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    Muletape ?'s

    Got a couple of questions about muletape for ya. First, can muletape work in figure 9's. Second, do prussik knots work on muletape. Thinking about it for my tarp ridge line, and some other non-hammock related uses.
    Hammocking, car camping, backpacking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Getting in touch with nature is getting expensive. Good thing I can DIY!

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    I can't wait to hear the responses, I just bought 100'.

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    I just tried it in my DIY hammock running it through a couple rings and it slipped. To combat the slippage; I just put a quick half hitch with the slack line and all was well.

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    What I scavenged years ago had been used to pull phone cable thru conduit and was coated with a lubricating compound and needed washing. Even then mule tape is slick and it takes the right knots to not slip. No experience with figure 9's or prussiks.
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    Mule tape is "pre lubricated" and naturally slippery. It does hold knots well, but not with slip-rings... definitely back it up with a knot...

    I've tied overhand loops, figure 8 loops, bowlines, trucker's hitches, 1/2 hitches and they all work really well.

    Mule tape is one of those that you can untie about anything, where with some ropes, you might as well punt...

    The stuff I get was used by the local bell co to pull fiber underground. I normally get 3000' or more in a bundle that's a bit of work to untangle. Some of it is in great shape, some is dirty and frayed... but it ALL needs washing... Get a pile wet and wait a couple of days... Don't blame the dog for the smell... it's the lube rotting...

    I have used masons line on the stuff as prussik's and it worked fine.

    I don't use rope anymore. This stuff is much better and doesn't scratch the paint on my truck...

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    it works pretty good for tree huggers than? my freind is getting a couple hhundred feet of it from a local co-op and offered me some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beasty-beast View Post
    it works pretty good for tree huggers than? my freind is getting a couple hhundred feet of it from a local co-op and offered me some.
    My experience is - it does NOT work well for tree huggers. It is plenty strong, but it is a little narrow and when you put weight on it, it tends to roll. I think it is almost as non-bark-friendly as using rope.

    It is okay for suspension or sewn into the edges of a bridge hammock. It has almost no stretch. It's not the lightest option, though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by beasty-beast View Post
    it works pretty good for tree huggers than? my freind is getting a couple hhundred feet of it from a local co-op and offered me some.
    It also snags crazy-easy on the bark, gets fuzzy and frays. You can get some cheap huggers that are plenty wide for the tree and can slide well over bark by repurposing some Harbor Freight ratchet straps--save the mule tape for what it's good at... suspension
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    muletape

    Mule tape is strong. Mine was nylon so it stretched and not all at once, so I needed to readjust in the night. The stretching may be a good safety factor for its original use, but is not good for hangers. My weight was 150# so I was disappointed with the amount of stretch on something with such a high breaking load.

    Washing it (line dry, no heat) to remove the lubricant is highly recommended, otherwise your hands will get waxed from handling it. The lubricant may attract fine dust.

    Harbor Freight polyester tie-down straps are good and not expensive.

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    Mule tape is one brand, bull-line is what I have. These are polyester which doesn't stretch. For pulling tape, this is a safety feature as stretchy rope can be a huge hazard when it breaks.
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