Rope Care

June 25, 2014 at 2:08 am by

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GOOD ROPE CARE = SAFETY AND SAVINGS.  A good rope is an invaluable asset but sloppy handing can result in early failure, dangerous situations and substantial expense. Here are a few tips for rope selection, care and handling.

KEEP IT CLEAN.  Mud and dirt accelerate rope wear. If your rope has dried, shake the dirt and grit off.  Wash off dirty ropes with a medium pressure and cold water. Coil and hang to dry. Never freeze wet ropes.

knotty ropesCOIL CORRECTLY.  Avoid distorting the lay of the rope!  A well coiled rope has no kinks or crossed strands and will be easier to uncoil and recoil after use.   How to properly uncoil a rope: Lay the coil flat with the inside end of rope nearest the floor or deck. Loosen lashings and covers, then reach down through center of coil and pull rope up through from inside of the coil.

CHANGE IT UP.  Changing ends of the rope regularly when used in tackle, permits even wearing and assures longer useful life. If a short section shows excessive wear or damage, cut out the bad section and resplice. Then be sure that the cause for the excess wear is corrected.

AVOID ABRASION.  Dragging rope on the ground or over rough, gritty surfaces allows abrasive particles to work into the rope and weaken the fibers. Be sure to regularly inspect your ropes!

ROPE vs.CHEMICALS | EARLY FAILURE.  Fuel, acids, alkalies, oils and paints can break down fibers and will quickly damage rope. Protect from these agents wherever possible and remember that clean, dry rope is the best assurance of long rope life.

BEST STORAGE PRACTICES.  Rope should always be dry before storing; storing wet rope causes mildew and rot. A cool, dry room with free air circulation makes ideal long term storage. Consider using some planking to protect the rope from contact with non-permeable surfaces.

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