Nothing is more relaxing that lying in a hammock on a beautiful day. However, hammocks occasionally need repairs. Follow these guidelines to repair your hammock so you can climb back into the cradle of relaxation in no time.
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Stretch your hammock if it seems to have shrunk. Cotton hammocks often shrink when stored for any time. Just use extra chain or rope at first. After the first few uses, you should find your hammock growing another foot or two. Adjust the rope or chain as needed.
Check a rope hammock regularly for loose ropes. Usually you can re-tie ropes without much trouble, although you may need assistance to pull them tight. The greatest threat to cotton or polyester blend hammocks is mold and mildew that leads to rot. Pre-treat your hammock with a fabric protector to keep humidity damage down.
Keep sharp or snagging objects (buttons, zippers, jewelry) away from string hammocks or you'll find strings coming loose. If the string isn't too badly damaged, you might try darning it. Use a long needle with similar string to weave string across the hole.
Get crafty and put those knitting skills to work. With large dowels, knit repairs with clothesline cord.
Fix stands with care. Often, the hammock itself is fine, but the chain or stand needs repairing. Close up spreading chain links with pliers. If a link breaks, attach the two separate chains together by opening a link to connect with the other piece of chain. Push the chain link closed with pliers. Metal stands occasionally bend under too much weight or roughhousing. If the bend is minor, carefully bend it back in place with a wrench or pliers. If it breaks, replace the metal bar. Wooden staves are subject to breakage in the same way, plus the weather can weaken untreated wood. You must replace broken wooden slats.
Purchase a hammock care and storage kit to help with cleaning and storing your hammock. Outdoor elements can cause damage or wear away your hammock.
Tips and warnings
- Remember that hammocks are for relaxing, not for acrobatics. Rough handling can result in big or even impossible repairs.