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  1. The three most common rope materials are nylon, polyester, and polypropylene. Polyethylene is sometimes encountered. Some ropes are made of combinations of several of these materials. Nylon is generally the strongest of these common materials when dry. However, some nylon ropes lose as much as 20% of their strength when wet.

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  2. Rope Materials in Chronological Order Cotton Tarred Hemp Nylon ®, Perlon ® (Polyamide) Dacron ®, Terylene ® (Polyester) Polypropylene (“Poly”) Polyethylene Carbon Fiber Kevlar ®, Twaron ®, Technora ® (Aramid) Spectra ®, Dyneema ® (HMPE) Vectran ® (LCAP) Zylon ® (PBO) Cotton: History: Cotton is included here for completeness.

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  4. You can also filter rope by color or rope size using the side menu bar on any rope collection page. 1/16-Inch (1.8 mm) Rope & Cordage 1/8-Inch (3.2 mm) Rope & Cordage 3/16-Inch (4.7 mm) Rope & Cordage 1/4-Inch (6.4 mm) Rope & Cordage 5/16-Inch (7.9 mm) Rope & Cordage 1/2-Inch (12.7 mm) Rope & Cordage 3/8-Inch (9.5 mm) Rope & Cordage

  5. General Rope Diameter Tolerances Tolerances are: ±10% for diameters below 5/16 inches (8 mm) inclusive; ±8% for diameters 3/8 – 9/16 inches (10-14 mm) inclusive; ±5% for 5/8 inches (16 mm) diameter and larger. For Example: 1/4" rope can be .225" to .275" in diameter and still be within tolerance.

  6. Bends interfere with stress distribution in fibers. • Always use thimbles in rope eyes. Thimbles cut down on wear and stress. • Keep sling angles at more than 45°. Lower angles can dramatically increase the load on each leg (Figure 1.6). The same is true with wire rope slings. • Never use fiber rope near welding or flame cutting.

  7. Feb 23, 2021 · The best rope for tying basic types of knots is nylon rope because of its synthetic fiber. If you want to tie more intricate knots, the best rope for that is manila rope as the rope can hold knots well. The worst rope for knot-tying is polypropylene. 8. Tie-downs Source: For tie-downs, nylon is definitely the perfect option.

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