Re: [Hammock Camping] Hammock Rope Diameter for Spectra Cord
- Good point. The higher a rope's elongation at breaking tension is,
the more room for error you have. But, too much elongation is a
Bill in Houston
--- In email@example.com, "Dave Womble" <dpwomble@y...>
> We've talked about this from time to time on this web site. Rickmakes
> a good point that the manufacturer's specs might be conservative.It
> makes sense with high quality manufacturers and as long as theydon't
> get in a 'strength war' that will likely remain the case... forhigh
> quality manufacturers.I
> There is another factor that I think also comes into play.
> Unfortunately I don't have expert knowledge on how it all works so
> can't explain it very well, but I'll try anyway. The tension onthe
> hammock suspension lines are understood and are a function of the
> weight in the hammock and the angle of the hammock suspension lines
> relative to the horizon.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dave Womble" <dpwomble@y...>
> but this is not near the problem for the folks that startYes, I think you demonstrated that in Hot Springs with my HH. Thanks
> off hanging their hammocks with more rope angle-- you are not
> stressing the ropes as bad so they don't stretch as much and because
> of the geometry of the larger angles the rope angle is not as
> sensitive to changes in the rope lengths.
again for that lesson!
> Now, about those mountain top lots I have for sell in south Florida...I'll take one. Where should I mail the check?
- --- In email@example.com, Rick <ra1@i...> wrote:
>line abraids the nylon of the hammock itself. The line does not
> To tell you the truth, I did not like the little spectra lines on my
> hammock any more than I like them on the Hennessey Hammocks. The
> braided exterior of mine tends to get little puffy pulls, and the
> on a tree, so tree huggers become absolutely necessary to protect theI have not had the spectra cord I bought (made by New England Rope)
> tree. It is all a lot of trouble.
have any of the puffy pulls, but I don't have them anywhere near
velcro or other such stuff, maybe that makes a difference?
I did not like the way they worked against the fabric of my hammock,
either. The small diameter gave me concerns that I would "slice" the
fabric in the double sheet bend configuration. That's why I went to
the hammock hugger strap on the hammock ends (pictures soon).
I agree that the use of these ropes makes tree huggers necessary, but
I am at the stage where I appreciate tree huggers, I have not reached
a level of frequency of use or of weight concerns that others may
have. In fact, I am using a carabiner on the strap to tie to- it makes
the Hennessy knot very quick and easy to tie (but weight-conscious
folks would not like the 'biner weights).
Finally, I do LOVE the lack of stretch that these ropes provide. When
I hang my hammock, there's no longer a need to adjust- it stays where
I tied it and keeps its "sag" the same all night. That is the biggest
benefit in my opinion.
ps- I don't relish the thought of dropping a few feet to the ground,
thanks for putting that "visual" into my head, Rick <grin>!!!