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#1 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted July 12, 2015 - 08:39 PM

For those that tie things down with ratchet straps, what do you / how do you deal with the loose ends?

 

Mine are rather long and I loop the ends around till I have enough to make a bow tie, but this often comes untied and I look like a parade float going down the highway trailing streamers.


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Posted July 12, 2015 - 08:43 PM

Three ideas I've used.

1) lock the ends in a tool box (secure toolbox)
2) use loose ends with additional ratchet to secure the hood (just learned this one)
3) cut them off at different lengths so as to limit how many (or how long) loose ends you have
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Posted July 12, 2015 - 08:52 PM

1) lock the ends in a tool box (secure toolbox)

Sounds good, but I'll need to build another tool box and add locking lids to both.

2) use loose ends with additional ratchet to secure the hood (just learned this one)

Another good one, I just need to by another $20.00 set of straps.

3) cut them off at different lengths so as to limit how many (or how long) loose ends you have.

This I thought of, I will need to mark them front and back as the lengths will be different, and buy that second set for if I haul anything else other than the Roper.

 

Keep them coming. A good knot suggestion that doesn't come untied would be good.          


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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:13 PM

On the cut to different lengths you could buy different colors of ratchet straps and have each color cut to a different length.
Green: 3 feet
Blue: 4.5 feet
Red: 6 feet
Orange: 7.5 feet
Yellow: 10 feet
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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:24 PM

Ive been k otting my straps for years with no issues...evwry size and type of strap I have owned. I have no clue what kind of knot it is, but I also use it on the boat for tying anchor lines. I double up the strap first, to make a k ot easier to untie and to take up more of the slack. Ill have to take a picture. Some of the knots have made it 800 miles and more.

I should also mention, a great way to take up LOTS of slack, is to fold the excess strap up real nice and then wrap it in the center around and around a couple times with elwctrical tape, securing it to your load bearing strap.

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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:26 PM

DOT method: duct tape!

Like this pic, only duct tape instead of whatever that red thing is.

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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:29 PM

Ok, I am liking the duck tape method. I'll try that next week.


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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:32 PM

First, have the short end towards front of trailer where the ratchet is, then I loop the strap around another part of tractor, kinda acting or looking like another strap on there. doesn't hold anything tho. Just a standard double knot when I tie it around something.  I have plenty of long straps, but would never think of shortening any of them. There are times you want that extra length, maybe to go over an object twice say or around more than one thing.

 

Duck tape?  You'll just get sticky gooey crap all over the straps and have bigger messes with dirt and junk sticking to them and getting all over you also. NOT!


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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:40 PM

This is what I have. The bow ties don't last long in the wind.

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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:42 PM

DOT method: duct tape!

Like this pic, only duct tape instead of whatever that red thing is.

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Eureka! VELCRO!!!!!!! I have some that would work!


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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:43 PM

Gee whiz, GL, I thought you've been around the block a time or two already.

Ok, here's the long version. Loop your strap as shown in pics. Tear off 12-16" of tape. Once around sticky side out, then twist and go around 1.5-2 times sticky side in. Make sure to fold over the last 1&1/2" for a 'buddy tab' so you can grab and go when you get home.
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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:48 PM

Gee whiz, GL, I thought you've been around the block a time or two already.

Ok, here's the long version. Loop your strap as shown in pics. Tear off 12-16" of tape. Once around sticky side out, then twist and go around 1.5-2 times sticky side in. Make sure to fold over the last 1&1/2" for a 'buddy tab' so you can grab and go when you get home.

Cool, a plan "B" if the Velcro doesn't work. Thanks!


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Posted July 12, 2015 - 09:57 PM

I do a bow tie too my dad has been a tow truck driver for the last 20 years he ocd about straps.


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Posted July 12, 2015 - 10:32 PM

I will do this with twine instead of duct tape, but usually, I tie the excess off where it can't get in trouble.

I have seen Saran Wrap instead or duct tape. Also seen using the last three feet as a tie of sorts,
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Posted July 12, 2015 - 10:32 PM

We used to tie them up.Nothing more aggravating that seeing them flap in the breeze going down the highway. Our local marina sells a Velcro strap that is about 8" long. I now use them. I wrap it tight and make sure it is tight. Haven had one whip loose yet. Thanks for all the suggestions also.                         Roger


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