550 Paracord to hang hammock - Survivalist Forum
Survivalist Forum

Advertise Here

Go Back   Survivalist Forum > >
Articles Classifieds Donations Gallery Groups Links Store Survival Files


Notices

Advertise Here
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Paracord Spool Tool- The best way to store and manage paracord! 5col For Sale 11 06-09-2016 04:44 PM
What do I need to hang this hammock? Joseph51494 Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 15 01-12-2015 09:41 PM
30 wcf reloads. hang ups. bigskypreper Rifle Forum 10 01-12-2015 02:26 PM
Paracord for a non-structural hammock ridgeline? Bhuij DIY - Do It Yourself 12 08-05-2014 06:34 AM
An Autum hang. fish Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 3 10-08-2012 04:37 AM
Paracord Hammock / Net mercop DIY - Do It Yourself 5 01-27-2011 05:14 PM
Are Preppers Easy Targets? Hang Together or Hang Separaetly... pilgrim78 Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 15 07-13-2008 08:30 PM

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-16-2012, 12:23 PM
d7e7r7 d7e7r7 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 60
Thanks: 0
Thanked 32 Times in 18 Posts
Default 550 Paracord to hang hammock



Advertise Here

Hi guys,

Am going camping on Thursday and wanted to ask here before I go out and buy some paracord if anyone has had any experience in hanging hammocks with 550 paracord?
Does it work? Recommended? Any other cheap alternatives and places to buy?

Thanks
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to d7e7r7 For This Useful Post:
Old 01-16-2012, 12:27 PM
Al Diehl's Avatar
Al Diehl Al Diehl is offline
Retired Army
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Leesville/Ft Polk La.
Age: 60
Posts: 5,370
Thanks: 9,452
Thanked 8,929 Times in 3,489 Posts
Default

Small ratchet straps. Not the thin cheap ones.
The straps do less damage to trees.

Al
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to Al Diehl For This Useful Post:
Old 01-16-2012, 01:46 PM
Cruzer1800's Avatar
Cruzer1800 Cruzer1800 is offline
Target Shooter
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Earth for now
Posts: 401
Thanks: 562
Thanked 578 Times in 206 Posts
Default

I use the 550 with my hammock with no problems. I double loop it around the tree so it doesn't slide down, and then put BOTH ends through the hammock loops. Works just fine as long as your trees are close together. It begins to stretch a bit if you widen out more. I am 200+ and have had no troubles. Happy swinging!
=)
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-16-2012, 01:56 PM
d7e7r7 d7e7r7 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 60
Thanks: 0
Thanked 32 Times in 18 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cruzer1800 View Post
I use the 550 with my hammock with no problems. I double loop it around the tree so it doesn't slide down, and then put BOTH ends through the hammock loops. Works just fine as long as your trees are close together. It begins to stretch a bit if you widen out more. I am 200+ and have had no troubles. Happy swinging!
=)
Thanks for sharing your experience.... By double loop do you mean you use this method?
?
Quick reply to this message
Old 01-16-2012, 01:57 PM
ChapNelson ChapNelson is offline
Survivor
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,832
Thanks: 4,157
Thanked 5,487 Times in 1,742 Posts
Default

PM Just Jeff, or go visit Hammock Forums. I think you'll find that Paracord is not preferred, but the static webbing is.
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to ChapNelson For This Useful Post:
Old 01-16-2012, 02:26 PM
1stcavmp77's Avatar
1stcavmp77 1stcavmp77 is offline
Hunter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Beautiful Bedford county Virginia.
Posts: 1,636
Thanks: 3,084
Thanked 1,773 Times in 755 Posts
Default

