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Old 09 May 2015, 04:51   #1
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Please help. I only know 5 knots...

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I am trying to attach an anchor swivel to two 100mm diameter cast iron columns in my conservatory. Something like the arrangement in the photo. I don't want fancy metal work and I'm sure a rope solution would take the load and not slip down the column

I can then string up a hammock, and drink rum until the missus hears the contented zzzzzs

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Old 09 May 2015, 05:54   #2
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Why do you need the swivel? Can't you just tie the hammock onto the columns? Round turn and two half hitches will do the job.
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Or you could put the swivels on a suitable size loop and larks head it onto the column if you wanted to. Or just tie end of the rope to the swivel and tie the rope to the column. Round turn and two half hitches will work for that too.

You don't need many knots. Round turn and two half hitches or a bowline will do most that you need. Clove hitches and reef knots are over rated but have their uses. Oh a reef bow is handy for doing up your shoes of course (but you'd by surprised how many people do granny bows then have to "do a double knot" to stop it coming undone)
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Rolling hitch... You need something that doesn't slide down the post.
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Yep, a rolling hitch resisting a pull downwards! Good enough for firefighters to haul up hose with, should be good enough for you.
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A no knot would work too - take a look at Animated Knots by Grog | How to Tie Knots | Fishing, Boating, Climbing, Scouting, Search and Rescue, Household, Decorative, Rope Care,

it'll walk you through loads of options.
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Many thanks all.
Will do it tomorrow. Started the rum already!
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Please help. I only know 5 knots...

A timber hitch is designed to pull heavy logs behind horses so resists sideways (downwards in your case) pulls on logs & spars.

I'd use that.


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