Unless you’ve worn velcro shoes, flip flops or slippers all your life, chances are you’ve learned how to tie a knot before.
Lacing your shoes is one one aspect but to tie down knots onto a roof rack or bike is another thing altogether. These knots need to be strong and safe and easy to remove. If not you may end up with your load spread across the road causing a dangerous situation. Or you may just spend the rest of the day trying to undo what you tied up!
There are a large variety of knots out there, each with properties that make them suitable for different tasks. Here in this article we'll talk about some of the more specific knot types relating to securing cargo.
Truckers Hitch Knot
The “Truckers Hitch" is the go-to knot for securing loads of cargo on trucks or trailers. The knot is accomplished by tying one end of rope to a fixed object such as a bumper or tailgate. Then, about mid-way on the rope you would tie a slippery half hitch to form a loop in the middle of the line.
You’ll want to make sure the loop part is formed with the slack part of the rope or it will tighten down on itself under pressure.
Perhaps the most common and certainly one of the most useful is the bowline.
You can do it in 4 simple steps by following the image below;
There is a great rhyme to remember how to tie this one, "the rabbit comes out of the hole, around the tree, and then back in the hole".
Once tied off, remember to secure the loose piece of rope otherwise it may flap and come loose or get tangled!
The Backpackers Hitch
The "Backpackers Hitch" is great for tying down knots around a tree. It's useful when hanging things such as a hammock or bear bag when out camping. What makes this knot so unique is the fact that it is secure, but also designed to easily untie by simply pulling on the loose end of the knot.
To create a backpackers hitch you need to take one end of the rope and make at least 3 wraps around the object your securing it to. After you've wrapped it a few times make sure to tuck the loose end under your final loop. That's it!
The Square or Reef Knot
Finally, the "Square" knot is the most basic of knots and a true classic! The square knot has been used since ancient times. While it can be used for securing a rope or line around pretty much any object, it has proved most useful for connecting two pieces of rope for tie down situations that require additional length for security.
To accomplish the square knot, you’ll want to hold two ropes together at one end. Then, you need to take the left strand under the right and under again. After that, you need to take the right over the left and then under. Next, take the left part of the rope and put it over the right and wrap around. Lastly, take the new right side of the rope, put it over the left end and wrap it under.
You’re done! Easy, right?
What if you could avoid knots all together and still get the same or even better result?
While there is virtually a knot for every purpose, they all need practice and skill to get right and tight.
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