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You have a hammock, a couple of shady trees, cold glass of lemonade, what else.   Oh yeah something to hang your hammock with.   That's where awesome paracord comes in.   These paracord slapstraps are very practical, lightweight, small, and less expensive than the Eno Slapstraps. Ok lets get started.
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Step 1: Supplies

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1. Two lengths of Paracord (I’d suggest anything in between 18’ – 22’ )
2. Scissors
3. Lighter
4. Measuring tape
5. Hammock ( kinda needed)

Step 2: Making the Slapstraps

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Ok time to start making the slapstraps.

1st Step:   Cut the desired length of paracord and burn ends.   It will seem long but it will shrink when you tie the knots.

2nd Step:   Take one of the ends of the paracord and tie an overhand loop.   This loop should be about 5” long.

3rd Step:   Move a foot or so down the paracord and tie and overhand loop. This loop should be 2” to 1” long.

4th Step:   Repeat step three until the end of the paracord.

5th Step:   Repeat on other length of paracord.

Step 3: Setting up your hammock

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First take one of the two lengths of paracord and wrap it around a tree (or whatever you have).   Then take the end without the loop and pass it the end with the loop.   Next do the other tree.   Then take the hammock and hook it on to one of the series of loops on the paracord.   Then do the other side.   Finally lie down in your hammock and relax under the clear blue sky.

(Notes: Paracord will wear over time due to friction.)
rroberts411 months ago

Ive done this as an emergency repair at camp. If you shrink your paracord first, it doesnt stretch as much. Is good tip. :)

dchall81 year ago
Paracord has the inherent issue in that it is made of stretchy nylon. I made the mistake of using nylon on my sailboat one season. I started out with 50 feet being the exact amount I needed for a tight trampoline. When I did the first installation, I had 25 feet left over. The tramp loosened every weekend and I re tightened it. By the end of the season I had pulled a full 100 feet out of the original 50 foot piece. From then on I used Dacron or polyester (not polypropylene) and never had that stretch.
Pizzaman01 (author)  dchall81 year ago
Ya it will stretch but I'll just replace it if it gets to bad.
Nicely Done!