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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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Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2017, 07:27:45 AM »
Well I felt guilty after wolfy's call out to his post here... yes I did read it.  But I had a few before hand and it he could've written it in Greek and I would've gotten as much out of it as I did.  This morning I cannot for the life of me figure how that was so hard.  hmmmm.
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Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2017, 08:33:40 AM »
 :rofl: :cheers:  That explains a lot right there, Tony.....but maybe I was too 'wordy' in my description when I was trying to explain how simple it really is, too.  Another way of explaining it in simpler terms might help convey the mechanics of what I was trying to pass on. :P

How 'bout this?   Instead of just passing the bitter end through the tensioning loop ONCE, and then pulling the knot tight.....do one COMPLETE FULL TURN through the tensioning loop and THEN pull the knot tight.  That simple move locks in all the tension you've applied to the line without losing even a millimeter of tension. :shocked:     While that move DOES lock the tension, I wouldn't trust it entirely without a final slippery half-hitch for added security and peace of mind. 

I'll see if I can find a video, too.....if one exists. :coffee:
« Last Edit: October 21, 2017, 08:55:48 AM by wolfy »
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Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2017, 08:48:15 AM »
I got it now.  I will use this one a lot with boats.
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Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2017, 01:12:36 PM »
I use this double wrap trick in other ways, also.
Right now I'm processing fruit into wine. I have multiple straining bags hanging over buckets, some of which weigh as much as 15 pounds. I hang them from eye hooks in the rafters.  The height needs to be variable, so I take a double wrap around the eye hook which holds the weight of the bag better than pinching while I tie a slippery half hitch to secure it.
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Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2017, 12:07:39 PM »
The description was clear as a bell. What a great trick. Just loaded some tool boxes on a trailer tied down per instructions. Wish I had thought of that. Taut and tight.  :hail:

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Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2017, 12:22:21 PM »
 :cheers: :banana:   GOOD!  I figured that if some of you guys actually tried this out, you would be as impressed as I was to see how handy it is and how well it worked! :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:
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