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6860Re: [Hammock Camping] Bugnet Tube a Success

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  • Ronald H Levine
    Sep 28, 2004
      Perhaps some low density foam rubber like just a
      rectangular shape in the ends and rolled over the
      cords. When you pull the drawstring closed over
      this lightweight addition, it will compress the
      foam rubber which would fill all void that is not
      the net.

      Ronald H Levine
      Midvale, Utah

      PS: Introduction: I appreciate our group. I am
      innovative and have lots of ideas to build and test
      when I get a chance hopefully in this century. I
      bought a BabyLock Pro sewing machine in October and
      it is still new and still sealed in the box . At
      the same time I bought the new JUKI five thread
      serger and I practiced most of the stitches and
      threading it all the different ways and adjusting
      it different ways till I could make all kinds of
      good seams, but I still haven't made my first
      article of clothing or anything. I have continued
      to prepare to make some good and custom designed
      clothing and gear by buying fabrics on sale that
      impress me as useful for my purposes. I haven't
      posted much, but I will post when I make some of my

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <jonas4321@...>
      To: <hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 5:50 PM
      Subject: [Hammock Camping] Bugnet Tube a Success

      I have been thinking of how I wanted to add bug
      netting to my hammock,
      and I decided to try out making a tube that was
      drawn closed at both
      ends. This not only gave me coverage from above and
      below, it also gave
      me an unexpected benefit of a bug net that I could
      use with most any
      hammock that I might make in the future. This
      hammock is a ZHammock
      design (thank you Risk!). The only change I made to
      that design was that
      I used a double sheet bend to connect the webbing
      to the hammock.

      The tube is two 4-yard lengths of 58" wide noseeum
      from OWF (it could
      have been a little shorter, but the hammock is 3
      yards long, so I gave
      myself a little extra length). I sewed these two
      pieces together along
      the long sides to form a tube. I then sewed over a
      3/4" channel hem at
      each end with two buttonholes as reinforcement for
      where the drawstring
      exited the channel. I used 1/8" smooth nylon
      drawstring cord and basic
      cordlocks. Next time, I'll choose a smaller
      diameter cord, 1/8" was
      unnecessarily thick. Even flat cord would have been

      I draw the foot end closed before I get in the
      hammock, then get in and
      pull the tube up over my head and draw it closed on
      the head end from
      inside. I used a separate ridgeline rope for the
      bug net, and I was
      pleased that the closed end seemed to slide
      automatically to the point
      where the hammock webbing and ridgeline crossed,
      making a fairly tight
      seal. I suppose I could stuff a bit of clothing in
      the ends if the bugs
      were really on the offensive.

      Getting it closed at the head end was relatively
      easy, as the ridgeline
      would pull down just enough for me to draw it
      tightly closed. It slid
      away from me a little towards the point where the
      ridgeline and webbing
      crossed after I let it go, but the drawcord was
      within easy reach in the
      morning, and it didn't take much acrobatics to undo
      (which is good,
      because I'm no acrobat).

      This isn't a very good ultralight design, but it
      does what I was looking
      to do. I put some pics of the setup and the hammock
      end-knot up on a
      Jonas4321 album in the Photos section.

      Thanks to all the experienced folks for the advice
      along the way on this
      design. Now to tackle the cold weather issues...