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DIY Hammock Straps

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Hello all! If you are like me, you find enjoyment out of making your own items, otherwise you probably wouldn't be on this website!

After recently purchasing a couple of hammocks, I went back to look at purchasing some straps to assist with fastening to a tree. Was shocked that the strapping materials in a kit cost way more than the 2 hammocks I bought put together. So, I set in to make my own!

1st you need to find your local outdoors store that sells climbing ropes and strapping material. As you see in my materials list, I purchased some hollow strapping 1" width. It will be your judgement on the length you wish to purchase, but as I bought, 2ft is sufficient for each end, and enough to go around the back side of each tree to protect its bark and/or trunk from damage.

Materials:
Hollow strapping material (2ft per end = 4ft Total)
Paracord (however much you need) I am using approximately 11-12ft as explained further in instructions.
Lighter
Scissors
Carabiner x 2 (durable to withstand weight limit; NOT the cheap $ store kind)
* Hammock
* Lastly, two trees


Next step!
1. Cut your strapping as mentioned above, into approx. 2ft pieces. If you pinch strap together you can see how this material is hollow. Once separated, lightly singe with lighter to prevent further fraying.
2. Paracord: First double the cord in half to aid in strengthening. After doubling, cut to desired length. I used a piece about 11 to 12ft in length.
3. Once doubled, slide paracord thru strap until you can grab on other end of strap. This can be a little tricky to slide thru, but if you maintain pinching strap in half it will help.
4. Now that you have the strap slid thru, take the loose end and tie together in a quick knot.
5. Next step will be to go down end of cord and tie several knots, which will help when securing hammock to strap. Depending on the distance between your two trees, you can adjust tension by moving to the next knotted area as seen in photo with carbiner.

That seems to be about it. Will try to show photos of strap in use, but currently hammock is hanging around down in basement until further use!

Also made a carry bag to keep straps in for carrying in your backpack, which I can show in separate Instructable.
ralema69 (author) 1 year ago
Thank you for the advice. I wasn't thinking about doubling any breaking point due to our hammocks themselves are not rated for higher load. But hopefully all will read your subsequent post to understand strengthening the rope.
Good Instructable. I look forward to the pics. Just to let you know, you might want to double the amount of paracord you are using. The math works out as a rule of thumb to divide minimum breaking strength by 10 to obtain safe working load. Also knots will diminish the minimum breaking strength by around 15%-20%. So for a 200 pound man you would need 4 strands of 550 paracord. (550+550+550+(550 * .80))/10=2090/10=209lb safe working load. This is only to account for sudden load shock. Such as if a big boy jumped into the hammock, it can briefly overload the paracord and cause it to break. It took me a lot of digging on the net to find the math. It was on a firemans training manuel (PDF) for emergency rescue of people trapped on cliffs and what nots. I used this math on my 8 strand emergency rope I made out of paracord plus de-rated it by an extra 25% for my personal peace of mind. Keep up the good work. Way to make my friend!
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