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backflop 06-24-2010 6:49 AM

Help with knotted rope
Last evening my family and I were out riding and after I fell and I was waiting for the handle to come by, I notice there was a knot about halfway in my rope. I tried getting it out on the spot, but it was already so tight from me riding on it that I could not manage to even loosen it. Does anybody know any tricks for removing knots from ropes? I think its a dyneema rope, it is from the proline LG rope/handle combo.

Thanks in advance for any help!

bhyatt_ohp 06-24-2010 7:03 AM

Loosen up and push the rope through the knot with small screwdrivers or whatever else. It takes a while and is a pain. I have had my current accurate line for 4 years now and probably have 5 or more knots that are there permanently. As the line ages, you wont care as much. Worry about learning a new trick instead of messing with your line for an hour.

mike3500 06-24-2010 7:29 AM

not sure what a dyneema rope is (cable?), but if there's a braid of any kind (rope) then i twist the rope so that the braid tightens, and try to push it through or play with it a little bit at a time. i also used a screwdriver, and maybe some needlenose. it took me less than an hour to get 3 out. i watched tv while doing so.

Walt 06-24-2010 7:46 AM

If it's a non coated line you can gently hit it with a hammer. It's not a bad idea to have one knot in the line though so I'd leave it.

strife 06-24-2010 8:19 AM


not sure what a dyneema rope is (cable?)
dyneema is a material. very strong, it has replaced kevlar in most situations.

06-24-2010 8:34 AM

thought a knot in the rope made the rope weaker? easy break point and that would suck being upsidedown!

wake77 06-24-2010 8:43 AM

^Someone posted that a knot in the line near the handle, would save injury in case of arm through the handle (rope breaks instead of arm). But a knot does make your line weaker. More than likely though the break would occur edging in/out when the most pressure is on the rope, or when you land a trick and the slack is taken out of the line.

petew 06-24-2010 8:47 AM

Yeah the knot is a weak point. 20 percent weaker to be precise. I have always lightly lossened it with a hammer as stated above but also use some washing liquid to help it work free (just cover the knot in liquid, tap, wriggle,tap,tap,wriggle, wriggle etc etc etc)

I have never had and fancy dyneema rope though? : )

backflop 06-24-2010 12:27 PM


Originally Posted by ScottRobinson (Post 1601163)
thought a knot in the rope made the rope weaker? easy break point and that would suck being upsidedown!

As my username states.... it usually doesn't go well when I'm upside down anyway....

I'll have to try the hammer trick with a little soap when I get home. If that doesn't work I guess I'll just have to live with it and call it a safety precaution. As @bhyatt_ohp said, its going to happen eventually, and I could be worrying about more important things.

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