What Kind of Rope Floats? What is Manila Rope Made From? And Other Rope Questions Answered

Our sales team receives lots of questions about rope :  types, uses, strength, etc. so we thought it would be best to list the most common inquiries we receive and list the answers here.

Q. What is manila rope made from?

Manila rope Manila rope is manufactured from a plant native to the Philippines- the abaca plant- which is how it gets its name. It’s also sometimes called hemp rope or sisal rope because it is made of hemp fibers. The all natural fibers make it absorbent, but it stretches very little so it’s great for making a rope ladder, landscaping, obstacle courses, etc. Manilla rope holds a knot extremely well so it also makes a great tug of war rope. Its water absorbency also makes it prone to mildew and it can shrink up to 15% when wet.

 

Q. What kind of rope floats?

Polypropylene rope Often called pool rope or ski rope, polypropylene rope is a synthetic  that’s very lightweight so it will not sink in water. Since it doesn’t absorb water, it resists rot, mildew, oils, acids, etc. Polypropylene can stretch when under load and can be uncomfortable to handle since it is stiffer than a natural fiber. Polypropylene is sometimes mistaken for parachute cord (also called paracord or 550 cord), however, that is a nylon general purpose utility cord with a smoother texture.

 

Q. Does polyester rope stretch?

Polyester rope Polyester rope is very similar to nylon but it does not stretch as much as a nylon. The lack of stretch makes it great for uses where stretching would be dangerous: tug ropes, tree ropes, etc. Polyester keeps its strength even when wet and is very resistant to mildew, rot, etc. We sell three different constructions: diamond braid, solid braid and twisted.

 

 

Q. What is cotton rope used for?

cotton rope  Cotton rope offers less strength than other ropes but its softness makes it much more comfortable to handle. We generally suggest cotton for lightweight applications such as for tents, pet toys, awnings, making a hammock stand, etc. Natural cotton rope does hold up better than some synthetic ropes to UV rays so it can be better choice for outdoor uses if it will be subjected to sun exposure outside.

 

 

Q. What is the best rope for climbing?

iStock_000019326943XSmall  We get this question a lot- along with how to choose a carabiner for climbing. Because climbing is  not  something we recommend with our rope and carabiner clips, we cannot offer any suggestions. Our products are not designed for climbing; we prefer our customers contact an expert in climbing supplies for the best advice!

Q & A with the Sales Team

Our latest installment of Q&A includes more of the most common questions we hear from our US Cargo Control customers. If you have a question about any of our products, shipping, prices, or custom orders, give us a call at 866-444-9990.

What are D rings?
D-rings will vary by industry but our d rings are for use in tie down applications. Designs will vary slightly and include:

Flush mount D rings

Flush mount D rings are ideal for transporting motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and other lighter weight vehicles that have multiple points for trailer tie downs. Flush mount means the flat part of the fitting mounts flush against the surface.

 

Recessed D rings

Also great for lighter weight vehicles, but these are installed below the surface of the floor or wall so they lie flat when not in use. They do require creating a hole in the floor or wall to fit properly.

 

 

Rotating pan D rings

As the name implies, these rotate 360 degrees to offer more versatility for anchor points.

 

 

Weld-on D rings

Crafted in forged steel with a with a weld-on bracket that allows the ring to rotate 180 degrees.

 

 

Why are endless round slings different colors?

Polyester endless round slings have a colored jacket that indicates its strength. This design feature makes it easy to see at a glance by color just how strong the sling is. Colors range from purple (least amount of strength) to black (strongest). While the color coding is an industry standard, if you are replacing a sling, it’s a good idea to check the specifications to make sure the new sling is as strong as the sling you are replacing. 

It’s also important to note that the body diameter of the sling refers to the diameter of the polyester rope- not the colored CORDURA® fabric jacket.

 

Where to apply conspicuity tape?

Reflective tape- also called conspicuity tape– is required for tractor trailers to increase visibility to other drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has various regulations, some dependent on when the tractor trailer was manufactured. You can find excellent instructions and illustrations of trucks with conspicuity tape at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/consp.pdf

How Much Do Large Rubber Bands Stretch?

Big rubber bands
Large Rubber Band: 30″

Our extra large rubber bands for moving are measured flat, and will stretch to approximately twice their length. We sell the big rubber bands in four different sizes. All are sold in a package of 12.

The great thing about buying rubber bands for moving is that they’re handy even after you’re all in and settled. Use them to secure box lids closed, or keep drawers or doors closed on chests, tool boxes, etc. Take them along camping or hunting to bundle supplies or keep cooler tops secure.

Need an even rubber band for moving or other application? Check out our pallet bands, available in three sizes:

72" Pallet Bands
72″ Pallet Bands