Basic structural engineering: Let's say you have a structural beam in your house supported by 2 columns. If you place 400 pounds of weight centered on the beam, each column will receive 200 pounds of load. The house/beam and the hammock examples are NOT chain structural situations where the "weakest link" prevails. You wouldn't engineer EACH column in the house/beam example to support all 400 pounds of load, because that's not how the physics works, and you'd be over-engineering/over-sizing. You COULD over-engineer them (there's no harm), but you'd be just wasting material weight (and cost). In this example, the straps and the columns are synonymous.
Date published: 2017-12-25