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Rope Knots

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by b33p3r, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. b33p3r

    b33p3r Feeling the Heat

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    Have some trees around the house I need to drop and I won't chance them without a rope on them. Anyone have some knot tying learnings to give me so after the tree is dropped I can easily remove the knot from the rope? I used my truck years back to pull a tree down and the knot is so tight, til this day I can't remove it. Tried pliers, channel locks, screwdrivers etc etc. Don't want to ruin another rope. Tricks? Knots to use?

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  2. Tramontana

    Tramontana Burning Hunk

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    I'm not a professional arborist or faller, but a Timber hitch would work if you will have a constant tension once you load it. Relies on number of wraps and friction rather than an actual knot.

    Cheers and good luck.
  3. albert1029

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    Yes, a bowline knot...you could lift an elephant with it and still untie it and it doesn't slip...he doesn't mention in the video that it's easy to untie, but it's commonly used on boats and ships to lift heavy loads and untie with no problem...and as he shows you it's the best knot for life saving situations...check out the survival news online site - http://www.survivalnewsonline.com/
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    aussiedog3 Feeling the Heat

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    Boy Scouts say a good knot is easy to tye and easy to untye.
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  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I use a bowline sometimes,
    Mostly I use shackles & carabiners, so not many knots needed & easy on & off.
    Always have a few chain quick links too, hook 2 ropes together fast & will go thru a pulley.
    Made up a few ropes with looped ends.
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    albert1029 Feeling the Heat

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    Good idea Dave, check out the survival news online website I edited in after your reply, you may (or may not) be interested...
  7. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    A bowline is the standard, easy to tie knot that is easy to untie after it is pulled on. Fishermen use it all the time for things like towing a skiff behind a boat. There are other knots you could use but bowline is the easiest one to learn.
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  8. TradEddie

    TradEddie Minister of Fire

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    If you use a double loop on the bowline, its even easier to untie. I've hauled logs using this and never had a problem.

    TE
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    Duct tape . . .;)
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    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    I like that site! I'm not as paranoid as some of those Preppers on the TV series but there is a lot of good "just in case" info on that site....thanx for sharing!
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    just for the sake of trivia...the bowline has been in use for some 5000 years. The Egyptians and the Phoenecians were known to use the knot regularly, especially on boats. I often use a knot I know as a "hammock knot" instead of the bowline....its a type of double slippery hitch. I do not know if it has another name. Knots, mostly decorative knots, are one of my hobbies...Turk's Heads, Globe Knots and most recently I'm teaching myself to tie something called a Macnamara Lace from old torn sailcloth. Good times.
  12. mesuno

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    I also like making good knots... I have a little shelf at home of "knot books"
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  13. Ehouse

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    I like to use 3 half hitches because I can tie it with one hand while on a ladder while pulling the lead taught.

    Ehouse
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    bowline and clove hitch for most
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    Any knot will be easier to untie if a few turns are taken around whatever one is tying to first. Three turns is awesome and will generally take all the strain, but even one or two will help greatly.
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    +1
    I use 1/2 hitches on open rope ends, and shackles on closed ends.
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    On the end of the tree, I actually use no knot... my attempt to describe:

    Generally I will use throwline up to high limb, pull back down with the rope (disconnect throwline). Loop the rope around the tree once fully. With enough excess rope past the loop, fold that around, around and around the loop on the tree and then snug up the slack with a tug. When the rope is tensioned on the other end, this end will resist to unravel and hold plenty good enough to pull. With the resistance of the bark of the tree and the rope itself, it works surprisingly well.

    OK, that is a horrible explanation in text. Also, I need to learn knots myself, so bowline it is.
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    Mostly i use a line with eyes wove in and a clevis . When i dont have my line with eyes I use an adage I learned from and old river boat caption alot.... "three round turns - two half hitches, back to the boat u son of a b....."



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    This thread makes me want to go dig out my boy scout Pioneering merit badge book. I used to love doing all sorts of knots, lashings and rope splices....

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