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16447Re: Built my dream hammock

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  • teblum
    Nov 28, 2006
      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "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 hammockcamping@yahoogroups.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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