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Old 04-04-2008, 09:43 PM   #1
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Knot in tow strap.

I went wheeling last weekend in snow/mud with one vehicle (bad idea). I got plenty of use out of my winch. I was decided to "tread lightly," I don't have a tree saver so I used my 20' strap. I winched several times trusting a friend to hook it up a couple times. Got home and noticed that there was a knot in the strap that wasn't there before and we must have wiched after getting the knot because it's tied tighter than a fly's ass. How safe is the strap now. Is there any hope to untie it. Any wisdom would be greatly appreaciated.

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Old 04-04-2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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What you need are some WOOD spikes to start loosening it, or a marlin spike as found on some marine knives [not USMC marine] but yachting tools. Buck knives used to make one with a 4" marlin spike on it. Do not try to use a phillips or straight or torx scewdriver, you need something very smooth, very tapered and with a very good point that will not damage the nylon. Someone else here might have a trick or two also, I'm just used to working on heavy rope during my navy time.

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Old 04-05-2008, 08:04 AM   #3
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all i can say, is if you cant get it out just trash it. With that knot in there, the breaking point of the strap is cut in half at that point. I learned from experience. Good thing I always have atleast two straps with me...
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all i can say, is if you cant get it out just trash it. With that knot in there, the breaking point of the strap is cut in half at that point. I learned from experience. Good thing I always have atleast two straps with me...
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this is realy easy. just put the knot on a hard floor like concreat and take a heavy hammer or mallet and beat the knot with the hammer and flip it over a couple of times and repeat the beating but make shure you are hitting the biggest part in the middle not the edges becaus you can cut it if you hit the sides. it will loosen up and try working the knot loose it will work it might take 10 mins to get it out. but it will come out. if you are just going to throw it out send it to me i will do the above and get it out myself
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Wet it, soap the heck out of it(any mild shampoo should work) use a smooth spike like mentioned above and cuss like a truck stop (the cussing is the key ingredient). That's how I get knots out of my lead ropes.
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The spike will work, I've taken knots out of 3" lines that subs have put in them at dock when they have come out of the locker knotted, some it's a 5 minute job others can take longer. Beating it on concrete can fray the nylon, if you have some good heavy steel plate that will work. Depends on what your time is worth, new one what $20 or $25.
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:34 PM   #8
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Today I soaked it with water Beat the crap out of it and had it out in 10 minutes. I didn't even need to cuss at it. Thanks guys i never thought of hitting it with a hammer.
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this is realy easy. just put the knot on a hard floor like concreat and take a heavy hammer or mallet and beat the knot with the hammer and flip it over a couple of times and repeat the beating but make shure you are hitting the biggest part in the middle not the edges becaus you can cut it if you hit the sides. it will loosen up and try working the knot loose it will work it might take 10 mins to get it out. but it will come out. if you are just going to throw it out send it to me i will do the above and get it out myself
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You want a "fid" if you go into any marine store (as in nautical), The marline spike would work too, but generally a marline spike is made of metal, and is smaller, for a tow strap, a fid is the way to go.
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There's a girl in our town who is SO "skinny," we had to tie knots in her legs for KNEES!

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There's a girl in our town who is SO "skinny," we had to tie knots in her legs for KNEES!

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