Quick Skills #5: How to Tie Lashings - Pt.2 Diagonal Lashing





Introduction: Quick Skills #5: How to Tie Lashings - Pt.2 Diagonal Lashing

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Hi everyone,

here is part two of the "How to tie Lashings" mini series. This time we will be looking at another basic lashing which can be used to tie poles at angles of around 45° together. The diagonal lashing can be used to create trestles as supporting elements of larger structures & frames in combination with the square lashing from last week.

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Step 1: Starting Hitch

Start this lashing by tying a timber hitch around both poles as shown in the picture. Be careful as the timber hitch will loosen itself when pull is released.

You should pull this tight enough to close any existing gap between the two poles.

Step 2: Wraps Pt.1

Continue to wrap three to four turns around the same axis as the timber hitch. Ensure that the individual wraps lie neatly beside each other for a stronger lashing.

Step 3: Wraps Pt.2

After the first wraps continue with three to four more turns around the other axis. Again ensure that the wraps are neatly beside each other for a stronger lashing.

Step 4: Frapping Turns

After the previous wraps continue by surrounding the wraps with three to four frapping turns between the two poles. Ensure that you make these as tight as possible for a strong lashing.

Step 5: Finishing Hitch

You can finish the hitch with a simple clove hitch and I suggest you also tiw a stopper knot (e.g. figure eight, overhand stopper) into the working end behind the hitch. (see pic on next step). You can tug the remaining working end into the frapping turns to get it out of the way.

Step 6: Top and Bottom Views

Here are additional close up views of the lashing from the top and bottom.

I have added an example of using a simple stopper not to make the final hitch more secure.

In the last pic you can see the result of a rushed hitch. The wraps aren't as neatly beside each other as they should be (my OCD didn't kick in obviously) which results in a weaker lashing.

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    Great tutorial , I am a survival enthusiast and always trying to see others techniques and skills to be able to learn as much as possible . nice lashing , keep up the great work.

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    Thanks for your great feedback!

    do these lashing techniques work in every survival situation?

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    Hi Jonnie58, the short answer is no. You will have to choose the lashing technique that is appropriate for the intended use. Whilst the square lashingis more useful for making a basic frame the diagonal lashing is better for the supporting trestle where the poles meet at much smaller angles.

    I hope this answers your question.

    Cheers Alex

    This is a very good instructable. One of my favorite things in Boy Scouts was the lashing. and the competitions

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    Hi budhaztm, thanks for reading and for you feedback.

    Cheers Alex

    Hi jmwells, thanks I will.

    Cheers Alex

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