DIY Tie-Down Loops - safety
Posted by: old_user on Dec-17-08 9:37 AM (EST)
Hello - this is just what my husband made for me a few years ago and it works great. (I met some people at a put-in who had done this and copied the idea.) He used seat-belt material, put a grommet in the ends end of the webbing, and used one of the engine bolts through the grommet (not adding a hole to the frame).
A safety note: in rescue rigging, we are trained never to use nylon on nylon, therefore I don't loop the nylon tie-down line through the nylon webbing loop. Instead I use a carabiner or a snap hook so it's nylon on metal on nylon. That way the two nylon items don't chafe and fray.
Thanks for promoting this great idea.
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Posted by: Rudyt on Dec-17-08 11:35 AM (EST)
This is a great idea. Gone are the days when you could just place a "S" hook under your car or truck and tie your canoe to it. I did the same with two cars that I own and it has work wonderfully. The belts just fold back under the hood or flop back into your trunk. I used body fender bolts. Took the bolts out, put the bolts through the webbing and replaced the bolts.
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Posted by: nmcfnp on Dec-18-08 7:39 PM (EST)
DIY is great--if you have the resources. I bought a similar set of tie-downs from Oak Orchid Canoe and Kayak in New York. They work just fine, were easy to install and inexpensive.
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Posted by: old_user on Dec-17-08 10:49 PM (EST)
Good point about the nylon vs nylon...I'll add that note to my next article on the matter. Thanks!
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Posted by: wavetamer on Jan-06-10 2:33 AM (EST)
Good point on nylon fraying....I constantly look for wear and tear on such things. So far nylon ropes and strap combo has not been a problem. I like the caribiner idea except when the end of the line slips out of your hand and dings the paint job on the car. All in all, such clips are a good idea and work well with knots to aid in tightening it all down.