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1233Re: tree-saver webbing straps......

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  • Dave Womble
    May 1, 2003

      I'll give the testing idea some thought. First thought I had was
      tying it off overhead and having several people grab hold and
      gradually let it support their weight. Second thought was to not tie
      off overhead and get couple of people on each end and then gradually
      let it support the weight on both ends. I'll keep thinking about
      it. I'm sure we will gets lots of ideas...some may even make us

      Hey, how about a tug-of-war contest over a creek on Ed's next outing
      to determine the tensile strength? :-) We could team up based on the
      type of hammock we use to see who had the strongest hammock lines.


      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Rick" <geoflyfisher@y...>
      > I really appreciate it when someone calls me an enthusiastic
      > youngster. You made my day!!!
      > It would be wonderful to have specs on the webbing. Unfortunately,
      > it is almost never available. Ed and I have had this conversation
      > and it usually comes back to the fact that the manufacturer does
      > want to be responsible for guarantees of breaking strength. They
      > certainly do NOT want anyone putting their body weight on that
      > strap. So getting a clear answer seems impossible.
      > I agree with your assessment, yet have gone through a life of WAY
      > overengineering things just because I did not know strength... and
      > gradual backing down on the material until a breakage did occur.
      > Maybe we should find an easy way to test straps?? Say you want to
      > say the strap is safe for 600 pound pull. So you test it to 900 or
      > 1200 pounds 5-10 times to see it that destroys it??? Let me see,
      > what around here weighs that much????? Half my car??? Maybe a big
      > fish?? You have any ideas?
      > Rick
      > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Dave Womble"
      > wrote:
      > > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Rick" <geoflyfisher@y...>
      > > wrote:
      > > > Christina,
      > > >
      > > > I bought some 1 inch poly webbing at the local Dayton WalMart
      > > > yesterday. Look in the fabric department near the ribbons and
      > > > stuff. It seems to have been strong enough for hammock straps,
      > > which
      > > > would make it ok for tree huggers too. Cost is $.79 per yard.
      > > >
      > > > Rick
      > > >
      > >
      > > Rick,
      > >
      > > Be careful how you determine if the webbing is strong enough. If
      > you
      > > use it once and it didn't break, that doesn't necessarily imply
      > that
      > > it is strong enough to use 100 times, all that means is it didn't
      > > break the last time you used it. I think the best way is to pay
      > > attention to manufacturer's specifications, or barring that, go
      > with
      > > something that is obviously an over-kill for the application or
      > > stress it once by several orders of magnitude greater than your
      > > application in a way that a failure will not result in an injury
      > (and
      > > then, maybe not use that particular piece of material again).
      > >
      > > I know that Ed Speer has had both good and bad experience with
      > > different webbing and has recommendations in his book about what
      > > tensile strengths he recommends. As a hammock user I would
      > a
      > > little caution in recommending weight bearing material for use in
      > > hammock.
      > >
      > > Sorry to act like a wet blanket, I really appreciate your
      > enthusiasm
      > > and willingness to share your ideas, but being an older guy with
      > > analytical background, I felt like I needed to put that out there.
      > >
      > > Youngblood
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