How to Mouse a Hook I am not sure if it is still relevant today, but back in the day, mousing a hook increased the strength of the hook. In this day and age, a load should not be lifted … Continue reading →
Dangers of the Remote Release Lift Hitch OK, here we go, I just want you to be aware of the dangers of using the Remote Release Lift Hitch. If you are going to use this one to say, lower a … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Reever Knot or Reever Bend Another knot that to me is named a little incorrectly. The Reever Knot is really a Bend and I think in that case should be known as the Reever Bend. I … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Surgeon’s Knot The Surgeon’s Knot is also known as the Ligature Knot and it is a knot that I find myself using more and more. If you can tie a Reef Knot, then you will find … Continue reading →
OK, before we get into what to do to fix a damaged rope, lets just say this: DO NOT USE a damaged rope for critical load! However, having just said that, you may be in an emergency situation where you need to use a damaged rope.
How Strong is a Damaged Rope?
Now the problem is, that if you have a frayed or damaged rope, you do knot know how much the damaged has reduced the strength of the rope. So what you need to do is to bypass the damaged section of rope with a knot that is not only strong, but also less prone to shake loose. It is often said that the Sheepshank can be used to bypass a damaged section of rope, but the problem with the Sheepshank is that it can easily shake loose when not loaded.
Best Knot for Bypassing a Damaged Section of Rope
An excellent knot to use for this purpose is the Alpine Butterfly Loop or the Alpine Butterfly Bend. The Alpine Butterfly Loop and Bend can both be tied in the same way. Not only that, the Alpine Butterfly Loop is really easy and quick to tie in the bight of the rope. Once the Alpine Butterfly has been tied and dressed securely and properly, it is less prone to shake loose or fall apart.
How Strong is the Alpine Butterfly Loop
The Alpine Butterfly Loop and the Alpine Butterfly Bend are often used by climbers. Not only is it a strong and secure knot, but it is easy to spot if it is tied incorrectly. The Advantage of the Alpine Butterfly is it’s strength. When you look at the Strength of Knot Chart, you will see that the Alpine Butterfly sits proudly at the top of the list.
All knots tied into a rope will reduce it’s strength. So by knowing which knot will retain as much strength as possible, you will be able to calculate just how strong your rope is, after you have bypassed the damage.
How to Fix a Damaged Section of Rope Video
In this video, you will learn how to bypass a damaged section of rope using the Alpine Butterfly Loop.
Tips and Tricks on Making a Shackle User Friendly This is a guide on what you can do to a shackle to make a shackle more user friendly, and tips on what you can do for added security and peace … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Single Strand Diamond Knot I would say that once you have tied the Single Strand Diamond Knot a couple of times, then this is one decorative knot that you will not forget. The start of tying … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Capstan Knot The Capstan Knot works in the same way as the Crabber’s Knot, when it is first tied it is a Noose Knot. Once you have adjusted the size of the loop that you require, … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Running Bowline The Running Bowline is a great noose type knot to use on the end of a line. If you can tie the Bowline, then there is just one extra step to tying the Running … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Hanson Loop Knot The Hanson Loop Knot is an excellent knot to learn, if you want to tie a loop in the end of a line. The Hanson Knot has a good reputation for being a … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Sheet Bend One problem with the Sheet Bend is that if it is not under constant tension, then the Sheet Bend can shake loose. However, if the two working ends are on the same side, then … Continue reading →
How to Make a Rope Thump Mat In this little tutorial you will learn how to make a traditional sailors thump mat. Originally the thump mat was used on sailing ships to protect the wooden decks of the ship from … Continue reading →
What Knots Do Sea Cadets Learn? In the UK Sea Cadets need to learn basic seamanship in order to gain promotion. The knots listed below are the knots that Sea Cadets are required to learn in order to achieve Seamanship … Continue reading →
How to make a Bell Rope (Black) There are many ways of making a bell rope. If you search this site How to Make a Bell Rope, you will see there are a number of posts on making a bell … Continue reading →
How to Tie a Reef Knot The Reef Knot is also known as a Square Knot. WARNING – There is a warning when using the Reef Knot, in Ashley’s Book of Knots, the Reef Knot has the most skull and … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Crabber’s Knot or Crossed Running Knot The Crabber’s Knot also known as the Crossed Running Knot, is relatively easy to tie. Once you have created your first loop, you then lock that loop in place by … Continue reading →
Quality Traditional Cordage Made in Belgium I was recently contacted by Edward De Wit, asking if he could send me some of the traditional cotton rope that he makes. Well, I have just opened the package and I can say … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Farmer’s Loop Knot I wonder if a lot of people do not use this knot, because of the way that it is shown in Ashley’s Book of Knots? The actual knot is shown as being tied … Continue reading →
How to Tie the Non Jam Heaving Line Yes, there is such a thing as a Non Jam Heaving Line Knot. The knot itself is slightly bulkier than a normal Heaving Line Knot, but is does have the advantage that … Continue reading →