- Hi Karen,
Interesting thread you have started here. (da-da-da-boom)
I use the all polyester thread sold places like WalMart, 50 cents per
500 yards. It was all I have found that did not have a cotton
I have had nothing remotely close to a failure in a strap.
I do use a zigzag stitch, 2mm wide, 1mm long. I sew across the strap
(double thickness) then back up all the way across the strap, then
come forward again. It ends up looking just like the sewing in a
--- In email@example.com, karens62@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 5/1/2003 8:27:17 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> > Hey, how about a tug-of-war contest over a creek on Ed's
> > next outing to determine the tensile strength? :-)
> Just don't let me sew the hand holds on the straps or you'll end up
lying on the ground!
> I was recently a "victim" of strap failure, not because of the
webbing strenght, but because of the thread I used to sew the webbing
together behind the knot. I knew better, but I used old cheap
polyester thread instead of high quality thread and my butt met the
ground unexpectedly. I was fine. No broken teeth and the only thing
possibly wounded was my pride (which has taken lots of hits lately).
But, since no one saw it and Ed has only teased me about it a half
dozen times, I survived. It could have been much worse. Whatever
cheap materials you find and test, spring for the expensive thread :)
Check hardware stores, sail makers, and marine supply stores for
webbing. If you're inland, I assume there must be boating stores with
similar gear. There's an outfit here in Honolulu called West Marine,
which I think must be a national chain. They have a marvellous
selection of very strong and light cordage and webbing. Also, I get
all the stuff to make tents and hammocks from Outdoor Wilderness
Fabrics, as others have stated here.
Brandon in Honolulu
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Christina Moon <moonpi@i...>
> Where does one find the low-memory-stretch polypropylene 1" inchwide
> webbing?towing cars.
> I looked in WalMart and all they have has hooks on the ends for
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- OK how about this? Why not make the webbing tree huggers non-
weightbearing? That would eliminate the unknown quality issues. My
thought is that you take a two or three foot long piece of 1"
webbing and sew a similarly sized piece of silnylon to it, creating
a sleeve (sew on the long edges and leave open on both ends of the
webbing). Through this sleeve you run your rope -- I'd recommend
something like Spectra which is lightweight, small diameter, and a
known/warranted strength (I get mine from Wests Marine--I use it
When putting your tree hugger around the tree, just keep the webbing
side toward the bark and you get the same bark/tree protection as
any other webbing based tree hugger but the Spectra line (which ends
up being tied to itself) is the weight bearing component and you're
safe from random webbing failures.
If you're a real gram-weenie, you don't even need a full length
silnylon sleeve--just a few pieces along the length of the webbing
to hold the line in place when you're not tied to a tree.
--- In email@example.com, "Dave Womble" <dpwomble@y...>
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Rick" <geoflyfisher@y...>you
> > 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,
> > would make it ok for tree huggers too. Cost is $.79 per yard.
> > Rick
> Be careful how you determine if the webbing is strong enough. If
> use it once and it didn't break, that doesn't necessarily implythat
> it is strong enough to use 100 times, all that means is it didn'twith
> break the last time you used it. I think the best way is to pay
> attention to manufacturer's specifications, or barring that, go
> something that is obviously an over-kill for the application or(and
> stress it once by several orders of magnitude greater than your
> application in a way that a failure will not result in an injury
> then, maybe not use that particular piece of material again).suggest a
> 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
> little caution in recommending weight bearing material for use ina
> Sorry to act like a wet blanket, I really appreciate your
> and willingness to share your ideas, but being an older guy withan
> analytical background, I felt like I needed to put that out there.
- true. there is stretch involved in the nylon webbing. I wouldnt worry too much about it. Also, there are "spectra" slings which work extremely well. I just happened to be cleaning my gear closet right before I read this and saw my collection of slings. Brain fart about not differentiating amongst them.Just an idea if you cant find poly...----- Original tueMessage -----From: RickSent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 10:54Subject: Hammock Camping Re: tree-saver webbing straps......Matt,
Only problem there, if I remember this stuff from my climbing days,
is that the climbing webb gear stuff is almost always nylon, not
poly. Unfortunately, the nylon stretches too much for hammocks.
--- In email@example.com, "Matthew Pulsts"
> You might also try locating you local outfitter that deals in
> They will sell webbing of all sorts. The nice thing about the
> shop's webbing is that it HAS to have been tested and weight
> HAVE to be available.
> Just a thought.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rick [mailto:geoflyfisher@y...]
> Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 8:56 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Hammock Camping Re: tree-saver webbing straps......
> 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?
> --- In email@example.com, "Dave Womble"
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "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
> > use it once and it didn't break, that doesn't necessarily imply
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > little caution in recommending weight bearing material for use in
> > hammock.
> > Sorry to act like a wet blanket, I really appreciate your
> > 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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