Re: [Hammock Camping] hammock adjustment
- errr...tube shape? tis not hollow but has a hole at each end to allow for rope adjustment
slowhike <slowhike@...> wrote: sandy... you called the adjustment bar a "tube". is it hollow?
looking at the photos, it appeared to be a solid "bar" of aluminum w/
a hole in the center, which would be much stronger than a hollow tube
w/ a hole in the center. it seams this would be an easy, quick way to
adjust the sag in a hammock w/o untying the webbing from the tree. i
may have to get one & experiment w/ a combonation of webbing (tree
end) & rope (hammock end). thanks...slowhike
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- i wish i had that camera... a photo or 2 would be so much better
than my hunt-n-pecking & trying to explan my experiments:~} we
have talked about a way to make quick adjustments to the hammock
(like to adjust the distance of hammock between two trees, or adjust
sag after streching)w/o having to take the webbing loose from the
tree. i belive bear (david c) had showed how he used 2 rings &
webbing, but i didn`t get that to work so well for me. so i`ve
continued to think about buckles, etc. first i came up w/ a 5/16
steel rod (mabey 4" long)w/ a U in the middle. the bottom of the U is
where the hammock loop rested. the webbing (comming from the tree)
went around the two bars going of to the left & right of the top of
the U, back & forth, figure 8 style. it worked just fine (just over 2
ozs) but the webbing bunched up tightly as the figure 8 formed,
causing me to wonder if this would cause a weakness. i played around
w/ a variation that somewhat improved the bunching, but then came up
w/ a simpler verson. it`s just a strait length of 5/16 steel rod, 2"
long (less than 1 oz). the webbing comes off the tree & through the
hammock loop. the short bar is layed across the loop & webbing. then
the webbing goes around it`s self once then begins to form a figure
8. it aint going nowhere & it`s easy to unwrap to
- more thoughts & questions about the adjuster system i`m working
on. 1st, i managed to break the 1" walmart poly webbing once, &
would have a second time had i not seen it first. i think the reason
being is that the distance between the hammock loop & eye bolt on my
wall was only about 10-12" and the webbing was seriously bunched-up at
both attachment points & therefore bunched-up all the way between
also. it was attached to the eye bolt w/ a knot so i`ve replaced that
w/ a sewn 3" loop now. SIDE NOTE... i love to swing in the hammock,
so i`m sure this played it`s part. but now i`m looking to reduce
bunching somewhat at the attachment points. BACK TO THE HAMMOCK
LOOP... the quick setup & adjustment using the 2" bar is working well.
i`m thinking about using a larger tube insted of the 5/16" bar. the
larger bar should help to reduce bunching by providing a larger flat
surface for the webbing to lay on as it makes 1st contact. last night
i used one of the EASTON tubular tent stakes (9" long) just for
testing. i`m also thinking about trying copper pipe or electrical
conduit. at 2-3" i think they would be hard to collapse or bend by the
force of a flat webbing. ...slowhike...just thinking out loud
- --- In email@example.com, "tim garner" <slowhike@y...>
> i`m also thinking about trying copper pipe or electricalOr maybe a PVC fitting... You could sand down all the sharp edges if
you wanted to.
Bill in Houston
- another idea to check out.
like some of the others said, it may end up being just as easy to tie
the strap to the tree. but i`ve done some experimenting w/ this too.
one reason is that when you set-up in the rain it would be nice to do
the fine tuning under the tarp.
in the photos, under slowhike/ hammock adjustments you`ll see photos
of one idea.
i havent spent much time w/ this set-up yet, seting-up & taking
down, but i have slept w/ it several nights. it`s not going any where
after it`s set. ...tim