Care of ropes and safety of use

  1. Protect the rope against direct contact with rough surfaces, sharpedges, chemical effects and high temperatures.
  2. Ropes with spliced eyes or ropes connected with splicing decrease the breaking strength only by 10 % where as knots decrease strength by 25–55 %.
  3. If possible, store the ropes in a clean and dry conditions, protected from direct sunlight.
  4. Avoid sharp bends of the rope when under tension, as this stresses only about half of the fibres. The minimum rope bend diameter should be six times the rope diameter.
  5. The maximum abrasion of the ropes occurs in places that were exposed to friction and abrasion for a long time. Therefore it is suitable to check these places and to change the position of the rope regularly in order to provide for uniform stress. The most exposed places are those being in contact with cleats, hawse holes, pulleys, etc.
  6. Never stand in the direction of the rope tension. If the rope breaks, the released energy can cause severe injuries.

It is best to store ropes in dark, dry rooms, protected from radiating heat sources. Avoid contact with chemicals. Although most ropes are chemical resistant, long-term contamination could lead to significant damage to the rope. To cut ropes, use a sharp knife or melting wire. If you cut the rope with a knife, do not forget to use adhesive tape or wire on the separated ends to keep them from untwining. If synthetic rope has been cuted by any means other than by using a melting wire, melt the rope ends, at least using the flame from a lighter.

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