I snagged this Yukon Outfitters Mosquito Hammock from Woot.com at a great price. Woot sells items for a limited time or until inventory is exhausted (which ever comes first). This deal was only limited for 1 day. It was too good to pass up.
From the very beginning, I was going to replace the suspension system of the original hammock. I wanted to use the Dyneema rope I had on hand. I figured I would tie a stopper knot of some kind (or a bend knot at the ends) to make a loop. I did some research on Dyneema rope and found that knots tend to slip on Dyneema because the rope is slippery. Further research, suggested splicing an eye/loop instead of tying a knot. There are great references on how to do exactly that. I was able to splice my own with the tools I had on hand.
I also opted to use two SMC Descending Rings for the suspension system. To connect the hammock suspension to the trees, I ordered some straps from strapworks.com. The straps will be connected to the SMC rings via garda hitch (you’ll need a pair of rings to deploy the garda hitch).
I posted a video of the unboxing and the suspension modification. As stated above, I’m swapping the existing rope and carabiner suspension with a continuous loop of AmSteel Blue (Dyneema) rope and a pair of SMC Descending Rings.
Knots used: lark’s head (cow hitch), prusik hitch, surgeon’s knot, figure-8
Coiling (or wrapping) earbuds seems to be a no-brainer. I used to wrap the earbud wires around my fingers in a circular coil. At the end of the wrap, I’d give a little slack and wrap that around the circular coil to keep the coil from unraveling.
There are two problems to this technique.
- There is a chance of becoming knotted when unwound
- this can easily happen when one of the working ends gets fed into one of the circular coils
- The cinching of the circular coil can cause issues with the wires of the earbuds
- the tight loops can cause the earbud wire to unwind like a pig’s tail (little curls where the tight loops were located)
- damage to the internal wire causing one or both buds to stop working
- the wires connected to the jack can become loose; again resulting in one or both buds failing
To tackle the first problem requires finding the right coiling method. Google search results showed the figure-8 coil to be effective and efficient. I’ve used this method for months. But I still secured the coiled earbuds with multiple tight loops and some half-hitches thrown in.
When wrapping the rubber band on itself for a single pass is called a lark’s head (cow hitch). Wrapping it an additional time is a prusik hitch (prusik knot).
I had to find another solution to locking/securing the fig-8 coil:
* This second video shows an updated way of applying the rubber band to the fig-8 coil:
Here’s a demo of how to tie a lasso knot. The lasso/lariat uses the honda knot to create the loop in which the standing end is fed through.