16447Re: Built my dream hammock
- Nov 28, 2006--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jdmitchtroop226" <jdmitch@...>
I got to third (or fourth??) the picture request.
Take a close up of the ends, where you run a loop through the
"casing". I'm looking for an alternative to whipping.
If nothing else, find someone with a camera cell phone. You get them
free with renewall these days
wrote:> I gotta echo the need for pics that others have made. The design
> sounds very cool, but frankly, I can't manage to envision this.
> Sounds neat.
> --- In email@example.com, "Chinell, David F \(GE Indust,
> Security\)" <david.chinell@> wrote:
> > Hangers:
> > There are no pictures, so this may be a bit wordy. Over the
> holidays, my Rita helped me sew together my dream hammock. It's a
> design I've been thinking about for years while I swung in other
> people's designs. It's a three-layer, jungle hammock type, much like
> the Mosquito Hammocks, but with no zippers.
> > Here's how it goes. Dimensions are finished dimensions and do not
> include casing allowances.
> > The bottom two layers are 1.1 oz ripstop nylon (not silnylon). These
> pieces are 4 ft. 6 in. wide, and 8 ft long. They are joined at the
> ends to form a casing. The casing also includes the netting layer.
> > The third layer is mosquito netting. (Would have preferred no-seeum,
> but couldn't get it at the time.) This layer is 5 ft. wide and 8 ft.
> long. All three layers are folded to form the casing.
> > In addition, all three layers are sewn together for 12 inches,
> starting at the casing. In this area, the extra width of the netting
> (3 inches on each side) is tucked between the bottom layers before all
> three layers are sewn together.
> > The netting has four areas where grossgrain ribbon straps are sewn
> on. Two of the straps are used to hold the netting up at the ends. Two
> are used to pull the netting together underneath me at the center of
> the hammock.
> > The straps that hold the netting up are 18 inches from the casing.
> They are about six inches long, running parallel to the casing, and in
> the middle of the netting. They're made by sticking a strip inside the
> netting, then sticking another strip with a preformed loop on the
> outside, then sewing them together. (Hooray for spray adhesive!) To
> each loop, I attached a yard of 1/8-inch shock cord with a mitten hook
> at either end. One mitten hook goes through the loop, the other hook
> will go to my ridgeline or to the tree rope.
> > The straps that pull the netting together under my butt are shaped
> like upside-down Ts. The base of the T runs along the edge of the
> netting. It's about 12 inches long and centered along the length of
> the netting. The vertical stem is about 7 inches long, and runs
> perpendicular to the edge of the netting. It's doubled over to from
> its own loop, which extends an inch below the edge of the netting. I
> use another yard of 1/8-inch shock cord to form an 18-inch loop, tied
> through one of the strap loops, and through a mitten hook. Once I'm in
> the hammock, I pull the shock cord under me to the other side, and
> hook the mitten hook into the other loop.
> > Finally, I use two feet of 5mm rope to create a one foot loop
> through the casing at each end. I attach a 1-1/2 inch diameter metal
> ring to each loop using a lark's head.
> > In practice...
> > I attach my tree ropes to the tree, leaving about a yard of running
> end. The running end goes through the metal ring on the hammock, gets
> adjusted, then tied off using a Hennessy hitch or slipped sheet bend.
> > If there are no bugs, I put the netting side down.
> > If there are bugs, I put the netting side up, attach the shock cords
> at the ends to my ridge line or the tree ropes. Getting in or out just
> involves using the hook to attach or unattach the shock cord running
> underneath me.
> > There are areas at the head and foot where the netting may gap away
> from the hammock material, but once these are arranged to run below
> the droop of the hammock, they press firmly against the hammock sides
> as if by magic. The widths of the base and netting panels are, for me,
> optimal to ensure protection.
> > I like having the bottom two layers open along their length so I can
> insert and adjust my insulating pads from both sides. I also like that
> the hammock is symmetrical -- there's no head or foot, left or right.
> > There. That's it. I wouldn't mind in the least if someone with high
> volume manufacturing capabilities experimented with this design using
> even better materials and ended up offering it as an ultra-light
> model, so I can have the seams perfect, and can order another one
> whenever I want to hook somebody else on hammocking.
> > Bear
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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