821Alternate for cutting a Speer Hammock bug net
- Mar 6 7:23 AM"Ed Speer" wrote:
> informes me that doing anything less than a perfect rectangle willnew
> require that the bug net also be cut differently to accomodate the
> hammock shape--but that may not be too difficult.Hi Ed,
I did not cut a rectangular bug net for the two Speer type hammocks I
have made. The alternate method I used was to hang the hammock with
a net suspension cord as you describe in the book. Then I put a pad
in the hammock to put it into the right shape... about the same as
if I were sleeping in it.
At this stage, I drape the bug net material over the cord and hold it
in place with three clothes pins. Then I cut the bug net out in a
football shape that overlaps the edges of the hammock by about 4-6
inches. I found it works best to then put the piece on the kitchen
floor and make a few judicious smoothing cuts to make the shape a
symetrical and smooth football. Finally, I sew the hook velcro to
the two long edges of the net. At each of the ends, for the last 6-8
inches (beyond the velcro line on the hammock, I sew hook velcro to
one side and pile velcro to the other, so I can close the ends of the
bug net on itself.
This seems to use a bit less material, thus a little less weight, and
also makes the ends of the bug net look a little neater during use. I
ordered 2.5 yards of noseeum, and layed the material across its
diagonal before cutting.
I use some of the cut off bug net to make a little triangular holder
for glasses and pocket stuff.
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