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Subject: LF: Re: Re: Re: Rope?
From: "Jay Rusgrove" <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 13:48:57 -0400
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Agree with Alan on this one ... I use sailboat line exclusively because of it's strength and longevity. Also use sailboat 'blocks' in place of hardware store 'pulleys'. They are about 2X or 3X the price but they never rust or sieze up and the line never jumps the sheave.
Jay, W1VD 
p.s.  if you do visit a marine store make sure to ask for line and not rope ;~)
----- Original Message -----
From: Alan Melia
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2006 1:09 PM
Subject: LF: Re: Re: Rope?

Hi Martin, yes but the stuff I have can have as short a life as 4 years in
the sun. It does go brittle and breaks up.....what is worse in that state it
leaves loads of little "needles" of plastic under the skin if you handle it
without gloves. They dont seem to do any harm, but.......

I have some 7mm pre-stretched polyester slated MARINE yacht ropes, made by
British Ropes many years ago (1974). This is still doing sterling service as
guying on my tower after more than 30 years. It has darkened (usefull as it
"disappears" against the background of the trees) and does have a greenish
look where it is supporting a colony of algae, but it seems to have not lost
any of its strength. Its rated at about 1500pounds I think. I do use draw
rope for a light-weight mast but replace it regularly. Unfortunately my old
salt mine doesnt have a stores any more....we were able to make a personal
purchases of rate-book items.

Cheers de Alan G3NYK

----- Original Message -----
From: Martin Evans. <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: 12 May 2006 17:50
Subject: LF: Re: Rope?

> >
> > Any advice from those more knowledgable / experienced than me?
> >
> > Mike, G3XDV
> > ===========
> Mike - get to know a BT engineer and obtain some  6mm diameter "BT
> Drawrope".
> This is blue, but the smoulder test indicates that it's definitely not
> polypropylene, and it doesn't smell much like nylon either, though it
> be.
> I had a child's tyre swing in the garden for eight years, supended with
> this, and apart from some colour loss there was no significant degradation
> after all the abuse that it suffered.
> Martin
> Swansea.

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