Knots/Caring for cordage
Cordage is often expensive, and may be difficult to replace. For all cordage, there are some things you can do to maximize its lifespan:
- Protect cordage from rough treatment
- Do not stand on cordage, especially synthetics
- Keep cordage away from chemicals, oil, grease dirt and grit
- Avoid extremes of cold or heat
- Limit exposure to sunlight, even for UV-stable cordage
- Thoroughly wash and rinse your cordage regularly
- Keep natural fibre ropes dry
- Only short lengths of non-production rope should be folded; everything else should be coiled.
- Load-bearing cordage must be inspected regularly
- Look for cut or frayed fibres, wrinkled or ruptured sheath, glazing/fusing from thermal friction
- Even though the sheath is flawless, it may mask internal damage
- Keep a log for load-bearing cordage
- Cordage with a history of hard work, or severe shock-loading should be retired or downgraded
- Base your cordage life cycle on the specifications and the specific applications. Ask your vendor for assistance, if necessary, or get training.