John Conley (ITI@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Mon, 13 Jul 1998 15:13:03 -0700
Mark Arend wrote:
> Our Troop is going to replace the worn flag & rope on the Churches flagpole.
> Two questions: What would be the best, longest lasting rope to use? And
> what's the best way to replace the old rope with the new? I don't want to
> loose the old rope & then figure out how to get someone up a 35 foot pole to
> re-string it. Thanks.
I'll take a crack at this one, but among rope "experts" you could stir
up a good argument about "best"!
Two big enemies of cordage (like that word? Don't I sound authoritative
already?) are moisture and sunlight. See any problems in a flagpole
application? As with most things, what you think is best depends on
whether price is a consideration. My idea of best would be braided
synthetics, probably dacron. That would hold up longest. But bear in
mind that you could probably throw away a cheap line twice for less
money than buying a really good line, and the consequences of failure
in this application are only inconvenient, not deadly. Stay away
from the price temptation of polypro, though; UV resistance is terrible.
My recommendations to replace without climbing:
If the line is stranded, unlay one strand of each rope (old and new)
for about a foot. Cut away the one strand of one line, the other two
strands of the other, and lay them together, like a fake splice. Then,
tape over the "splice", running the tape beyond the ends to a smooth
part. If you're carefull running it through the block, this should
If the line is braided and hollow, buy a cheap plastic splicing fid and
learn how to use it. It's really easy on hollow core line, and your
Scouts would get a kick out of learning it anyway.
If the line is braided but has a solid core, cut away the jacket and tie
the two cores together with a thin cord, like whipping a rope. Tape
over the whole thing, again extending the taping beyond your "splice",
and again, it should go through the block if you're careful.
Of course, if the old line and the new line are of different construct-
ions, you will have to use these principles to combine two of the above
More than you wanted to know?
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