Repairing A Broken Hammock
A hammock provides relaxation on a warm summer day. It also allows a camper to travel light. Hammocks are sturdy and long lasting, with the right care and attention. However, even when you care for your hammock well, you might it needs repair on occasion.
Step 1 - Address Shrinking
When you store your hammock, hang it in a cool, dry place. Do not leave a hammock out in the rain or outside all year. If it seems to have shrunk (which can be the case especially with cotton hammocks), simply lengthen the rope or chain. Once you use the hammock a few times, it should stretch back out again. When it stretches, adjust the rope or chain accordingly.
Step 2 - Replace the Ropes
One of the biggest problems for cotton and polyester hammocks is mildew and mold, which can rot the ropes. Replace the end ropes to solve this problem. Polypropylene rope is durable and resists mold and mildew. Treating the hammock with a fabric protector each year will also help reduce the problem.
Step 3 - Repair the Chain Attachments
If your hammock hangs with chains instead of ropes, you can repaired these, too. Close spreading chain links with pliers. If a link has broken, open one of the chain links and attach them back together. Closing the open link with pliers. If you have lost a section, open the chain links at both ends of the break, insert a new piece and close with pliers. You do not need to replace the entire length of chain.
Step 4 - Repair Strings
Keep anything sharp away from the woven ropes of the hammock to prevent snags. A few minor frayed strings should not impact the strength of the hammock. However, tied any broken strings back together. If that’s not possible, tie the loose minor strings to the closest knot of weave. Fix loose strings immediately. If you don’t, they will continue to be at risk for snagging, which could easily lead to greater damage.
Step 5 - Darn or Patch the Holes
Tying and tidying up loose strings may leave a hole. Use a darning needle and waterproof thread to cross-hatch a small hole. For larger holes, you may knit a patch with large dowels and polypropylene rope. Affix the patch by tying into place and darning, if necessary.