Today’s Knot of the Week continues with coils and what I refer to as the Chain Sinnet. Other terms for this are Daisy Chain or Chain Plait, but no matter what it’s called, the result is as quick to coil as it is to undo.
You may have seen this commonly tied in extension cords to shorten them up and also provide a no-tangle solution while stored. I use this configuration at home to store my extension cords in and have never noticed that they degrade. Some argue that it affects them functionally, but I’ve only noticed that some of my older cords have developed a memory.
If you’re always wanting a perfectly straight extension cord when you uncoil it, this method might not be for you. However, cordage is the primary use for a Chain Sinnet and coiling your rope like this can make it easier to wash, if that’s something you’re looking for.
(Strength: 4/Security: 4/Stability: 4/Difficulty: 3) See below for what these ratings mean.
Each knot will be assigned a rating from 1-5 (1 representing the lowest score) based on the following four properties:
Strength – All knots will weaken the strength of a rope, however, there are knots that are stronger than others. The scale here will reflect how strong the rope remains with the specified knot.
Security – The security scale refers to how well the knot will stay tied, and resist coming loose under a normal load.
Stability – Stability refers to how easily the knot will come untied under an abnormal load (i.e. the knot being pulled in a direction it was not intended to) A lower score here represents instability.
Difficulty – The lower the number, the easier a knot is to tie.
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