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    Rope tensioner

    Saw these in a catalog I got from Lee Valley recently and thought they were a cool idea and might be something good to have.

    http://www.leevalley.com/images/item.../99k6955s1.jpg
    http://www.leevalley.com/images/item...d/99k6955i.jpg

    I'm pretty religious about tieing down my load when I go to the wood store or carry anything that has a chance of falling out of the bed of the truck. Generally I will make a sheepshank knot like this . . .

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...shank_knot.jpg

    in the rope, run the loose end through a hold down on the truck and back up to the knot, through it and use it as a block and tackle to get the whole setup tighter before tieing off the end. Done right, it is a quick operation to unharness the load at the other end of the trip and you just shake the sheepshank out of the rope, and stow the rope.

    That figure 9 rope tensioner would take the place of the sheepshank and be much quicker.

    Had to order some specialty hardware from LV today, so went ahead and added two of em to my order.

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    RE: Rope tensioner

    After you posted this, I have spent no less than 1/2 hour trying to tie a sheep shank out of my USB printer cable. I finally got it.

    Anyone know of another good knot to use to add tension to a rope?

    Nice little piece of hardware for rope. I've been using ratchet tie downs for a few years now and finally upgraded to some decent ones this past year (15,000 lbs). They are a little heavy to be used in the bed of a truck, but are great for the trailer. I still use the little ones (tie downs) for the bed.

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    RE: Rope tensioner

    They no longer teach the sheepshank to the Boy Scouts (officially) . . . safety was cited, since it can slip (especially with poly ropes) . . . most especially, it should not be used for rescue lines. It is good as a makeshift restraint ;) :o

    That out of the way, A taught line hitch is the way to go! much easier to tie than the sheepshank (has a whole different purpose of course) but is great for tying down a load . . . if tied right, it slides only when you want it to, and holds steady when it's supposed to . . . . like the sheepshank, it won't hold well on poly rope.

    Though shown here with two lines . . . it can be wrapped around a cleat/through a tie-down, and tied back to itself . . . it's an old standard for tent/canopy outrigger lines.
    http://www.animatedknots.com/rollinghitchscouting/

    Another more ambitious (and thus more secure) knot for tying down a load is the truckers hitch:
    http://www.animatedknots.com/truckersscouting/


    and the sheepshank . . .with warnings ;)
    http://www.animatedknots.com/sheepshank/

    I'm having to learn ALL these . . .so I can TEACH them to the scouts . . . yikes . . .

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    RE: Rope tensioner

    The only knots I know how to tie is the one I use to tie my boat to the dock, and the one that I used in Ski Patrol to tie people to the rescue sleds...

    I really need to learn more knots!!

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    RE: Rope tensioner

    Bummer about the sheepshank. I do have to keep it under tension or it falls out with nylon rope. Like that trucker's knot. Cool page, BTW.

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    RE: Rope tensioner

    How about a trucker's hitch? It makes a block and tackle type of arrangement and is crazy easy to tie.
    http://www.animatedknots.com/trucker...matedknots.com


    Edit: Hah! Same site Mark was referencing. I've been using for my sailing knots for a while.

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    RE: Rope tensioner

    There's a NAME for it!!! Trucker's hitch, huh? I've been using that one since I was a teenager. I like that one 'cause you can use it to cinch down your load until the rope breaks, it won't slip, and it's easy to untie. Can't count how many people I've passed it on to... nor how many ugly loads I've secured with it.

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    RE: Rope tensioner

    >They no longer teach the sheepshank to the Boy Scouts
    >(officially) . . . safety was cited, since it can slip
    >(especially with poly ropes) . . . most especially, it
    >should not be used for rescue lines. It is good as a
    >makeshift restraint ;) :o
    >
    >That out of the way, A taught line hitch is the way to go!
    >much easier to tie than the sheepshank (has a whole
    >different purpose of course) but is great for tying down a
    >load . . . if tied right, it slides only when you want it
    >to, and holds steady when it's supposed to . . . . like the
    >sheepshank, it won't hold well on poly rope.
    >
    >Though shown here with two lines . . . it can be wrapped
    >around a cleat/through a tie-down, and tied back to itself .
    >. . it's an old standard for tent/canopy outrigger lines.
    >http://www.animatedknots.com/rollinghitchscouting/
    >
    >Another more ambitious (and thus more secure) knot for tying
    >down a load is the truckers hitch:
    >http://www.animatedknots.com/truckersscouting/
    >
    >
    >and the sheepshank . . .with warnings ;)
    >http://www.animatedknots.com/sheepshank/
    >
    >I'm having to learn ALL these . . .so I can TEACH them to
    >the scouts . . . yikes . . .

    Beat me to them. Spent 13 years in scouts with my son from Tigers all the way through his Eagle and 1 year of ASM after his 18th birthday. One of his remarks when he was in Coast Guard Basic was he used some of the knots he learned in scouts he thought he'd never need.
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    RE: Rope tensioner

    I like the web site. I've learned & forgot so many knots, it's a handy place to refresh my failing memory.

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    RE: Rope tensioner

    The [link:www.animatedknots.com/alpinebutterfly/index.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.anima tedknots.com|Alpine Butterfly], the [link:www.animatedknots.com/bowlinebight/index.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.anima tedknots.com|Bowline on a Bight] and the [link:www.animatedknots.com/fig8boating/index.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.anima tedknots.com|Figure 8.]

    Alpine Butterfly looks fairly easy and the Bowline on a Bight was one I thought I had imagined from back in my Boy Scout days, since I hadn't seen or heard of it since.

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