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#117584 - 06/24/09 03:33 PM How do you do bug netting for a hammock?
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I'm in the process of trying out home made hammocks but haven't figured out how I want to do the bug netting. What has anyone else done?


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#117586 - 06/24/09 04:06 PM Re: How do you do bug netting for a hammock? [Re: thecook]
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On my first homemade hammock, I simply draped a cot mosquito net over a ridgeline. Easy and effective.
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#117588 - 06/24/09 05:08 PM Re: How do you do bug netting for a hammock? [Re: thecook]
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You can get noseeum from suppliers like Thru Hiker or Seattle Fabrics, and whip up one with pockets for weights along the edges, or you can pick up netting for hammocks from vendors like Warbonnet or ENO.
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#117592 - 06/24/09 06:15 PM Re: How do you do bug netting for a hammock? [Re: lori]
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Paul,

How did you seal the ends?
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#117611 - 06/24/09 11:42 PM Re: How do you do bug netting for a hammock? [Re: thecook]
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Omnitape! Similar to "velcro" but not as grabby.

You can fuse it on or fuse some hem tape to the netting and then sew the omnitape to the hem tape.

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#117612 - 06/25/09 12:02 AM Re: How do you do bug netting for a hammock? [Re: thecook]
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How did you seal the ends?


No need to seal the ends. There is enough over hang that it doesn't matter. You can also gather and tie the ends of the bug net around the ends of the hammock which makes a tighter fit but I never had to mess with it.

I've seen people try velcro but the netting gets stuck in the hooks and can rip. Just let it hang like a bug net over a cot.
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#117631 - 06/25/09 12:46 PM Re: How do you do bug netting for a hammock? [Re: Dryer]
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Yeah, I do it the same way the Dryer does it. Just tie a ridge line and drape it over it. Just make sure that it is pulled down good on all sides so that the more adventurous bugs won't or can't find their way in. I never figured out why they all wanted in my sleeping bag or hammock any way...sabre11004... goodjob
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#117730 - 06/28/09 08:22 AM Re: How do you do bug netting for a hammock? [Re: sabre11004]
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A third vote for the "draping it" method. Sew little pockets in the bottom of the bugnet so you can put little rocks or sticks in it when it's hanging over your ridgeline. that way the bugnet will stay down next to the sides of your hammock and not take off on you. Way nicer than fiddling with velcro attachements on the sides.
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#117731 - 06/28/09 10:45 AM Re: How do you do bug netting for a hammock? [Re: thecook]
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My bugnet is basically a full-length stuffsack for the hammock, with a draw cord at one end. I purchased 18 feet of black tulle from Walmart, folded it in half, sewed both sides together, and made a channel with string through it at the top.

It was pretty easy to make, and you're definitely 100% protected from bugs. The closed end is at the foot of the hammock, and the open end slides up and down the guyline towards the head of the hammock. Hop inside, and synch it closed.

It's a lot of fabric, but it was the only fiddle-free method I could come up with. Total weight: 3.1 oz

I like Phats method of using pockets and weights. I wonder how well it would work if you used some of those really small rare-earth magnets. For each connecting point, attach one to the hammock, and another (or something metal) to the netting.


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