A cargo net is one of the most used types of the net which is usually square, rectangle and most often round. It is a thick rope with cinch ropes that extends from the corner. As the name suggests it is used for transferring cargo back and forth from ships. It helps in loading and unloading the cargo. Cargo nets are very efficacious and easy to work with. Know about How To Tie A Truck Bed Cargo Net in this article.
Other uses of cargo net includes :
- It serves an equal purpose in climbing which is mostly used during the military training, pulling a heavy object through the cranes or any machinery.
- Heavy-duty bungee cargo nets are used in trucks like that from Ford, Toyota, Yakima to cover over items in the truck and keep the objects at its place. It is just like a spider web which is easy to use and is easily available. It is super stretchable and can be attached to the tailgate of the truck in the posterior part and door locks in the anterior part of the truck.
- In maritime situations where a ship needs instant unloading, in outdoors, loading goods in ships.
- In adventurous sports like bungee jumping to avoid accidents.
Now, the question that arises is how to tie a truck bed cargo net?
Tying a cargo net is a simple procedure and depending on the height, length and width of the rope different types of knots can be used to tie the cargo net and make it strong. More often simple knots are tied together to form the whole net.
1) Start With The Horizontal Cord
Take a rope and put it in the horizontal direction, after that take a pile of cut lengths of rope which should be around two times the lengths of the horizontal cord, more the length of vertical ropes more will be the length of the whole cargo net. So choose the length according to your need and requirement of kind of objects you need to carry. Suspend the horizontal rope by tying it to some branch or to a pole or any place where you could tie its two ends to make it easy to work. Take a rope one by one, grab it from the centre and use lark’s head ( a type of knot which comprises a pair of half hitches tied in the opposite direction, also known as cows hitch) to attach it to the baseline (i.e. the suspended horizontal rope). Lark’s head (also known as girth or cow hitch) or Prusik knot ( which is friction Knot that is used to attach a loop of cord around a rope) can also be used as the primary step of tying the cut length ropes to the baseline rope. Make sure to add lines every few inches which depend on your required spacing.
2) Wall of Doubled Up Ropes
After creating some length of knots you have now a wall of doubled up ropes. Now make an estimation of how long you want to each cell which should serve the purpose of your requirement or overhand who adjacent ropes which should extend from one side of the lark’s head to a different lark’s head), or just simply use a sheet bend. Sheet bends are mostly traditional but when you need a short net overhand method is one of the easiest to work fast.
It’s an additional procedure to just to make the cargo net more symmetrical, not entirely required to follow if you don’t want to. The procedure includes adding the taut guide ropes on the sides and measure out the cells on those. Tie a rope to each and it would work as a guide in measuring the length, height, width of the cells and it is more accessible and facile.
4) Using A Shuttle To Build The Net
When you require longer nets use a shuttle with a rope on it. Just tie a single strand to your baseline, and use a shuttle with a rope on it. If you double the width of your vertical single rope ( cut lengths which we used to tie to the baseline horizontal rope), you can tie your shuttle to the baseline in between, and tie a ‘run’ all the way down. Continue till you reach the required length of the net. The standard method includes tying all the ropes along the width and then adds length as you move down the rows. Usually, this type of knot binding would give a chain length fence appearance.
Another method is to tie with the loops. It does not require cutting, but the only challenge is to maintain asymmetry, which is most of the time difficult and requires an additional amount of time and effort. Also, you need to keep each loop equal which means exactly the same, if you happen to make some error in deciding the length of the loop; the formed net would have weird sized cells and would be not as efficacious as other nets would be. So, the prior method is better to use single-handedly to tie a cargo net in a short period of time.
This article tries to share as much as possible about how to tie a truck bed cargo net?. The whole procedure of tying a cargo net depends solely on the type of knots, how well you have tied them and the accurate estimated length of the vertical ropes for the better cell size. You just need to tie as per the instructions above and expand according to your required length.