Re: I need help!!
Like most of us, I have tried many different arrangements with
hammocks. At one time with my HH (Hennessy hammock) I was attaching
the foot end of the rain fly to a tree and leaving the head end of
the rain fly attached to the ridgeline. This seemed to solve the
problem of a limb, flapping rainfly coming in contact with the
netting of the hammock while increasing ventilation and gave a nice
viewing area out the foot end of the hammock. Never got caught in
high winds with this arrangement...but always felt vunderable to
being caught by high winds/rain coming from the direction of my feet,
since the rainfly was essential 'raised' at the foot end. Then,
someone on one of the yahoo groups mentioned using shock cord to
maintain tension on the rainfly of a HH and I used shock cord to
attach the rainfly at both the head end and foot end of the hammock
ridgeline. Being 'clever', I also attached a small piece of
shockcord to both sides of the rainfly in series with my normal tie-
out line. I tried this out in my backyard and was really 'impressed
with myself' for having a solution to keeping the HH rainfly taunt
and off of the hammock netting while having the convience of the
rainfly attached to the hammock ridgeline.
Then, I went camping with Ed Speer. Remember the trip that everyone
except Ed and I cancelled on because of the huge storm coming through
and the tree that fell real close to us? (Well, that was the last
time I used my HH...after that trip I made my own hammock to get away
from the bottom entry, permanent netting and also use an 8x10' tarp
to improve coverage.) There I was safely inside my HH with the
rainfly attached to the ridgeline using shockcord on all four corners
of the rainfly with no flapping. All of sudden in the middle of the
night I was awoken by the sound of extremely high winds and looked
overhead at the night sky! When the wind stopped, my rainfly was
taunt and in place over the hammock. It also kept the rain that
followed off of me and I stayed dry, fortunely for me, it wasn't
raining when the high winds came through because if it had I would
have be drenched, since the shockcord stretched enough in high winds
to leave hte hammock exposed. I learned the inherent problem of
using shockcord on a rainfly, the shockcord stretches under high wind
load and may compromise your coverage. For me, it was a 'false
solution' to the inherent problem of attaching the rainfly to the
hammock ridgeline and it also got me thinking (and yes, thinking
sometimes gets me into trouble) about the 'stretch' that is inherent
in the much used 1/8" nylon cord that I have sometimes used to rig
tarps. Since then, I use a home made hammock and a 8x10' tarp with
very low stretch spectra cord to rig the tarp as a rainfly.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Coy" <starnescr@y...> wrote:
> Dave, Have you ever added end lines to your HH. I've thought about
> it for the reasons you mention but since I haven't got wet yet
> (pounding on my wood deask right now) I haven't. Of course on
> in a HH is the fly goes down when I get in, with aseperate line it
> wouldn't so will it be easy to get the hight right to start with.
> Coy Boy
> --- In email@example.com, "Dave Womble"
> > I tried to post a reply to this earlier today but I have not seen
> > come up yet, so...I'll try again.
> > Jodi,
> > Can you give us some additional information? What type of
> > and what size rain fly? Is the rain fly attached to the
> > the hammock? Do you use any elastic shockcord to attach the rain
> > fly? Why do you think that the rain fly was "flapping" instead
> > staying taunt?
> > The reasons for the questions about the ridgeline and shockcord
> > basically that rainflys attached to hammock ridgelines have an
> > inherent problem staying taunt when the hammock is loaded with
> > weight and rainflys attached with shockcord have an inherent
> > in high winds because the wind load may stretch the shockcord to
> > extent that the rainfly is not covering the hammock. The most
> > rainfly is one that is attached with its own lines to a
> > tree/object and one that uses line that does not stretch.
> > shockcord stretches, but the standard 1/8" nylon line will also
> > stretch when loaded enough and may not keep a rain fly as taunt
> > line that does not stretch significantly under load.
> > Youngblood
If you go to WallyMart they have a set of replacement tubes & pouch
for about $4. The pouch is a little leather oblong that has a hole
in either end which the tubing is attached to using what looks like
a larkshead knot.
