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TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« on: October 12, 2017, 10:52:08 AM »
Just a few weeks ago, I learned of a very effective technique for keeping all of the tension possible in a TRUCKER'S HITCH or a CINCH KNOT without  losing any of the ground you've gained while you're tying it off with the final slippery half-hitch or whatever finishing knot you prefer.  Most of us just pinch the point where the running portion of the line runs through the 'pulley' and tie the slippery half-hitch one-handed, but if you're like me (God forbid) you lose just a hair of tension while performing that last bit of sleight-of-hand. >:(

The very simple trick is to pass the running part of the line through the midline loop TWICE (in the same direction) instead of just once, before doing your final tensioning pull.  That move will bind the knot without losing any of the tension, while you finish up with the slippery half-hitch for added security. 

To untie the knot, just yank the slippery half-hitch free and then pass the bitter end of the line back through the midline loop in the opposite direction you passed it through in the first place, give it a yank.....and it pops loose like magic. :shocked:
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Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 01:58:26 PM »
Just a few weeks ago, I learned of a very effective technique for keeping all of the tension possible in a TRUCKER'S HITCH or a CINCH KNOT without  losing any of the ground you've gained while you're tying it off with the final slippery half-hitch or whatever finishing knot you prefer.  Most of us just pinch the point where the running portion of the line runs through the 'pulley' and tie the slippery half-hitch one-handed, but if you're like me (God forbid) you lose just a hair of tension while performing that last bit of sleight-of-hand. >:(

The very simple trick is to pass the running part of the line through the midline loop TWICE (in the same direction) instead of just once, before doing your final tensioning pull.  That move will bind the knot without losing any of the tension, while you finish up with the slippery half-hitch for added security. 

To untie the knot, just yank the slippery half-hitch free and then pass the bitter end of the line back through the midline loop in the opposite direction you passed it through in the first place, give it a yank.....and it pops loose like magic. :shocked:

:doh:  The weaker my pinching fingers get, the more I'm going to remember this.  Thanks, Wolfy!

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