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Question Roof Lifting In Wind

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4 months 3 weeks ago - 4 months 3 weeks ago #1795 by Jim Ford
Roof Lifting In Wind was created by Jim Ford
I've experimented with various ways of holding the roof down in high winds, mainly involving cords attached to short lengths of bungee elastic., but it's never been very satisfactory.

I was camping recently in The Roaches when Storm Calum struck. The cord plus elastic solution was insufficient to hold the roof down. I believe I now have a simple but satisfactory solution:

At one end of a nylon cord is fixed a plastic hook, which goes into the highest eyelet on the roof. The cord goes down and around one of the buttons on the body of the Dandy. The other end goes through the other eyelet and is fixed with a Trucker's Hitch. The hitch allows the cord to be easily tightened as much as is desired and is 100% secure, but easily undone. I use four of these cords, two for each side of the Dandy. Instructions for tying the Trucker's Hitch are readily found on the net.

A useful Android app showing how to tie the Trucker's Hitch and other knots, can be downloaded from here:

play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bt.bestknots

Jim
Last edit: 4 months 3 weeks ago by Jim Ford.
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4 months 3 weeks ago #1797 by Jim Ford
Replied by Jim Ford on topic Roof Lifting In Wind
Incidentally, I think that any method of holding the roof down with long 'bungee' elastics is not only ineffective in high winds, but more importantly is potentially dangerous. A lot of energy can be stored in a stretched bungee, and a slip when attaching one could cause serious injury with a loose end with a hook flailing around.

Jim

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