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David: Tying Short Ropes Together
Q: I don't always have a rope that's long enough. Is there ?a way to securely, but temporarily, tie together short lengths of rope?
?William Wildman, Marlton, N.J.
A: Knots that join ropes together are called bends. My favorite one is a sheet bend, which is easy to tie and won't slip. Unlike the commonly used square knot, sheet bends are especially handy for joining ropes of different diameters, and they're easy to untie after being under a lot of tension.
Tying Short Ropes Together: Step 11.
Bend the end of one rope (A) into a loop, called a bight. Feed the end of the other rope (B) up through the loop and behind both its legs.
Tying Short Ropes Together: Step 2
2. Lead the end of rope B so that it goes across the top of the bight and then under itself. Tighten by pulling both standing ends. Leave at least 1 inch of rope B beyond the bight.