Rigging Stuff Up for Outdoors and Survival Life


How to rig a hammock?

By on December 30, 2016 in ropes with 0 Comments

Hammocks are very important,not only when you wanted to go out camping but it is also essential in your home. Placing it at your patio creates a comfortable and relaxing environment which feels like you are being cradled like a baby with the touch of the fresh breeze.That is why bringing hammocks when going out for a camp or a vacation is quite traditional. However, not all are well pleased and sufficed using the hammock if it is not properly rigged well on their area of comfort.

Though it is quite a small thing to argue, there are still some people who wanted to have the perfect spot for them to rig the hammock. Spotting the perfect place is not enough. You still have to consider a lot of factors before you lie down and relax. These are just simple factors for you to keep safe which are as follows:

First step – always consider the length. Borrowing a hammock from a friend is good but always consider your height. If your friend is smaller than you, better yet to have second thoughts. The length of the hammock should be a bit longer than you are to promote comfort and for you to have some room to stretch. The ridgeline length of the hammock should be at least 108 inches including the sagging part.

Secondly –Make sure it is made from robust material and always consider its distance from the ground. A hammock that perfectly fits your height is not enough. Make sure that it s durable enough to hold and sustain you weight. Hammocks that are a bit closer to the ground are a big no, no! You will be prone to falling and even damaging the hammock due to constant contact leading to friction from the ground. Being high enough is also not good because the possibility of you to fall is high which can cause you fracture if accidents happen. The most advisable sit height is 18 feet from the ground, so set it to the right measurement before it gets too late.

Third –The length of the rope straps. The rope straps also have the right measurement which is at least 41 to 42 inches. This allows room for suspension and for your safety as well while the air is swinging you around.

Lastly – The hanging proper. Depending on the location that we are in, always choose the perfect spot which is safe. If you are on the beach, most people have the perception to automatically tie it on the body of the coconut tree. This idea is really nice; just make sure that there are no coconut fruits hanging on top. Tendencies are if a strong breeze of air strikes in, there is a possibility of a fruit to drop which may hit you. So, always survey the scene and keep safe.

A hammock always brings in good relaxation. Just keep in mind the above reminders in rigging a hammock for your own safety and not to ruin your vacation.

How to Rig a Lean To

How to Rig a Lean To

By on July 25, 2016 in kayaks, ropes with 0 Comments


Building a lean to involves a useful set of skills. People might want to build a lean to for many different reasons. Some people are trying to add more space to their storage sheds, and a lean to makes for a comparatively easy type of addition. Other people might want to build something more like a lean to as a form of shelter while camping. Either way, the skills involved are fairly similar. Still, people who are building a lean to while camping are probably not going to be able to take as many tools with them, and they might have to improvise with some of the available materials.

Camping and Building a Lean To

Building a lean to while camping is going to be that much easier if people are able to use a tree as a support structure. Some people will actually use two thin trees that are close together and spaced correctly as supports for their lean to structures, which can cause the lean to structures to be much more stable.

Lean to structures are made from sticks when people make them during a camping trip. Long and thick sticks are good to use as building materials, but people cannot use sticks that are too thick or too heavy or they are going to cause the structure to collapse. It is important to choose a bunch of sticks that are similar in terms of size, length, and thickness. These are going to work comparatively well as building materials. If people do not have trees to use, then they are going to need to select two thick sticks as their supports. A longer third stick can be used in order to complete the support that will hold up the makeshift roof of the lean to.

It’s a good idea for people to bring materials to fasten the sticks together. Some simple rope materials will usually suffice. Some people might use leather or rawhide. People who know how to make rope using weeds or tree branches can use that. It depends upon how far they want to go in their use of natural materials.

Building a Storage Lean To

People are going to need to decide if they want an open or closed lean to as a household addition. The open ones are just going to consist of a roof and two supports. The closed ones will have the same basic structure, but they will also have walls and a door. Moisture is more of a problem for these outdoor structures, so people should be sure to choose types of materials that are more moisture resistant.

Building a lean to is going to be easier than building most other additions to the house. Some people will need permits for them, but it should be easier to secure permits for lean to structures than for other additions. Building a lean to for the sake of storage is one of the easier woodworking projects people will complete, and one of the most rewarding.

The Flexible And Life-Saving Uses Of Paracord

The Flexible And Life-Saving Uses Of Paracord

By on April 21, 2016 in ropes with 0 Comments


Paracord, also called 550 cord is a nylon kermantle rope initially utilized as suspension lines of US parachutes. Once in the field, US Soldiers discovered this string valuable for some different errands. It is presently utilized as a universally useful utility rope by both military work force and regular people who perceive the one of a kind development of the paracord.

