Frequently Asked Questions

Decking Rope

Q/ How do I cut a length of Poly Hemp Decking Rope?

A/ If at all possible use a specialist Hot Knife specifically made for the job in hand. However, not many people have one of those to hand. Bind the end of the rope to be cut, and using a very sharp knife, cut through the tape and rope. This will keep the ends bound, and should not un twist. You can then "Heat Seal" the end of the rope, being very careful - and this will seal the ends and stop it fraying and un-twisting

Q/ Will the Decking Rope shrink?

A/ Poly Hemp Decking Rope is a man made fibre, it will not shrink or rot, and also does not have "splinters" so is perfect for use in a garden with Children or Animals.

Q/ How long will Poly Hemp Decking Rope last?

A/ This is a man made fibre, so should be good for at least 8 years minimum

Q/ How much "Droop" should I have between posts?

A/ This is a personal decision, and we suggest trial and error with string until you get the desired effect.

Polypropylene Rope

Q/ How do I take the rope from a coil, so it does not get in a mess?

A/ If you have a coil of rope, and you want to take some from it, or you would like to uncoil it, ALWAYS ensure that you take from the centre, and ANTI CLOCKWISE - This will ensure the rope is not all twisted and in a mess

Q/ How do I cut Polypropylene Rope?

A/ If at all possible use a specialist Hot Knife specifically made for the job in hand. However, not many people have one of those to hand. Bind the end of the rope to be cut, and using a very sharp knife, cut through the tape and rope. This will keep the ends bound, and should not un twist.

Q/ Will Polypropylene Rope float?

A/ Yes, its ideal for water applications as it will float.

Ratchet Assemblies

Q/ How do I loosen off the ratchet?

A/ If you look at the spring you'll see there's a finger hold on either side. Press the spring back & the ratchet body will bend through 90 degrees so that it's lying flat. You can then turn the spool round by hand.

Q/ What does the label mean in the 25mm Ratchet?

A/ If you look carefully at the label that is stitched in when the strap is manufactured it will have information similar to this:
MBL 800daN - Minimum Break Load
LC 400 daN - Load Capacity
EN 12195-2 - Manufactured to EN Specification 12195-2 (Do not buy or use ANY straps that do not have this in. If you are using straps for commercial use and they are a BS specification, they are no longer legal.
PES - Polyester Webbing
Elongation < 7% See table below- Taken from "Analysis of Elongation of lashing straps on movements of cargo"
SHF 50 daN - Hand Force
"Not for Lifting"