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#89311 - 03/24/07 01:59 AM Silly question regarding paracord
MichaelJ07 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/06
Posts: 101
Loc: Michigan, USA
We have a 1000 ft roll of paracord. We are wondering what would be the most effective lengths to cut into. We realize most hanks come in 100 ft lengths, but what do you folks cut yours into AFTER that for practical use in the out-of-doors?

I told you in the Subject line it was a silly question!

Thanks for yer time!
Michael & Son
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#89314 - 03/24/07 02:13 AM Re: Silly question regarding paracord [Re: MichaelJ07]
samhain Offline
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I don't believe there is a such a thing as a silly question.

I buy mine in the 50 foot sections that I get a the local sporting goods store because that's what's readily available when I want it.

I keep it in that length until I need it for something and then let necessity determine what length I need.

If I end up buying a bulk spool of it in the future (not a bad idea), I will probably cut off a few 50 foot sections to carry mostly because that's what I'm used to dealing with.

(we Homo sapiens are consistent if not anything)

I'm always open to suggestions though.

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#89315 - 03/24/07 02:15 AM Re: Silly question regarding paracord [Re: MichaelJ07]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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This has been discussed here more than once, and you will probably find quite a few opinions. A couple of 25 footers will satisfy many folks, with some special cut to length if you carry a tarp or any other type of shelter. That way, when it comes time to rig up some cover, you already have the pieces ready to go...
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#89320 - 03/24/07 03:04 AM Re: Silly question regarding paracord [Re: OldBaldGuy]
KenK Offline
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Loc: NE Illinois
As you might have suspected, each answer is unique. I tend to buy 100 foot hanks of the delightful orange paracord from countycomm.com.

I'll cut a 100' hank into six 16+' lengths for most uses and then cut one 100' hank into two 50' lengths. Each length is wrapped around my palm and tied off to make a nice little easy-to-handle bundle, though the 50' lengths are a bit harder to handle. I'll usually carry at least 6-12 16+' lengths and the two 50' lengths when out camping.

The 16+' lengths are VERY easy to unravel and by far get the most regular use while camping to tie stuff together, to lash logs, or as storm guys on tents. The 50' lengths are primarily used as clothes lines and for hoisting the flag into a tree.

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#89326 - 03/24/07 03:56 AM Re: Silly question regarding paracord [Re: KenK]
MichaelJ07 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/06
Posts: 101
Loc: Michigan, USA
The responses are great and have helped us a whole happy bunch. Thanks for your input! I really appreciate your help.

Michael & Michael
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#89334 - 03/24/07 04:58 AM 100' of paracord... [Re: MichaelJ07]
ZenEngineer Offline
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Registered: 09/15/06
Posts: 86
Loc: Northern California
I buy paracord in 100' lengths, then crochet it into a 9"x7" square, which can easily be stored in a pack or a car. The crochet makes it like a very tight daisy chain. Then when I need some I just pull off how much I need and cut.

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#89335 - 03/24/07 05:13 AM Re: 100' of paracord... [Re: ZenEngineer]
smitty Offline
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Registered: 11/01/06
Posts: 97
Loc: Missouri
Originally Posted By: ZenEngineer
I buy paracord in 100' lengths, then crochet it into a 9"x7" square, which can easily be stored in a pack or a car. The crochet makes it like a very tight daisy chain. Then when I need some I just pull off how much I need and cut.


Zen....
Could you possibly post some pics of this?

Thanks,

smitty

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#89337 - 03/24/07 08:18 AM Re: Silly question regarding paracord [Re: MichaelJ07]
Raspy Offline
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Registered: 01/08/04
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Loc: Centre Hall Pa
I made a belt using the Slatt's Rescue belt knot and paracord. It is 7 stitches wide and 54 inches long. It holds 150 feet of cord.
Knot
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#89338 - 03/24/07 09:33 AM Re: Silly question regarding paracord [Re: Raspy]
balrog Offline


Registered: 06/16/06
Posts: 13
On our tarps that we use for shelters have paracords on all of the grommets that stay attached even during storage. Usually about two to three arm spans.

50 feet is pretty managable. I was taught to never cut a rope unless you absolutely needed to. This is especially true for temporary setups like a clothes line. Our troop had some metal buckets with various lengths of rope with whipped ends. If you got off your butt and dug through the can you could probably find the length you needed. The rule was if you cut a rope you had to whip the two ends that you cut.

For long lengths of cord, I coil most of it neatly then wrap a bird's nest/daisy chan around the coil to keep it neat. For shorter lengths you can wrap it like a hayanawa.

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#89342 - 03/24/07 11:23 AM Re: Silly question regarding paracord [Re: MichaelJ07]
norad45 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 1506
I find myself cutting about 20' lengths for carry while hiking, otherwise I leave it in the 100' sections that I buy it in.

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