Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Do you offer samples of rope?
A: Offering ropes in a 'per foot' option allows customers to purchase custom lengths according to their specific needs. Please understand that some ropes may not be available for cutting and are only offered in predetermined lengths. This limitation could be due to the nature of the material or the manufacturing process involved. Customers can utilize the 'per foot' option to purchase rope samples by adding their desired length to the cart.
Q: What is splicing?
A: Splicing refers to a technique used to join or terminate ropes or lines without using knots. It involves weaving the strands of a rope together to create a strong, secure, and permanent connection. Splicing is commonly used in various applications, including sailing, climbing, arboriculture, and industrial rigging. For more information, see our Custom Splicing
The benefits of splicing over using knots include maintaining a smoother profile, minimizing bulk, preserving strength, and avoiding the potential for knots to jam or come undone under load. Additionally, splices can often be more reliable and efficient in maintaining the rope's strength compared to knots.
We offer this handmade service as an additional $30 for each eye. This fee covers the labor involved in creating the eye splice, as well as any additional length of rope required and the use of whipping twine. All splicing orders are non-refundable. The splicing service may require an additional 1-2 weeks to complete. This extended processing time accounts for the manual labor involved in splicing and ensuring the splice is secure and properly finished.
Q: What is the difference between a sewn eye and spliced eye?
A: A sewn eye and a spliced eye are two different methods of creating an eye loop in a rope.
A sewn eye involves using a sewing machine or hand stitching to create a loop by folding the rope back onto itself and stitching it in place. Sewn eyes are typically 1" so your device can pass through easily.
A spliced eye involves weaving the rope's own strands together to create a loop without the use of stitching or knots. Spliced eyes can range from 1" up to 36" - commonly used for marine applications, climbing, rigging, or situations requiring high-load capacities.
Q: If I order in the per foot option, will it be a continuous line?
A: Yes, by adding the length to the per foot box, you will receive one continuous line of that rope. If you need multiple lines of the same length, then simply add the length again and click add to cart.
Q: How do I order multiple lengths of the same rope?
A: In the per foot option, you will add the length desired and click Add to Cart for each line you need.
Q: Do you accept returns?
A: Please see our Returns page for more information.
Q: How do I create a tax exempt account?
A: If you require tax exempt, you can email your tax certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org using the email you will checkout with as accounts are associated with emails. We can mark your account tax free to purchase directly from our site.
Q: Do you offer expedited shipping?
A: Yes, you are able to choose an expedited shipping speed during checkout. Simply add the items to cart and proceed to checkout and the expedited options will appear.
Q: What is the difference between a double braid, solid braid & diamond braid?
A: Double braid ropes consist of a braided core (inner core) surrounded by a braided sheath (outer cover). Double braid ropes offer a combination of high strength, good flexibility, and durability. Double braid ropes are commonly used in various industries, including sailing, rigging, arboriculture, and general-purpose application.
Solid braid ropes have a consistent, tightly woven, and smooth construction with no core. The strands interlock with each other to create a dense and round rope. Solid braid ropes exhibit high strength, low stretch, and good knot-holding capabilities. Solid braid ropes often used in applications such as general utility purposes, flagpole halyards, marine uses
Diamond braid ropes are created by weaving strands in a diamond-shaped pattern, alternating over and under each other with a synthetic core. Applications in boating, camping, general-purpose use, and as lightweight utility cordage.
Q: What is the difference between static rope and dynamic rope?
A: The main difference between static rope and dynamic rope lies in their stretch characteristics and intended applications.
Static ropes also known as Kernmantle rope, have minimal stretch, typically less than 2%. This means they do not elongate significantly when under load, providing little to no dynamic energy absorption. Static ropes are extremely durable therefore very popular in Search & Rescue, Life Safety events. Static rope is the go-to for NFPA Certified, caving and tree saddle hunting.
Dynamic ropes are designed to have more significant stretch or elongation when under load, typically around 5% to 10% or even higher. This property allows them to absorb and dissipate the energy generated during falls, reducing the impact forces on the climber or the anchor points. Dynamic ropes are used by rappelers who prefer that extra elongation and bounce. These ropes are made to move, flex and stretch - ideal for activities involving lots of movement.
For more information on climbing ropes, terms like 'Dry Treatment', 'Bi-Pattern', SRT/DdRT click here: More about climbing ropes