Here are the instructions I sent to some one for making athe quick risk test
hammock with sheetbends.
Does this make sense to you guys?
Note it was inspired by Rick (as a risk test hammock) and then someone here
suggested the double sheet bend)
Buy 4 yards of material at Wal-Mart ($1.50 a yd)
Get some strapping two 12 to 20 foot pieces, 1 inch wide
If you can find "Mule tape" from an electrician it's great
or old motorcycle tie down straps (cut off all the metal)
or look at army navy stores
or buy some strapping
Must be able to hold at least 600 lbs of tension (that's the way the forces
Spread out the material, and gather the end in both hands.
start from both corners about 3 inches down and work towards the center top.
when it is gathered you should have two fists full of material with the
corners sticking up as "ears" two inches tall
(Like Batman's mask)
Combine into one fist about a foot down and keeping the "ears" intact fold
the material to make a loop (or bight in knot terms)
Using the strapping tie a sheet bend through the material. (see any scout
handbook, or knot book or knot website)
To really do it right do a double sheet bend (two loops around the standing
part of the material then feed through the top loop twice also).
Snug the knot carefully.
find two trees about 20 foot apart
Tie with the hammock hangers wrap
Test all knots then climb in.
Note the "ears" makes a pocket that will keep your center of gravity (that
means you) below the sides of the hammock.
So you are stable and will not fall out.
Experiment with different hang angles for comfort.
Also try sleeping at a diagonal to the line of the hammock for a flatter
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