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How Do You Coil a Rope?


Step 1: Untie any knots in the rope and shake the rope out, feeling which way it wants to go. Starting at one end, begin to lay successive coils of rope on the ground.

Step 2: Continue to lay coils neatly and the same size, so that each coil lies slightly inside the previous one. Use your foot to hold the coils. If the surface is dirty, form the coil in your hand.

Step 3: To secure the coil in your hand, turn back the end of the inner coil to form a loop 30-35 cm (12-14 in) long.

Step 4: Holding the main coil in your hand, wind the end of the outer coil around it, going over the loop you made in Step 3 but leave the loop’s end free.

Step 5: Finish winding the rope around after about 10 cm (4 in) of close lashing, leaving 3 cm (1 in) of loop protruding from the coiled lashing.

Step 6: Pass the end of the rope through the loop. Pull the rope-end as firmly as possible to get it tight. The lashing serves as a “carrying handle” for the coil.

Step 7: Pull the end of the rope that forms the loop. This will pull the loop under the lashing and secure it.

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