RE: [Hammock Camping] Material...coated or not?
Sorry to hear about that hammock Rat—hope you get off the floor soon! I too have seen loaded fabrics split from a small hole—OK, I was poking my finger in the hole to see what would happen, but it was a prototype test. Lots of fabrics will work, but light nylon is best. Uncoated is fine, and even DWR treated will work—just avoid silicone or urethane coated. For the hot desert, note that DWR can often be removed by several washing in strong detergent & fabric softener if you want even more breathability. If you can’t find what you need, I do sell kits and have a Speer 8.0A in woodland camo w/ brown tarp—the hammock is 1.9 ripstop & the tarp is 1.1 silnylon ripstop….Ed
From: Rat [mailto:hogn8r2004@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 9:40 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Material...coated or not?
Well, my home made Speer style hammck ripped in half, it's been a
good hammock. I found a very small hole (don't know what from) that
seems to be the start of the tear. Anyway, it's a total loss. I
don't now what kind of material it is to begin with, I think it was
nylon, but not ripstop. I really don't know. Apparently that was the
last bit of it in Iraq as well. The vendor isn't able to find any
like it anywhere! Believe me, there is a reason we call this the
dark side of the moon!
So, I've been looking at OWF for some material, rip-stop, 1.9 0z
woodland camo, to be exact. First all I can find is coated, DWR,
SilNyl and Urethane. I really would like to have the woodland camo
print, but not at the expense of comfort.
The question is: Would coated, DWR breathable (or any other), be
okay as a hammock? I have used uncoated before, never coated.
Currently sleeping on the floor...
- I have experimented and learned a few tricks
that might help, but I don't know all of the
I use Outlook Express and notice that posts
really get jumbled up when I save them to my
drafts and then put it back on my screen to work
on later. There is some invisible character
that gets put into the text that has the
equivalent function of a carriage return key of
a typewriter which I mention for lack of knowing
a better way to describe it. That sets the
amount of characters on a line which can be
adjusted by going to tools then options then send then settings ...
and when that combines with whatever Yahoo is doing it really gets
Under mail sending format for plain text I select 48 characters per
line. This gives a narrow text width that doesn't compete with the
advertisement space on upper right of the web viewed Yahoo page and
results from my viewing perspective with unbroken text lines not
chopped up by Yahoo.
Sometimes, I do want to post something that I have saved to drafts or
have sent before or would otherwise be messed up with the invisible
control characters that can really jumble things up especially if you
do some editing and more saving, etc. To remove all of those
undesired invisible control characters, I have found a free web tool
that performs very well and in just three mouse clicks the text is
cleaned up. Try it for yourself:
I have found that after the initial 15 lines of 48 character line
width, I can go to wider and my text becomes the shape of Utah being
notched out in the top right just right for Yahoo's advertisement.
The above results in clean posts and this one is an example, but I
would prefer to find a way without having to jump through hoops due
to Yahoo creating line width issues with their advertisement insert
without solving that problem. If anyone knows how to do better then
I sure would like to know. I invested too much time in figuring this
much out -- those big Yahoo bullies.
How does this text look?
Ronald H Levine