Step 5: Nail It!

Go to the back of the tree where the rope is touching the tree. Then nail in lots of nails into the rope. The more you use the less likely it is to break so be generous. I used cable staples as well as nails but that is optional. When you are done release pressure on the winch and the rope should stay tight. if not try again and put more nails in.
Wow great instructible! I'd love to make one! <br>Oh also, I noticed a lot of people in the comments warning you about safety. <br>I agree with them but I think you get it! No need for them to repeat themselves! <br>Thanks again! <br>
Zip lines are great fun, but I&rsquo;d urge anyone else wanting to build one to think very carefully about their safety- as Zsthorian has quite rightly pointed out they can be very dangerous. Key things you probably want to consider; <br> <br>Get a responsible adult to help you <br>Use a rope of a known origin that you know the breaking strength of, and make sure it is adequate <br>Use a pulley that has a closed eye- not an open hook, so that the seat can&rsquo;t come off the hook. Make sure that the pulley is well rated for your weight- do not use ones without a weight rating or intended for things like clotheslines (try climbing shops or yacht chandlers) <br>Learn suitable knots before you start <br>When making the seat- make sure the support rope is very well secured to the plank- ideally feed through drilled holes <br>Secure the access ladder to the tree so you have a safe access to the seat <br>Think carefully about how you&rsquo;ll stop- there are ways to add braking, and you don&rsquo;t want to slam into a tree at the bottom end! <br>To be kind to the trees- you will probably want to pad out under the rope. This will avoid damaging the bark- the living part of the tree is just below the surface. Slacken off the rope when not using it for a time. <br> <br>There is some very good information in the UK Scout Factsheet on how to do this safely; <br>http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/facts/pdfs/fs120006.pdf <br>
this looks hella unsafe.
Just a FYI nailing into a rope that you found is not necessarily a good idea. Each nail breaks fibers on a tensioned rope and can cause the rope to fail under load. It may work in the mean time but your kind of exposing yourself to a bit of liability. A fall of greater then twice the height of a child can be fatal and if you add lateral motion to that there is a significant method of injury. Im not trying to be a downer on your fun but a metal cable that is properly anchored would be a better choice that is less likely to kill you.
you need to shorten the rope from the plank to the cable
yeah i agree
Cool! I have some friends that have a zipline.I hope to make one somtime. P.S5/5.
I have some friends that have a zipline too!
=D<br />
dude, this is dangerous... Anything like this should be made with new guaranteed materials, not found junk that has been decaying in some old bin...
Yeah but even with new stuff it's pretty dangerous. Hence the disclaimer ;)<br /> Oh, and... ...going down backwards is a bad idea.... ouch<br />
I got pulley and pipe straps (for securing easier) in a dumpster
You could of spliced the two ropes together..
i also hope to build and new and better one going from my new treehouse to my house
kinda like the one in home alone? sweet idea!
i have one that you slip you foot into and hang and it goes all the across my yard but the pully is suckish so some has to pus you it used to be a dog leash thing so the dog could run around the yard being hooked to the pully but sadly my dog died and so did one of the trees so the other one keep growing and no its at an angle.

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