Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Color Coding Rope Ends
Re: Color Coding Rope Ends
Fri, 27 Aug 1999 10:02:21 -0400
I've used that color coding system, where each letter in the color is 5 feet,
for over 20 years with good luck. I use paint instead of expensive plastic
dips. All my ropes are either whipped or have either an eye or back splice on
them. The BSA has a difficult to remember system in the Pioneering Merit Badge
book for color coding ropes and spars. Apparently they forgot that simple is
Jim Pratten wrote:
> I've seen a system of fusing the ends of a rope that also identifies the
> rope length. The rope lengths are cut and the ends are dipped in a glue or
> some such material. The identification system works like this; each letter
> of the color represents 5 feet in length. Ropes with red colored ends are
> 15 feet in length because Red = 3 letters x 5' per letter = 15'. Blue is
> 20' and so on.
> Do any of you use this approach and what have you found works well as the
> fusing agent? It's been suggested that I use colored epoxy or the plastic
> dip material used to make handles for pliers.
> Looking for suggestions and experiences.
> thanks. . . Jim Pratten, SM Troop 481, Titusville, Fl
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