Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Color Coding Rope Ends
Re: Color Coding Rope Ends
Fri, 27 Aug 1999 10:23:17 -0400
The system you are describing comes right out of the Pioneering MB book
(p.98) and is easy to use, especially for the boys. The best product
I've found to dip rope ends is called "PlastiDIP". It is a heavy duty
flexible rubber coating which lasts for years; doesn't crack, chip, or
peel; and bonds beautifully to rope fibers, manilla in particular. The
stuff is somewhat expensive at about $6-7. per color. but woth it. Just
make sure you make a big project out or it and get the job done at onc
time. Once opened, this stuff does not last long. As the custodian of
our District's Pioneering Kit, I have used this on literally hundreds of
rope ends over the last six years and they are all going strong. The
manilla rope will probably deteriorate before the coating goes bad.
An alternative, which is a lot more work, is to whip the ends and dip in
paint to color code. Hope this helps.
Central Florida Council (Orlando)
Troop 225 ASM, AQM; Tipsa Lodge 326;
ADC and District Training Chair;
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