Paracord Carabiner PVC Spool





Introduction: Paracord Carabiner PVC Spool

This is a cool-looking way to carry paracord. Not only does it provide easy access, but the carabiner and spool gives some mass, so this makes a great throwing line for hanging a bear bag, pitching an overhead tarp, or for boating.

Stormdrane inspired this design. He used a piece of PVC sawed in half, then he used a zigzag spooling technique to keep the paracord from falling off. I couldn't master that technique. Mine looked ugly, fell off the sides, and jammed up the otherwise free-turning spool.

After trying to think of ways to put ends on the PVC, I had a vision-- use the PVC itself as the spool ends.

Step 1: Materials

  • 4.5" of 1/2" diameter PVC Pipe
  • Oval climbing carabiner (full size)
  • Candle
  • Dremel tool, hacksaw, or other means to cut pvc.
  • Two flat things to use as a press
  • Duct tape
  • 20-50' of paracord

Step 2: Procedure

Cut and mark your PVC as shown in the picture.

Now cut your PVC in half lengthwise with two long cuts on opposite sides. A vice can help. Cut patiently.

Make a slit in each of the four ends, to the depth of the marks we made.

Light the candle, and very gently and slowly, like a marshmallow that you do NOT want to catch on fire, roast one of the four ends for about 10 seconds, turning constantly about 2" from the flame.

Mash the end down on one of your flat surfaces, so that the two pieces splay outward, and place a second flat surface atop it, and press them together for 30 sec while the PVC cools. Do this three more times, so both ends of both pieces are done.

Using the dremel or snips, diagonally clip off the square corners of the spool flanges. This will make them less sharp, and more likely to slip by if they should hit the carabiner.

Assemble the two pieces around the bar of the carabiner. Use the duct tape to hold them together. Add more duct tape if you want to also store a few feet of duct tape.

Step 3: Adding Cord

Now we're ready for paracord. I like to tie it on, in case you are using this as a throwing line near water. I used a clove hitch for that, pictured. You can go to Grog's Animated Knots if you need to learn how. Shove the clove hitch to one side, and start winding from side to side.

When you reach the end, you will need to tie the cord to itself, or it will tend to unroll. The way I did it was to tie it to the previous wrap of line with an overhand knot.

I don't know the max it can hold, maybe 50 feet. Be advised that the gate becomes more and more restricted as you add more cord, so you may need to clip it to the object before you wind it.



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Questions & Answers


In step 3 you show applying the clove hitch without the carabiner. Shouldn't the carabiner be installed before the cord is wound on?

It's a spool for 550 chord

This is a great idea if you are throwing it to unroll. How well does your spool spin on the caribiner?

Quite well! I have not taken it outside to throw for distance, but a casual ten foot throw onto the bed unspooled nicely. You need to throw it underhand like when you TP a house, not like a football of course. The shorter and more rounded you make the guides, the better it is going to work for throwing.

I like the "underhand like when you TP a house" description... :)

I will be making one of these this weekend!!!

I'd favorite this just for the underhanded remark you made, except I'd already added it!

Good simple, smart 'ible. You could also use this with one of those giant 'biners by cutting a bigger, recently emptied wire spool, for around the garage or jobsite.

As a side note, those are great for organizing tape rolls too.

What a cool idea and nice 'ible! I would though recommend not cutting the PVC totally into two pieces though. Instead make just one cut lengthwise (imagine a closed "C" when looking at it from the end). You can still do the cool spool ends you made to keep the paracord on, but by just making one slice through the PVC this would allow you to pry it open just enough to slip it over the carabiner. This would eliminate the need to tape it back together, make it more easily removable in cause you needed full use of the carabiner, and reassembly would be easy as well. Depending on storage temperature, tape on the core area could potentially get sticky and removing it from the design would resolve any such concerns.

Keep up the good work!

Good thought. That tape might also get mildewy.

Cool idea. If it ends up being hard to pry apart the two halves, you can always cut the other side later.