A Conversation for Knots
Dan Started conversation Jun 28, 2000
Can someone write an entry about how to undo the damned things?
Crescent Posted Jun 28, 2000
Jim diGriz Posted Jun 28, 2000
Hagar Posted Aug 1, 2000
There's an old story: a driver stops and asks a local how to get to a distant town. The local replies "If you want to go there I wouldn't be starting from here".
To untie a difficult knot, start with a knot that CAN be untied. For example, a simple overhand knot can be used to stop the end of a rope running out of a pulley or eye, but after a bit of use will be near impossible to untie. If you tie a figure of eight knot (add an extra twist) instead you will always be able to untie it. Similarly, using an overhand knot in a bight of rope to form a loop will make untying very hard, so use a bowline or trucker's knot to ease the task. Lots of people by mistake use a granny knot instead of a reef knot (remember - left over right; right over left!). A granny is hard to untie, a reef knot is easy
Faced with a tight overhand knot or granny, use a knife!
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