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Tying the Clove Hitch Using Half Hitches (Interactive Animation)
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Clove Hitch tying using Half HitchesForm a loop in the working end of the rope. Place it over the post. Form a second loop identical to the first. Place it over the post and tighten.
Clove Hitch using Half Hitches Details
Caution: The Clove Hitch (ABOK # 1245, p 224) was, originally, included here with the intention of condemning it. It does have two giant faults: it slips and, paradoxically, can also bind. It should be deeply distrusted when used by itself.
Uses: As shown in this animation, the Clove Hitch can make a quick hitch. Only two Half Hitches were used. To make the hitch secure, additional Half Hitches must be added in the same manner. The Clove Hitch has various applications. For example, in the theater it is used to adjust the height of stage curtains hanging from a bar; and in boating it can be used to initially position a fender hanging from a rail. Both are described in the section about the Clove Hitch tied by Threading the End.
Dangers: As stated above, the Clove Hitch's problems are slipping and binding:
Alternatives: There are good alternatives available:
Temporary whipping for a frayed rope end
Paradox: When you tie this round turn and two Half Hitches, in the process you actually create a clove hitch round the standing end!
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.