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    Mason Line to make Prussik?

    Is #18 twisted Mason line strong enough to use for prussik loops on a tarp ridgeline? I have no idea how strong it is, or how strong the material needs to be for this application. Anyone use mason line for this?

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    I have used mason's line for prussiks. I find that it works great being a slightly looser braid than my speer or zing-it so bites quite well. I, however, use #18 braided line - not twisted (twisted comes apart too easily) and finish it in smaller continuous loops (thank opie!). Also, from what I remember, mason's line has a breaking strength of about 100 -125 pds.
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    Thanks for the insight. Hadn't thought at all about braided v twisted. I'll get that instead.

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    +1 on dragon's comments. Continuous loop mason line prussik's have held both my tarps in pretty good winds.
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    Just break out the reading glasses and small fingers when splicing mason's line... It works great, it's just really small...

    Has anybody done the math on how far to bury the line?
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    Sometimes, I think we've gone splicing crazy. Knots have served mankind well as long as there has been cordage.

    Mason's twine holds knots so well, and is so small, I don't see the need for splicing. Double (or even single) fisherman's bends will hold just fine. Knots in this application aren't necessarily better, but they are faster, and sufficient.
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    Just bought some twisted Mason line this morning so, yeah, uh, braided is the way to go as I have just found out....

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    Yeah, the twisted I bought before starting this thread is going back to the store on the way home...... I remember it unraveling the last time I used it, just didn't think about it when I was at the store today, I was more wondering "will this stuff work?". Back to HD I go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Just bought some twisted Mason line this morning so, yeah, uh, braided is the way to go as I have just found out....
    Braided is better, but twisted still works--granted you can't bury it, but as OG stated, knots get the job done. I use an adjustable grip hitch with my twisted line, and it holds up fine. I will, however, be moving on to braided line once I burn through the twisted line I am currently using (I'm looking into creating some diy nanobots to splice a continuous loop for me once I get it (heaven knows it's not going to get done on my dexterity alone )).
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Sometimes, I think we've gone splicing crazy. Knots have served mankind well as long as there has been cordage.

    Mason's twine holds knots so well, and is so small, I don't see the need for splicing. Double (or even single) fisherman's bends will hold just fine. Knots in this application aren't necessarily better, but they are faster, and sufficient.
    True, but splicing is fun... certainly not necessary...

    Quote Originally Posted by timabababaluka View Post
    Braided is better, but twisted still works--granted you can't bury it, but as OG stated, knots get the job done. I use an adjustable grip hitch with my twisted line, and it holds up fine. I will, however, be moving on to braided line once I burn through the twisted line I am currently using (I'm looking into creating some diy nanobots to splice a continuous loop for me once I get it (heaven knows it's not going to get done on my dexterity alone )).
    Twisted works, but in my experience, it degrades faster... the braided stuff is cheap (like $6 for 500')... which should be a lifetime supply, but I'm on my second spool...

    Splicing that stuff is definitely an exercise in patience. Get some yarn needles, they work pretty well, though I mostly use a folded over piece of 24-gauge network wire...

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