The Figure-Eight Loom for Paracord Storage

Discussion in 'How To' started by asemery, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. asemery

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    There are many ways to store paracord to prevent tangles and allow acccess

    For shorter lengths the daisy chain
    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhzdCzFp9aY[/ame]

    For longer bits the doughnut makes a very attractive compact bundle but it takes a long time to set up.
    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG8x3Lku63I[/ame]

    I prefer the figure-eight lay out. It is easy to set up and easy to pull out exactly the amount that you need. This is usually tied around the thump and forefinger but I made a loom by drilling peg size holes in a piece of scrap lumber and placing a tie off (eye screw) a few inches away from the first hole. Board extends another few inches to right with another hole.
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    One peg goes in the first hole. By changing the position of the other peg I can adjust the size of the Figure -Eight. I will not show here how to make the figure-eight. Google to find many links
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    You can keep the loops on the loom when tying off the Working End. To deploy just pull on the end that was tied onto the eye screw.
     
  2. asemery

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    Using the loom to make flaking coils.
    If you google "flaking a rope" you will find that the procedure is used by both sailors and rock climbers to keep coils of rope untangled and ready for instant access. Here is a way to do the same with paracord so that the whole length is readily available.

    Leaving a 6" or so long tail wrap cord a couple of times around tie off point and bring cord to right up side A.
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    Bring cord to left crossing over to side A.
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    Bring cord to right up side B (do NOT cross over).
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    Now bring cord to left over to side B.
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    Continue in this manner - straight going from left to right and crossing over going from right to left.
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  3. asemery

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    When loom is full remove loops from right hand peg.
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    Grab the cords one hand at 1 and the other at 2 and gently pull apart - this will separate the cords at left hand peg.
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    Fold the bundle in half and wrap the tag end around and secure with half hitch.
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    To access cord undo the wrapping, hold the tag end and drop or toss the bundle into a empty (cat free) area
     
  4. Trab9000

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    You could always do a tamale to store cord up to about 50-75 feet. I do this with all of my shorter lengths of cord. Works great and if you wrap it in a rubber band when done, it works even better.

    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEcIGFffIvY[/ame]