The external sheath development is firmly interlaced permitting it to seem smooth in surface and agreeable to wear against the body. This interesting characteristic has been powerful in the across the board acknowledgment of paracord for standard use, where it has been designed for extra making in wristbands, bottle holders and blade sleeves. This has prompted the assembling of paracord as a universally useful utility rope for both military and numerous regular citizen

Today the cord is being used by military personal and many civilians for many reasons but paratroopers might have been the first people to discover the abundance of uses for this effective cording. Apart from the obvious use as being used for a parachute cord, the military services uses the cording for anything from shoelaces to tying up heavy equipment when moving. The cord can also be used in situations where measurements are needed and could also be employed as fishing line when the thinner core strands are taken out.\

Paracord Used in Space by Astronauts

The Hubble Space Telescope was even repaired utilizing some form of parachute cord the astronauts used. If so, then how fantastic is it that the useful cord is now offered to anyone? Many members of scout troops and avid survivalists have been creating paracord bracelets these days to be prepared for just about any emergency.

The functionality of such bracelets could come into question. How can one long length of parachute line really make a difference in a survival predicament? You can in fact find many ways that a parachute cord have been put to good use in emergencies by doing a little research and some imaginative rigging. The cord can be pulled apart and used to secure branches together to make a shelter if you find yourself lost in the woods with no shelter from the elements. This protection from the elements could be extremely important in a survival situation. Yet another example of a common use is to repair broken equipment or to use strands of it to sew tears in clothing. The strong and waterproof cord could be used as a clothes line or to hold food up out from the reach of bears. Other uses include things like first day emergency situations where a sling or splint is needed and nothing else in anywhere near.

The paracord bracelet is becoming very popular these days and represents a trend that has more to do with safety and survival than it does with fashion. So, exactly what is the cord and why are so many people wearing the cords on their wrists? Is it life saving like people believe? If so, just how could you put it to use to save a life? The answers to these questions (and putting those answers into use) just might mean the real difference between life and death for you or someone you love.

How to Rig a Diving Raft

How to Rig a Diving Raft

By on December 15, 2015 in diving, ropes with 0 Comments

Are you a fan of scuba diving? If so then, you might be interested in building your own diving raft. It’s basically a collection of planks and a floating tool that is used as a launching pad. Besides using the raft for scuba diving you can also use it for other water sports such as deep-water swimming and fishing. Here are some helpful tips for constructing them:

  1. Decide if you want to anchor the raft

This is one option. Another option is to let the raft freely drift. There are various factors to consider when choosing which option is best for your needs. However, one of the most critical ones is where you’ll be scuba diving. If the water isn’t deep enough for scuba diving, then you’ll definitely want to have the option of allowing the raft to drift freely. However, if you want to dive near the shore, then you should consider attaching it to a pier or similar structure.

  1. Consider important design issues

Before you start building your design, make sure that you deal with important issues related to its design. For example, which building materials will you use? There are many options, but wood is definitely one of the best choices, due to its low density. However, there are other options so it’s critical to consider various issues such as their density and buoyancy. Another critical factor to take into consideration is the floating mechanism that’s used on the raft. In particular, it should be able to sustain both the weight of the people on the raft, and the raft itself.

  1. Secure all materials and tools before starting

While this sounds like conventional wisdom, it’s surprising how many people start constructing rafts before taking the basic step. Some of the key materials and tools you’ll likely need include:

  • Treated lumber
  • Pressure-treated boards
  • Large plastic barrels
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Rope/Nails/Braces/Clamps

Purchasing all materials and tools online will make the entire process much easier, as you can get them via one-stop shopping.

  1. Build the raft close to a big body of water

This solves various issues. It will reduce the cost of transporting the raft to the lake, sea, etc. It will make it easier to test the diving raft, as you’ll be by the body of water to make it easier.

  1. Construct the raft by using a step-by-step process

The steps will vary based on the tap of raft you build. However, the general steps will be to build the frame, construct the frame supports, attach the floating barrels, adjust the platform, and install an aluminum ladder.

6.  Have the raft inspected before using it

This is critical as it might seem that you’ve constructed a sturdy raft, but then discover that it’s unstable. It’s critical to have an expert check out the raft, in order to be 100% certain. The time to learn if there are any needed tweaks is before you take out the raft for scuba diving, rather than when you’ve already started using it.

What is Rigging?

What is Rigging?

