hammock with webbing, even though I use a knot, there
is little loss of strength at the tree. This is because there is very
little stress on the knot. Most of the stress is taken up by the wraps
of webbing around the tree, and only a small portion is taken up by the
keeper knot at the end. The same is true of a hennessey knot.
Your point is well taken especially regarding the loop I make back at
the hammock. This is the reson that I form that loop by sewing. It can
be sewn, like Ed Speer shows in his book, by sewing the loop around the
hammock. However, what I have begun to do is to sew a loop in the end
of the strap and then bring the end of the strap through the loop to
make a slip knot that goes around the hammock. With this set-up it is
easy to remove the strap to wash the hammock. Add a whipped end to the
hammock, and now I can quickly and easily remove the gathering at the
end of the hammock to dry it quickly after washing.
I read what Youngblood wrote about differential stress and agree with
that too. This is the reason that climbing knots using webbing are made
carefully without bunching the webbing.
Rick Allnutt MD
Author of "A Wildly Successful 200-Mile Hike"
personal hiking website: http://www.imrisk.com
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "tim garner" <slowhike@y...>[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> > some of you have talked about the strength of webbing (& rope too i
> > belive) being compromised w/ knots. so i`m wondering if webbing being
> > forced to bunch up tightly together will cause a weak place too?
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