I am in the process of building it. Have everything locked and loaded as far as the pole and posts go. So now I'm down to the mattress, which I DO have, but am indecisive on how to best attach it. Any suggestions? Rope? Straps? If so, which kind of either and HOW did you tie them off? I've heard of hurricane straps being used, but am embarrassed to say, this Floridian has NO idea WHAT they are, look like, or HOW one would use them or attach them. Please...any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. I'm so frustrated here...its THE last bit and then I'm DONE.
Thanks SO much. :o)
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 - 10:18 pm:
We have generally found that flat nylon straps - such as the type that truckers use to tie down loads on flatdecks - work well. They are about 2 inches wide and very strong. You can either just tie them at the bottom, or can even nail them into position underneath once pulled tight. You will probably find three or four sufficient to secure it.
Note that being nylon, these straps will become hot with friction, so try and avoid having them at the point where the stallion is going to be gripping (and rubbing) with his front legs.
In other cases, we have used a soft cotton rope or even the really thick bale string, covered with duct tape (where would the world be without duct tape?).
Of greater concern is ensuring the tail end of the phantom is properly padded and this can be achieved by securing the padding with nails nailed tight before postioning the side (mattress) padding over the top of the spikes.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Friday, July 19, 2002 - 02:35 pm:
Hi. We built our phantom but used foam from an upholstery place instead of a mattress. He hot glued two pieces together to give us the length we needed. We found the foam easier to shape and round over the ends than a mattress.
I tied ours with binder twine then covered the whole thing with an old sheet to hold the shape. As I stappled the sheet in place I took the twine out from under. When I had the shape I wanted with the sheet I covered it again with heavy duty vinyl.
Worked like a charm for us and we were able to cut the one side out on the end for easier collection.
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