In a message dated 97-06-15 18:22:45 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Patrick Lynd)
> The common knots
> in use today in the Fire Service for rescue work and personal safety are
> all based on the figure eight knot. It's fast, simple to learn, easy to
> untie after loads, and test have shown that figure eight knots are safer
> under loads.
Correcto mundo and I agree completely.
The ONLY problem that I have with a figure 8 knot when used for
tower/antenna construction is that it is a physically bigger knot than the
bowline. Everyone who's ever done tower work has run into a situation where
your rope is locked into the pulley/ginpole and your load needs to be 1 or 2
inches higher. A bigger knot like the figure 8 just compounds this problem.
Other than that nitpicking, it IS easy to learn and tie, is reliable and
comes apart easily. It's a keeper!
73, Steve K7LXC
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