I would NOT use 550 cord. I tried that a couple times and on the third or fourth time using the same piece of cord it snapped with me in my hammock and dropped me about 3 feet on the ground. This was when I was first starting out with my hammock and didn't have much experience and had hung my hammock a little too high.
My best experience is with good wide webbing that can be bought by the foot and use 2 good stout welded rings such as descender rings or the brass rings that can be bought at Tractor Supply Co. That's what I use and it's the quickest and easiest way to adjust the hang of your hammock. My suspension lines are 25 feet long each and roll up into a bundle about 5 inches across. If you use the rings you will need 2 for each end.
I also recommend Hammock forums and this series on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...ature=view_all
Quick reply to this message
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to 1stcavmp77 For This Useful Post:
Old 01-16-2012, 02:39 PM
wolfsaber's Avatar
wolfsaber wolfsaber is offline
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 25
Thanks: 5
Thanked 20 Times in 9 Posts
Default

As already said, paracord is not the best idea. Ratchet straps do work good and are available at hardware and automotive stores. Another thing, if you have a boating supply store around, is amsteel blue in 7/64th or 1/8th. The holding power of the Amsteel is much stronger than most other options.
Quick reply to this message
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to wolfsaber For This Useful Post:
Old 01-16-2012, 06:39 PM
Reeper Reeper is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 79
Thanks: 1
Thanked 67 Times in 23 Posts
Default

I hang quite a bit and also a member of the hammock forum. I personally would not use 550 for suspension. The $6 slap straps would work better if you have biners on the end. But they stretch bad. What Wolfsaber said is a much better solution.
Quick reply to this message
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Reeper For This Useful Post:
Old 01-16-2012, 06:43 PM
OLDWarrior64 OLDWarrior64 is offline
Time to hit reset
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: IN
Posts: 25,656
Thanks: 33,062
Thanked 32,080 Times in 13,399 Posts
Awards Showcase
Top Poster 
Total Awards: 1
Default

I sell miles of paracord and I agree......get some good webbing or straps for your hammock.
Quick reply to this message
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to OLDWarrior64 For This Useful Post:
Old 01-16-2012, 07:14 PM
fire65's Avatar
fire65 fire65 is offline
This site sucks
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: nun ya
Posts: 1,980
Thanks: 617
Thanked 2,446 Times in 1,128 Posts
Default

Seen it done and ask him if that was strong enough. He said my dad says it is ok. I would never do it, there are so many better things. But I am a rope guy.
Angles mean a lot in rope strength.

Last edited by fire65; 06-09-2012 at 04:24 PM..
Quick reply to this message
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to fire65 For This Useful Post:
Old 01-16-2012, 07:34 PM
Just Jeff's Avatar
Just Jeff Just Jeff is online now
Stop YOLOing
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 2,607
Thanks: 9,722
Thanked 7,107 Times in 1,975 Posts
Default

I've broken 550 twice on my hammocks...don't use it anymore for that reason. I cut it off the parachute myself so it was the real thing.

Besides, paracord is high memory stretch, meaning that it'll stretch overnight and you'll wake up closer to the ground (or on it), then it'll pop back to it's original position when you unload it so you can do it all over again the next night. Low memory stretch cord or webbing like Amsteel or polyester webbing is much better than nylon...it will stretch just a little and then stay there.

Might partly depend on the angle you hang your hammock, too. The force on the hammock support can easily exceed 550 lbs for a 200 pound man. That's why most hammockers use a minimum of 700 lbs safe working load on their kits. Most current manufacturers of camping hammocks use more than 1000lbs SWL.
Quick reply to this message
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Just Jeff For This Useful Post:
Old 01-16-2012, 08:33 PM
Adrenolin Adrenolin is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 47
Thanks: 25
Thanked 28 Times in 14 Posts
Default

I'm looking to start in the world of Hammocks this year and some great info in this thread! Thanks.
Quick reply to this message
Old 01-16-2012, 10:30 PM
Telos Telos is offline
I love this forum
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Blue Ridges, Virginia
Posts: 391
Thanks: 7
Thanked 347 Times in 163 Posts
Post

I wouldn't touch paracord for this job due to the vector loads being generated by your body weight. Webbing straps do work, however my preferance is for 10mm Bluewater static line, two locking carabiners, and a set of rope thimbles for shear reduction. This provides a bombproof set up that is also fully adjustable...you'll need to learn this knot that I call the "Man O War" hitch....

