Nosedragger wrote:If this is a Masden rope ratchet, you'll need three braid 1/2" rope. I've used 14mm static line and it slips at about 500#s.
Exactly...and I just happened to have some 3 braid 1/2" laying around, perfect! Here's what I came up with:
I weighed the comalong as it came, 5 lb. 14 oz. After drilling lightening holes, cutting off un-needed structure, and otherwise applying aircraft style techniques in weight saving, it comes in at 4 lbs. 7 oz. With 30' of the 1/2" main rope the total is 6 lbs. Pictured, you can see the plastic handle and the snatch hook swivel I took off, and the lightening holes. I already carry about 30' of good tie down rope, which I can rig as needed to the 30' of 1/2". I really like the mule tape idea, (first time I heard it called that, learn something every day) that webbing stuff is super strong and light, as of now that is what I am going with for the additional 75' or so.....here's the deal: applying Murpheys Law, no matter how much length I have to reach a hard point, it will probably be 5' short, so at some point weight will determine how long of extra I choose to pack, a bit over 100' is about right I hope. Also pictured is another piece of equipment I have put to good use for some time now, my 1 lb. 3 oz hatchet I keep razor sharp, it makes quick work of any sage brush and is good for all kinds of other work. It's so sharp I am extremely careful when using it in a remote area.....and now use the 4 oz transport safety cover for it, but I will now bind it to the comalong with tape, and zip tie both to a fuselage member or get a light carry bag for both. The idea is not to have them in the hangar at home, but with me at all times except for perhaps very local flights with very fat people. I recently had occasion to wish I had had this setup, thankfully I had the hatchet, it saved the day
There will be no pictures concerning that little adventure, use your imagination, but all is well, now! BTW: I weighed my fence stretcher, 7 lbs 10z., but yeah that could be handy too, didn't even think of it, as less then 100 bucks was in the budget. All the mountaineering ideas are great also, thanks.
Being a certified rigger for the crane business, I savvy the mechanical advantages of 2,3 or 4 part lines via a pulley block, but I also like the simplicity of the single part line, especially working in brush etc. just less stuff to foul and tangle.