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