lashing a tower, wobbly lashings
Wendie Howland (WAHowland@AOL.COM)
Mon, 16 Feb 1998 09:52:32 EST
OK, the first thing you do is forget starting your lashing with a clove hitch.
I know, I know, that's what they taught you. But look in the Pioneering merit
badge book and find the "Japanese Mark II" lashing and use that. It is
approved (it's in the MB book!) and it's what they used at the Pioneering
stations at the National Jambo (I know 'cuz my husband was at Action Ctr D
Pioneering and I went out to help some on my off shifts at the MASH unit).
It's a whole lot easier and more stable. Use your clove hitch somewhere else.
Also use the MB book to see what DIFFERENT lashings are appropriate for cross
bars, diagonal braces, etc. They *are* different. Remember that if you use
wooden elements of different sizes (like smaller ones for a safety rail at the
tip) to adjust the line size for those joints.
Don't use peeled wood... bark on fresh wood helps things keep from slipping.
Use line which has a small enough diameter for the job--- too thick and it
will not wrap down tightly enough. Use good line, not that lousy yellow
polypropylene. And practice, practice, practice... too many kids I see think
that if they did it once that's enough.
Yours in Scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City