Structural Ridgeline

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Re: Structural Ridgeline

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Post by gmcpcs » Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:21 am

Yeah, I was going to recommend Papa Smurf's video:-) I tend to reach up and strum my ridgeline and see what sort of bass fiddle noises I can make out of it.

I have an adjustable ridgeline in my main camping hammock out of zing it. I need to make it permanent though, because it can slip a bit if I'm fiddling with it while in the hammock. Not a pleasant feeling. As far as using the amsteel; that is a good idea, my thoughts are it could possibly keep something that falls on you hopefully from hitting you...

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Re: Structural Ridgeline

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Post by ched03 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:27 am

I am very new to all things hammock related and am interested in putting a fixed ridgeline on my hammock. For now I am trying to make one from materials that are inexpensive and easy to get my hands on. Paracord and nylon rope stretches too much right? I know about amsteel and materials like that which I will most definitely switch to in the future. I am just experimenting for now and kinda want to make it easy.

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Re: Structural Ridgeline

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Post by sarge » Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:08 pm

ched03 wrote:I am very new to all things hammock related and am interested in putting a fixed ridgeline on my hammock. For now I am trying to make one from materials that are inexpensive and easy to get my hands on. Paracord and nylon rope stretches too much right? I know about amsteel and materials like that which I will most definitely switch to in the future. I am just experimenting for now and kinda want to make it easy.
Correct.

Most folks use Zing-It of Lash-It for SRL's. Amsteel will certainly work, but the stresses on a ridgeline don't require the kind of ooomph thatAmsteel has.
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Re: Structural Ridgeline

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Post by Scuba » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:26 pm

If I recall correctly, the reason Randy at DreamHammock has switched from LashIt to 7/64 Amsteel was stretch. He was having stretch issues with some of the LashIt he was using in his ridgelines (significant stretch) and has thus switched to Amsteel.
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Re: Structural Ridgeline

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Post by PapaSmurf » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:12 pm

Scuba wrote:He was having stretch issues with some of the LashIt he was using in his ridgelines (significant stretch) and has thus switched to Amsteel.
That's correct. Not elastic stretch exactly, but rather creep or a permanent elongation of the rope due to a tightening and settling of the rope strands. Towards the end of the year 2015 we noticed that our regular 2.2mm Lash-it was woven looser than normal. We began seeing ridgelines that would grow 2-4" after a few uses or when hung especially tight.

We submitted 2.2mm Lash-it samples back to Samson in an effort to get it resolved, but they basically came back and said the cord was performing within their specs. According to the lady at Samson, the Lash-it product is no longer manufactured by them, but rather purchased elsewhere.
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Re: Structural Ridgeline

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Post by Mophead » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:29 pm

New England ropes, I believe, are the ones who are producing it now. Creep is a known issue of spectra/dyneema. For applications where creep is a problem you might be able to substitute vectran.

There is also something newer called endura, but I don't know much about it.

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