... begin with figuring 8 the line around the tree



...with the standing ends, tie two opposing blood knots...



.... adjust it to the desired height, and snug it up...



....add the thimble, and lock it in with a Figure 8, then clip in with carabiners



btw, don't forget to wrap the tree with a bit of canvas to protect the bark..
Quick reply to this message
Old 01-16-2012, 10:38 PM
1stcavmp77's Avatar
1stcavmp77 1stcavmp77 is offline
Hunter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Beautiful Bedford county Virginia.
Posts: 1,636
Thanks: 3,084
Thanked 1,773 Times in 755 Posts
Default

My favorite part about my set up.....no knots You just need to sew a loop in one end of each strap and go around the tree with that.
Quick reply to this message
Old 01-17-2012, 09:35 AM
d7e7r7 d7e7r7 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 60
Thanks: 0
Thanked 32 Times in 18 Posts
Default

Thanks for all the replies everyone. I emailed a company where I stay, Southern Ropes, and they recommended a polypropelene braid of 10mm which comes to R6.00 per meter excl vat. so that's probably what I will be getting.

Sound good?

@Telos, thanks for the pics but I find it much easier to set up the hammock without knots, like 1stcavmp77 does.
Like in the video I posted a few posts up in this thread...
Quick reply to this message
Old 01-17-2012, 12:24 PM
Enscheff Enscheff is offline
Hunter
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 1,907
Thanks: 53
Thanked 2,603 Times in 995 Posts
Default

I use a loop of paracord and a carabiner on each end of my backpacking hammock. Held me and a sexy little Asian girl just fine.
Quick reply to this message
Old 01-17-2012, 12:44 PM
spiffy's Avatar
spiffy spiffy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: SE Virginia
Posts: 178
Thanks: 97
Thanked 199 Times in 108 Posts
Default

FWIW:
When I hang, I use tree straps w/ Amsteel blue "Whoopieslings"
Minimal tree damage, strong, low/no stretch, quick & easy with no knots.
Works great for me.
Just my $0.02.
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to spiffy For This Useful Post:
Old 06-05-2015, 07:36 PM
mymom51 mymom51 is offline
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

This video is listed as private, any other suggestions?
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-05-2015, 09:38 PM
Mrknot Mrknot is offline
Prepared
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 271
Thanks: 278
Thanked 245 Times in 153 Posts
Default

Please do not use rope of any kind to wrap around the tree for your hammock suspension. Although the damage may not be readily visible, it will harm the inner cambium layer of the tree, worst case scenario, killing said tree...
A 1"+ polyester/polypropylene/Kevlar strap is recommended. I personally use 1.5" polyester straps, with loops sewn into one end, to hang my hammock. A local outdoor store sells the webbing for $.25/ft, so I was able to make two, 12' straps, (we have some big trees here), for ~$6...
I then simply thread the free end of the strap through the loop, tighten it against the tree, and use a marlin spike hitch, (simplest knot ever), to attach the straps to the carabiners at each end of my hammock.
Altogether this setup takes about a minute to deploy, has no stretch, and does not harm the trees at all.
I love paracord, it's a practically indispensable part of my kit, but it has no place in my hammock suspension. Tarp guy lines maybe, (a bit overkill for that though IMO), but not for hanging...
Quick reply to this message
Old 06-05-2015, 09:59 PM
ninjasurvivor's Avatar
ninjasurvivor ninjasurvivor is offline
Survivor
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Cali
Posts: 5,316
Thanks: 3
Thanked 5,453 Times in 2,662 Posts
Default

You can also use 750 or 850 paracord, and use small sticks to place between the tree and the cord to keep the rope from strangling and cutting the tree.
Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks



Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Survivalist Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Gender
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © Kevin Felts 2006 - 2015,
Green theme by http://www.themesbydesign.net