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  • There are 2 threads on Hammock Forums: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=9523 & http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=11146 All are welcome.
    paulkaercher Oct 16, 2009
  • Thanks for the invite, I'll try and make it. Paul
    Paul Kaercher Jun 20, 2007
  • I had the same problem with my 8mm silk hammock. I have since wrapped some scrap silk around the area where the rope/ webbing attaches. This spreads the force from the rope/webbing over a greater area, and I have not had second failure. (so far) I weigh 176 and have since made a hammock from 10mm silk. The padding technique was used on this hammock as well and so far have about 15...
    Paul Kaercher May 22, 2007
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  • Last year I tested a 4" thick home made quilt, 3 3/8" foam pads, cuban tarp, and a silk hammock in the backyard . At 17 degrees and no wind I was cool but OK. I realized that any appreciable wind would make staying comfortable wishful thinking. I considered making a travel pod but I use a ridge line and wanted enough room inside to read. So this year I slapped together a hammock...
    Paul Kaercher Mar 8, 2007
  • I made a 9' long (fabric length) hammock out of 8 mm silk, whipped ends, tie out lines of 5/32 Yale Cordage-Pluse Line, and a ridge line of 1/16" Pulse Line. I weigh about 175 lb. and have spent between 20 & 25 nights with no durability problems. I recently made a 10' long silk hammock using tie out lines 1/8" Pulse Line. I tested it in the back yard for 2 nights. The 3ed night...
    Paul Kaercher Feb 6, 2007
  • I've made 2 silk hammocks and used Tex 40 polyester thread from Thru-Hiker. In fact I've used that thread for everything I've made and it works fine. Paul
    Paul Kaercher Jan 11, 2007
  • > Anyone know anything about this cloth? (Cuben Fibers) Think of a very loosely woven cloth (using high strength, low stretch fibers), sandwich it between 2 thin layers of clear plastic film and you get an idea of what Cuben sail cloth is like. Cuben Fiber Corp. makes many kinds and weights of sail cloth, from about 0.3oz/ sq. yd to many oz/sq. yd. Cuben (the Company) has created a...
    Paul Kaercher Oct 23, 2006
  • Kinnickinic!!!, now there is a word I haven't heard in over 20 years. I had an entomology instructor in grad. school who smoked it in a pipe. He'd bring it back from his fishing trips out West. Anyhow, welcome to the group, and thanks for bringing back some old memories. Paul
    Paul Kaercher Feb 20, 2006
  • This board IS for the furtherment of a dialectic. (among other things) However it is possible to disagree without being cruel. iobstce's attacks on members of this board reminds me of a bumper sticker I used to see "Mean People Suck" Life is too short to put up with mean, counterproductive people if you don't have to. If someone can't behave on this board, I support tossing them...
    Paul Kaercher Jan 24, 2006
  • Jeff - You mentioned that regarding your tarp "one of the two ridgeline cords broke, and 3 of 4 corner cords were broken." ... "One of the plastic D-ring connectors had a dent from the cord holding so tight". What kind of cord were you using? I had a plastic D-ring break during backyard testing of my homemade tarp. I have since tied the tag end of the cord through the webbing loop...
    Paul Kaercher Dec 20, 2005