The Rope Log is another essential tool to responsible climbing. It is an effective way of making sure you are alternating ends to wear them evenly when using long (60m+) ropes, recording falls and their respective factors (ropes are only rated for an average of 7-9 falls with a factors of 1.5-2. Consult your ropes manufacturer website to see what yours is.), and to record if your rope was grinding on abrasive edges of rock or came into contact with any unknown liquids, and finally how old the rope is and when the last time you washed it.
Rope Log is all on STEP 8.
If you are looking for the cheapest rope washer then this one wont really be for you. Although not expensive at all, this washer cost me about $15 to make because of the LocTite and rubber insert.
Step 1: Preparation
- 3/4" PVC Pipe that you can cut to make sleeves for connecting everything.
- 1/2" PVC "T"
- 1/2" PVC Valve
- PVC hose external threading sleeve
- 1/2" PVC internal threaded joint
- Rubber welcome mat
- Gloves (Disposable)
- Hack Saw
- LOCTITE Spray Adhesive
- Paint (Optional of course)
Step 2: Making the Inner Sleeves
Step 3: Making the Body
NOTE: Do not use any LOCTITE or adhesive at this point. You want to put the puzzle together before you seal it.
Step 4: Connecting the Hose
- Grab that Male-Male PVC section
- Screw it into the Female section
- Connect your last sleeve to the available side.
- Connect this section to the available side of your valve.
Step 5: Most Important Component!
So using your T section, measure out the length of "welcome mat" you need to cut. Make the width approximately 1/2 an inch.
I found this mat in the carpet and flooring section of Lowes by the welcome mats. It was originally $8 but the Lowes employee marked it down to $4 out of the goodness of his heart. I didn't know they could do that until today.
Step 6: Now Where Are Those Gloves?
- Put on those gloves.
- Using the LOCTITE spray the back of the section of rubber mat you just cut.
- Make a Taco-Fold (see what I did there?) and slide it into the T.
- Use your fingers to make sure that its touching the sides and that the valve end isn't obstructed.
- Next spray one half of the sleeve and slide it into the valve side of the T.
- Use a rag to wipe off the excess LOCTITE
- Spray the other half of the sleeve and slide the valve section on, again, wiping off the excess LOCTITE with your rag.
- Repeat this process until you have rebuilt and sealed the water hose section, just as It was put together in step 4.
- If you dont care about paint or cosmetics then at this point you're done! Just put it somewhere to dry and in a few hours you can begin washing ropes!
Step 7: Scrub-A-Dub-Dub!
- Feed one end through the T and turn the water on.
- Using a box (or anything) pull the rope through the washer and flake it into the box.
- Get another box (or anything) and pull the rope through again the opposite way.
- Daisy chain the rope.
- Hang it in shade or in the garage to dry. DO NOT USE SUN TO DRY YOUR ROPES.
- This is a good time to clean those rope bags/tarps.
- Hang them to dry.
Step 8: Rope Logs
Small green books will last the life of your rope and can easily be thrown in your rope bag.
Step 9: Optional Painting Step.
TIP: Use two pieces of tape to keep the valve handle from being painted. Now you have a gnarly two-tone Rope Washer and everyone will be jealous.
Unsolicited Plug: If this helped you, and I really hope it did, and you are getting into climbing; then check out my other Instructable. I show you how I made my backyard climbing wall for under $150! Here is the link: https://www.instructables.com/id/Backyard-Climbing-and-Training-Wall/
Lastly, leave a comment, especially if you see a way to make this more functional or more cost efficient (without losing functionality of course), or if you just want to say something nice.