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    I’m beginning to learn a few knots like the bowline, half hitch, and crows nest thinking they will be very valuable in certain situations. What knots have come in handy for you in your career and in what ways?

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    #681802
    smallerstick
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    North Bay, ON

    Trucker’s hitch is a must; clove hitch, sheet bend are useful as well.

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    #681804

    I use a bowline the most, occasionally a half hitch and a timber hitch. I don’t know many, something I ought to look into. Ratchet straps are less complicated.

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    #681806
    Doobie
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    I was in Scouts as a kid and don’t know my knots well at all. Flunked that badge I suppose. I really should learn a few more than I already use.

    #681808
    cmeyer25
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    Bellingham, WA

    In my fire training there were four knots we needed to learn – bowline, clove hitch, half hitch and figure eight (plus figure 8 on a bite). Figure 8 is a super strong knot, and real easy to learn. Good for any kind of tool lifting because it won’t come undone. Also it’s the standard for safety harnesses – in rock climbing at least, and I’m assuming on job sites as well.

    Here’s a great How-to by REI:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+tie+a+figure+8+knot&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS782US782&oq=how+to+tie+a+figure&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.6047j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=1

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    #681809
    cmeyer25
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    Bellingham, WA

    This one seems even simpler, and possibly the “strongest” knot…I thought that was the figure 8, but this is what the internet said, lol. Although, I guess it depends on what you’re using the knot for too.

    http://www.animatedknots.com/palomar/

    And here’s another site too – lots of cool how-to videos and the last knot is something I’ve wanted to know forever! I always tie things down and that last step when you have everything tightened but then need to tighten the knot always makes the whole thing go slack again. Thanks for bringing this up, I’m learning a bunch I wanted to know anyway just by doing a little research, lol.

    https://gizmodo.com/how-to-tie-the-only-five-knots-youll-ever-need-1696628878

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    #681858
    kswiss
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    edmonton, AB

    Bowline and reef knot are most common for what I do. I used to tie my boots with a reef knot, never had to tie them again through the day. Now I wear boots with no laces.

    #681879
    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I’m beginning to learn a few knots like the bowline, half hitch, and crows nest thinking they will be very valuable in certain situations. What knots have come in handy for you in your career and in what ways?

    These are all knots I learned as a kid and being an avid sailor I had to know a lot of knots for the rigging.

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    #681900

    I’m beginning to learn a few knots like the bowline, half hitch, and crows nest thinking they will be very valuable in certain situations. What knots have come in handy for you in your career and in what ways?

    These are all knots I learned as a kid and being an avid sailor I had to know a lot of knots for the rigging.

    What’s your point DWB? Ok so as a kid you learned the knots I mentioned, do you use any at work? You had to learn a lot of knots for sailing, why not mention a few?

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    #681908
    theamcguy
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    Fayetteville, NC

    I use the square knot and bowline all the time on the job. Easy knots that really hold well.

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    #681929
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Kind of a lost art now with plastic rope that you just hold in a flame to keep it from unwinding but I learned to splice rope as a kid. Back splice to secure the end of a rope and eye splice to create a loop in the end. Very simple to do once you have the hang of it and very useful when dealing with natural fibres. You can splice plastic, too, but it’s not as easy to work with. The end result is a really neat, clean way to manage ropes and the more you use spliced ropes, the tighter the splices become.

    @dirtywhiteboy I’m sure you learned a couple of basic splices when you were sailing.

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    #681932
    cmeyer25
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    Bellingham, WA

    Kind of a lost art now with plastic rope that you just hold in a flame to keep it from unwinding but I learned to splice rope as a kid. Back splice to secure the end of a rope and eye splice to create a loop in the end. Very simple to do once you have the hang of it and very useful when dealing with natural fibres. You can splice plastic, too, but it’s not as easy to work with. The end result is a really neat, clean way to manage ropes and the more you use spliced ropes, the tighter the splices become.

    @dirtywhiteboy I’m sure you learned a couple of basic splices when you were sailing.

    I worked in the warehouse for a roofing company a few years in college and they had me braiding loops into the ends of some of their wire cables. I had forgotten about that – but that was a fun and useful skill to have. Just unbraid into two sections, make a loop out of them and then rebraid along the loops and pinch off the ends with cable ties. Quick, easy, and really nice to have.

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    #681954
    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I’m beginning to learn a few knots like the bowline, half hitch, and crows nest thinking they will be very valuable in certain situations. What knots have come in handy for you in your career and in what ways?

    These are all knots I learned as a kid and being an avid sailor I had to know a lot of knots for the rigging.

    What’s your point DWB? Ok so as a kid you learned the knots I mentioned, do you use any at work? You had to learn a lot of knots for sailing, why not mention a few?

    My point is simple,,”These are all knots I learned as a kid and being an avid sailor I had to know a lot of knots for the rigging.”
    No I don’t use many knots at work with ratchet straps and travelers I just don’t use a lot of rope at work.
    I guess my favorite knot is one my granny taught me. It is called the granny knot and it my be my most used knot.

    Oh edit,,, then there are all the fishing knots. I can’t even remember what they are called but i know a bunch on them.

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    #684221
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Here is the Essential Craftsman going over the basic knots.

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    #684239

    Here is the Essential Craftsman going over the basic knots.

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    I actually watched that video this morning already, made me think of this thread and @Smallerstick mentioning the truckers hitch. Essential Craftsmen didn’t seem to like the truckers hitch as much as other knots.

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