Thread: Knot for securing loads
14th Sep 2007, 12:40 PM #1
Knot for securing loads
There is a knot that is commonly used to secure loads on trailers/utes and trucks where the ends of the rope can be pulled to tighten the tension. Does anyone know the name of the knot and how to tie it?
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14th Sep 2007, 12:50 PM #2
It's a truckie's hitch
http://www.pnc.com.au/~wells/Knots.html (down the page a bit)
It's easier to be shown than to have to work it out, but have a go.
14th Sep 2007, 01:02 PM #3
.... "Don't tell him your name Pike!"
14th Sep 2007, 01:19 PM #4
Yep..that's it, the truckies hitch...now to give it a go!!
14th Sep 2007, 01:21 PM #5
Yep truckie's hitch is the one you want. Midge's first link is the one I use."I don't practice what I preach because I'm not the kind of person I'm preaching to."
14th Sep 2007, 03:22 PM #6
Its called a half hitch, if you double it up, its a double half hitch.
It was very popular before the web type ropes came into use.
14th Sep 2007, 04:03 PM #7
Sorry keithvan, a half hitch (or a double half hitch) is what some would use to tie the other end before tensioning the line.
For me, I always use a bowline, as it can be undone no matter how much tension has been on it.
14th Sep 2007, 04:20 PM #8
Whilst a truckis hitch has been around since rope rails, and secured brazillions of loads succesfully, it is not the most goodest knot which can be used.
The mostest correct knot is a running bowline on the bight.Boring signature time again!
14th Sep 2007, 04:36 PM #9
True, oh King! Now find a pic of one!
14th Sep 2007, 06:09 PM #10
See Attached, sorry the flash wasn't working too well.Boring signature time again!
15th Sep 2007, 10:50 AM #11
A trukies hitch like everyone else has said, another knot and simple but very effective on the opposite side is a clove hitch, bowline like Bittingmidge said works just as well.
Oh the many hours spent at night learning how to tie knots from my Dad who was a scout in the days when scouts were scouts and carried knives and did real scout things. I could never get my head around how to do a sheep shank.
All I can remember now is a clove hitch, bowline, reef knot and a truckies hitch. Wish i could remeber all the rest of the ones he tried in vain to teach me.I make things, I just take a long time.
15th Sep 2007, 11:18 AM #12.
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I like the truckies hitch, but for some reason I just can't teach a certain person how to do it. But as an alternative for someone knotingly challenged, if you make a make a loop in the rope with a figure of eight knot, in the same place as you would do the hitch, then pass the working end through that you have created the same effect as the truckies hitch.
15th Sep 2007, 12:17 PM #13
video of the knot i use
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNWELuXo_bY&mode=related&search"]YouTube - How to tie a Trucker's Hitch[/ame]=
16th Sep 2007, 01:15 PM #14
The truckies hitch in Midge's first link is different to the one in batcat's movie (it's not just the number of times the top loop is twisted either). Which one is the real one?
And where does that leave you if you (like me) tie it like Midge's link but twist the top loop three times like batcat's vid?Dan
16th Sep 2007, 09:47 PM #15
I think what 'emptybucketman' needs is the truckies knot (or hay hitch) as described in bitingmidge's 2nd link (scroll down page).
In the video we see a more stable loop, sometime people put more than the half hitch shown in bitingmidge's link because the half hitch has a tendancy to slip out and you end up on your BTM.
For anyone over 50, my dad taught me this knot when we tied down rolls of coir? matting -used to cover cricket pitches, in a trailer.
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