Originally Posted by Deadphans
If I have 1.75mm zing it, what would be a good diameter rope to use, larger, smaller, or the same for prussics or kleimhest? I am in the process of making me a single line ridgeline for my tarp replicating whoopieslings.com version. So I need prussics or a kleimhest knot, just curious if something bites better than another. Thanks!
If you want your friction hitches (prussic, kleimheist, etc) to hold effectively they need to be made from a line smaller in diameter than the line they will be attached to. Their use comes from the climbing world and has been adapted to hammock and tarp use. The usual method to get friction hitches made from the same size line to hold is to use more wraps. 4 or 5 wraps should do it. My continuous tarp ridgeline is made from 2.2mm line and I have prussics made from 1.75mm line and they hold great with 3 wraps as intended. In your case you could also use braided masons line for your friction hitches with your 1.75mm line.
Remember for tarp guy out use it is advantageous to have your friction hitch slip beyond a certain force in order to prevent your tarp from ripping.
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