bedsheet hammock FAIL!

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  1. redneck17

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    thought I'd post this up for a good laugh. tried to use a twin size sheet but instead of doubling it over, I tried to use it single layer. you can see the results in the pic. Pretty good reminder to listen to your elders who know better than you. :4:
     

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    My first one did the same thing lol but i drop 3 feet to the ground lol
     
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    If you continue to use 550 cord you will experience a second fail. :) There is a reason most people that use a hammock on a regular basis use a cord with close to 1700lbs breaking strength or more.
     
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    LOL!

    I did the same once except I fell straight through and I had an audience applauding me!

    Follow the grey one next time...he knows...;)

    http://www.bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1872&highlight=grey+hammock
     
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    I use a bed sheet hammock, Folded and sewn up the side. Use corded 550 on the ends, through tubes sewn on the ends. Have had no problems with this setup at all.
     
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    Good sheet, doubled, and then laid up in pleats, not just gathered in a big bunch.
    Tie off ends however you feel best- my iron rings bound on with paracord seem durable and pretty easily adapted to different tie ropes.

    I think the use of an insert pad helps with durability as well, but I know it adds to comfort and warmth. Downside is the added bulk.
     
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    Ahh, I never like to see that lol. At least it didn't rip in the middle of the night while you were asleep.
    I like Daywalker's hammock, I usually just tie a hammock knot.
     
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    Redneck, that was a good first try at a hammock. But you might want to stop by the hammockforums.net and check out the DIY section. There is a metric tonne of information to mine out of there.

    Remember, never hang higher then you are willing to fall and try never to hang over concrete. Bouncing can hurt more than your pride.

    Our backyard is all patio. The previous owners wanted low maintenance and got it in spades. Three weeks ago Friday I was trying a new setup for my backyard hang. I was uncertain about the setup so I sat in it first to check it out. It held, so thought that I was good to go, but before I could pick up my feet to swing into the hammock I was dropped on my butt from about 2 feet. I found out that unless you manage to mangle things entirely and they have to do surgery to remove the shards, the only thing they do for a broke coccyx is pain management, oh and offer you a doughnut to sit on. Healing takes about 2 months. You will feel it with pretty much everything you do.

    Still, its better than a concussion.
     
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    Another thing that can be used is to buy a canvas drop cloth at the paint store, wash in hot water and tumble dry hot to do the initial shrinking and close up the fabric. Then sew (doubled over) with good nylon upholstery thread and use paracord or whatever down both sides in the channels.
     

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