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    Quote Originally Posted by TiredFeet View Post
    So I assume that your main line isn't tensioned. Correct?
    That's correct. I posted this above:

    Quote Originally Posted by DannyBoy2k
    I should also add that what I showed with rolling the Prusik won't work if the line you attach to is pulled taut. That would have the effect of unrolling the Prusik and unlocking it, which is actually the way I usually unlock the Prusik, by pulling both ends of the line it's attached to. However, this works great for a tarp setup where you are using independent lines for each side, not a single line setup, since one side of the line you attach to is slack. Also for tent guylines like the ones Opie sells.
    A kite's bridle has enough slack that this works extremely well. It would not work on a completely taut line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    I've never tried same-size Prusik and line combinations. I've always been under the impression that a Prusik loop needs to be of smaller diameter line to work properly. The fact that it will work on similarly sized small line is handy to know.

    There is some great, solid info on knots in Mountaineering, Freedom of the Hills by The Mountaineers. That's where I got my information on Prusiks, Klemheists, and lots of others. Since these are climbing knots, the information assumes they will be used in large line and cord for climbing. I guess knot performance can differ on differing size line....

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    If you talk to an avid mountain climber they will tell you that you always tie a prusik with line thinner than what you're tying to. Using equal sized rope reduces the gripping power of the knot by quite a lot. But, we're just hanging hammocks and tarps here...

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    Someone else referenced the Blake's Hitch in another thread. Just gave it a shot and it holds fantastic in my paracord experiments. Even simpler than the Prusik since you don't need a loop.

    I've still had no luck with the Klemheist except when the tied with smaller utility line to the paracord.

    ~Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyBoy2k View Post
    I've still had no luck with the Klemheist except when the tied with smaller utility line to the paracord.
    Try putting another wrap or two on the Klemheist. Another reason I like this knot over the Prussic is that adding additional wraps doesn't complicate dressing it. But I think I've said that before.

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    Any sliding/gripping knots I've used so far on my Amsteel whoopie and on my Kelty Trip-tease guy line have been tied with loops of 2mm utility cord. They are very light and grip well as Prusiks or Klemheists. I haven't tried them on my Dynaglide ridgeline yet, but will soon.

    I used to like 550 cord (parachute cord), but the more I use it, the less I like it. It's heavy, stretchy, and acts weird with some knots. Any cord I buy now is the "Power Rope" sold by Campmor in the climbing section. The 2mm and 3mm (paracord size) is .15/ft. They offer it from 2mm up to 9mm and I use almost all the sizes for various camping, hiking, kayaking, hunting and canoeing needs. It's a great product.

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    Last edited by desmobob; 10-08-2010 at 19:03. Reason: spellin'

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    You wqnt the ability to slide under high winds for your tarp. Better to retighten a prussic than rip a tarp

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