A simple paracord trick

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  1. Longbeard

    Longbeard Continental Drifter Bushclass III

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    Tom Lutyens showed this at the fall 88Tactical bushcraft meet. I had never seen it before and thought it was cool. He said he learned it from locals in the Phillipines.
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    It goes like this: If you have a length of 550 paracord, but it's too short for your needs, you can almost double it's length. This one is a yard long.
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    You simply pull the core threads out, but not all the way. Leave about 3-4 inches still inside, then tie an overhand knot where they are still overlapped inside. That leaves you with almost twice as much cordage. Thanks Tom.

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  2. mainewoods

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    Great trick to know ! Thanks for sharing.
     
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  3. Subdood

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    Now that's ingenious. A definite "how come Ididnt think of that!"
     
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    Yeah, some things are so simple that they amaze me. This is one, thanks for sharing.
     
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    I am no longer "six inches too short of rope",,, thanks for sharing
     
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    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are."
    hello,
    I don't wish to rain on anyone's parade or be blasé :8: we were taught that in the Forces for laying night fishing lines with a hook added to each strand of inner cord. The type used (dark green paracord) outers attached as a bank line to a fixing low in the water, it's less conspicuous & the hooks are then each baited with whatever bait is resourced. Thanks for the reminder. :)
    Regards
    David
     
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    We didn't get to do much fishing from the Boat (Submarine). They sort of frowned on opening hull penetrations. ;):54::4:
     
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    I tried fishing from a boat once (cruise ship), but security personnel informed me that it wasn't allowed. :)
    I like the idea of this trick for fishing!
     
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    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are."
    hello Subdood,
    I'm sure you could have lashed a length of nylon line from the aft of the submarine & retrieved it when you surfaced :rolleyes: LOL.
    Regards
    David
     
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    Subdood Ex-bubblehead Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Maybe,but if I got caught messing with the screw...I shudder to think. I can hear it now.
    Capt. "What F%#@& MORON put a fishing line ON MY SUBMARINE!!!???"
    Me: "Ummm, well, uh, I guess that would be me Sir."
    Capt. "Just tell me one thing then you (string of comments on all of my moral, familial, lack of intellectual abilities, shortcomings and expletives deleted), why did you do it?"
    Me: "I wanted some sushi! :4:"
    Capt. "stick him in Tube #4!!!!"

    :3:
     
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    hello Subdood,
    ..followed by a few kisses from the Gunner's Daughter. :17: Ouch!
    Regards
    David
     
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    Handy tip. Depending on how much lashing you need and what the strength requirement is, you could also knot all the inner stands end to end.
     
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