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    Re: Knot Question
    From: UNK
    Date: 2004 Aug 12, 14:16 -0400

    On Thursday, August 12, 2004 1:13 PM, Brooke Clarke asked:
    > I would like to plumb a number of antenna masts by adjusting the
    > length of the 3 parachute cord guy ropes that are staked into the
    > ground.  Is there a knot that would allow adjusting the length of
    > the line, yet would hold fast?
    
    Bill Noyce replied:
    > The Boy Scouts teach the "tautline" hitch for this purpose.
    > First hit from Google had nice pictures:
    > http://www.iland.net/~jbritton/tautlinehitch.htm
    
    The tautline hitch (and its cousins the rolling and midshipman's hitches) is
    great for temporary work; fine for tent guys; a lifesaver for taking the
    load off a sheet or halyard that's jammed on a winch. I'd be leary of using
    it long-term, especially on parachute cord. If you can, I'd use the tautline
    hitches to get your masts plumb, but then use switch to bowlines, anchor
    bends, or such. If you can't do that without upsetting your adjustments, try
    a tight seizing around the loop at the stake to add some extra friction.
    
     -- Peter
    
    
    

       
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