Paracord is an awesome multitool, used everywhere from the wild blue yonder to the deepest caverns. But like any good tool it is only as good as the knowledge the user has about the tool. With most people out there using bungee cords & ratchet straps it seems that paracord is being used for nothing more than friendship bracelets for grown men. This is a shame because for less then the price of a few cheap bungee cords & some to short to be helpful straps You can get yourself hundreds of feet of paracord.
The key to getting the most out of the paracord is good knot work. The first thing you need to know is what makes a good knot. One is that the knot is easy & quick to tie & more impotant is that the knot is easy & quick to untie. The hitch class of knots is by far the best group of knots that the average person could know. The four most useful hitch knots are the half hitch a quick simple knot that forms the base for many other knots, the inline half hitch allowing you to get the most out of one length of paracord, the slippery hitch that gives you both on the fly control over tension on your paracord but also an adjustable loop that will not change unless you want it & the inline trucker's hitch instantly doubling the your pulling power.
To get started lets get some terminology that will be used defined.
line= the paracord
Main line= the part of the paracord doing the work for example holding down your tarp. or the long part of the paracord.
Mid line= the middle of the length of the paracord.
End line= the unused length of paracord or the short length of paracord.