TIE KNOTS THE FUN AND EASY WAY
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Safety: Handling rope can be dangerous. Wrongly handled or tied, rope can kill, maim, or burn – maybe you! Handle rope with care, inspect and test any knot you tie. Respect heavily loaded ropes, e.g., a rope controlling a large sail, a mooring rope when you are docking or berthing, and especially your own climbing rope.
Control: Beware using your bare hands. Control rope by taking two or more turns round a winch, cleat, or post. Use appropriate equipment for fishing line. The danger associated with heavily loaded lines is too often learned by experience – often very painful and occasionally lethal.
Knots Weaken Rope: Angles, kinks, and knots, stress the fibers unevenly and weaken rope. If this concerns you, you are using rope that is too weak. Some knots weaken some rope to as little as 40%. For safety assume that even brand new rope has no more than 50% of its rated breaking strength. And, if the rope is old, worn, or damaged by sunlight or chemicals - expect less. For some useful test results visit Dave Richards' Knot Break Strength vs Rope Break Strength on the National Speleological Society Website and Tom Moyer's website for: High Strength Cord Testing, Euro Death-Knot Testing, and Rope Gear and Testing,
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Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.