By on November 10, 2015 in ropes with 0 Comments

Transporting and getting an object from one point to another can be quite challenging most especially if this thing comes is a massive weight. Say for an instance,a fishing vessel needs some repair which requires it to be moved from point A to point B. The process of doing this form of transportation could be very impossible if there is nothing that can support the transfer. To make this process successful though, we have to use something to support the transfer which could be a tackle, chain or rope systemand this is what we called rigging.

In short, rigging serves as a material to sustain and support transportation making an upkeep or construction even more possible. Rigging however may vary depending on the type of materials used. The common ones are chains, slings, shackles, knotted ropes, hoist and hooks. These materials should be durable enough to sustain and withstand the weight of the object it carries. If you are to conceptualize the process, you will understand that it involves a lot of danger and is hazardous. This is because of these rigs fail, the lives of the rigger (surrounding workers) doing the repair will be at risk, then, you know what will happen next.

Before a rigging task is done, it is very important to conduct a seminar most especially if the riggers are new. A simple seminar will help them understand the mechanics, whereabouts and the dos and don’ts in doing the job. The seminar should cover certain areas to enhance the knowledge of the riggers like the following:

  • What to expect
  • What are the hazards involved
  • Roles specifics
  • The responsibilities that each one has to commit
  • To enhance the ability to identify the materials used as well as its capacity
  • Learning the different modes of communication used to avoid misunderstanding
  • Being familiarized with the specific weights of the materials
  • Techniques on how to attach and disconnect the rig


Learning these basics is not enough if they don’t have any idea about the specifics to avoid breakdown of the materials. That is why regular check up of the rigging equipments and gears should be highlighted to make sure that they are capable and safe to do the next task. Also, keep in mind that every rigging materials have their own capacity to maintain that is why overloading is a big no, no. With this routine, you can also check if a part or equipment is defective, thus it’s time for you to condemn it or to change it before using.

In general, rigging task involves a lot of risk and danger that is why it is very important to know the basics and be cautious all the time. Also, it is necessary for the rigger to be trained in various fields aside from attending seminars alone.A trained rigger knows how to anticipate whether there will be an impending danger or none; they are familiar with the different rigging equipment and techniques which will make the job efficient and perfect; they know the weight capacity of each material creating and promoting a safer working environment is therefore guaranteed.

How to Rig a Pulley System

How to Rig a Pulley System

By on November 4, 2015 in ropes with 0 Comments

Here’s another quick and cool rigging how-to from Trimer Rigger!

You never know when you’ll need to haul, lift or hang something in whatever kind of environment you’re in.  Maybe you wanna’ hang a deer from a tree or just need to move some big timber.  Shit, maybe you’re just moving that old engine that’s been sitting around in your garage that you’ve told everyone that’s come over for the past 5 years that “you’re working on”.  Or maybe you’re just looking for a great way to move, hang and store your kayak, canoes or bikes in the garage. Whatever the case, you just don’t know when knowing how to rig a pulley hoist will come in handy.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Drill and Bit (Manual bore drill if outside)
  • Pliers
  • 2 screw in hooks
  • Double Pulley
  • 2 single pulleys
  • Rope or cord
  • 2 carabiners

Note:  The size, strength and diameters of the above tools are relevant to the size and strength of the pulley you’re looking to construct.  Plainly said, “what are you trying to move with your pulley”?

How to Rig a Pulley Hoist

  1. Find two cross-beams (or similar cross branches in a sturdy tree if you’re outside) that you can effectively secure the screw in hooks. Drill or bore a pilot hole that is smaller than the diameter or the screw in hooks.
  2. Screw hooks into beams or branches until flushness with object. Ensure that it is secure by doing a hand torque with pliers or vise grips.
  3. Hang your double pulley on one of the hooks you just installed and, obviously, use the other hook to hang a single pulley.
  4. Feed your rope or cord through one side of the hanging double-pulley and pull down so that you can easily get to and work with it.
  5. The next feed of the rope is through a single pulley inverted, so that the eye of the single that is on top is now on the bottoom. Attach the carabiner and then feed the end of the rope or cord through the double pulley that is without rope or cord and then pull it through the hanging singel pulley that you put on the other hook.
  6. Put the free end of the cord or rope through the single pulley that hanging on the hook. Pull 12 to 24 inches of rope or cord down past the pulley. Double the rope or cord several inches from the end to form a working loop. Tie a simple overhand knot to secure the loop in the end of the rope or cord. Attach a carabiner to the loop.
  7. Connect the carabiners to the deer, bear, tree log, kayak, canoe, bike or other object in equally spaced points that you’re trying to move or store. Pull the rope through the pulley hoist to raise the object to the ceiling. Securely tie off the rope to hold the object suspended from the pulley hoist.

Rig hardy, my friends…