What I did was cut the leather so I could pull the tubing off. That
leaves a tube with a loop in the end. If you're using a grommet or
plastic ring like the Hennessey uses on the fly then you need to get
the ring inside the tubing loop.
The secret is that the tubing is simply a tube. On one end they poke
a hole in one wall of the tube. Then they lay the pouch on the tube,
reach through the hole, grab the end of the tube and pull it through
the hole so it ends up turning inside itself.
It's much less difficult to do than it is to picture from this
description though. First you'll want to soap it up to make the
rubber slippery. Then you can grab the loop with a pair of needle-
nose pliers and pull it back out of itself. Then you can reverse the
process by using the needle-nose pliers again to reach through the
hole and grab the end to catch the ring or grommet. The first time
you do it you'll puzzle over it. The 2nd time you'll just do it.
In fact, I don't bother pulling the tubing out when I do it. I just
cut it off just below where it connects to the leather pouch. Then I
poke a hole using a shish-kebab skewer about 3/4" from the end. I
push the nose of the pliers through the open end of the tube & out
the hole I just made. Then I pull the other end of the tube through
the ring and then place that end in the jaws of the pliers. Then I
pull it through and when I'm done I've got that nice neat connection
around the ring.
On the free end of the tube that attaches to the tie-out cord I use
a small (1/4" dia) nylon spacer (Home Depot, 50 cents, you'll find
them in the drawers of miscellaneous hardware) I thread the end of
the cord through the spacer (it's a hollow nylon tube) and tie a few
overhand knots to make it large enough not to slip through the hole
in the spacer. I put some Crazy Glue on the knot to make sure it
doesn't unravel. Then I soap up the nylon spacer and shove it into
the end of the rubber tubing. You'll need to fiddle with it a bit to
get the thing in as it's a tight fit and you'll want to make sure
the end of the tubing comes down over the end of the spacer but once
it's on it's not coming off again unless you roll the tubing off of
As they say, this thing is "bulletproof". I've not had any issues
with the connections of the tubing. When I hang my hammock I tie it
to a stake or tree with the tubing stretched. Then as the fly
loosens up the tubing takes up the slack. I don't think using an
elastic cord like the Hennessey's hammock tie-outs use would work
long term as they tend to loose their stretch over time when
regularly tied out in a stretched mode. The rubber tubing is a
surgical grade rubber that doesn't have a problem being tied out
stretched and then returning to it's unstretched size.
I don't think this whole thing weighs more than a couple of ounces.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bob" <rnunnink@s...> wrote:
> Thanks for the pictures they help. How did you attach the wrist
> rocket to the cord and the hammock pullout loop so neatly? And do
> think if you used the same elastic cord materail, in place of the
> wrist rockets, that is used for the Hennesy Hammock pullouts you
> could achieve a lighter pullout thay has similar properties?
> --- In email@example.com, "colonelcorn76"
> <colonelcorn76@y...> wrote:
> > Hey Dawn,
> > I uploaded the photos here in a folder called "Jerrys Self-
> > Tensioners".
> > Wrist Rockets are slingshots that fit over your wrist and use
> > surgical tubing as the "rubber band". You can find them...and
> > replacement tubes at your local Wally Mart.
> > With your poncho fly I'd add a couple of grommets or plastic
> > (like are on my Hennessey) and attach the rubber tubing & line
> > those.
> > Jim
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dawnhark"
> > wrote:
> > > --- In email@example.com, "colonelcorn76"
> > > <colonelcorn76@y...> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > Hiya, Jim!!
> > >
> > >
> > > > with self-tensioners like Jerry uses.
> > >
> > >
> > > What are they? Pics avail anywhere?
> > >
> > >
> > > I took the rubber tubing from
> > > > a wrist-rocket
> > >
> > >
> > > And a wrist rocket would be...?
> > >
> > >
> > > and put one on each of the fly's tie-out rings. For
> > > > serious rain, I then tie the fly's cords to the same stakes
> > use to
> > > > tie out the hammock
> > >
> > >
> > > My hammock has no side tie-outs--so would I have to run some
> > to
> > > the ground from the poncho (tarp)?
> > >
> > > Dawn