The $5.00 Slackline!




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If you want to experiment with a slackline but don't want to invest in expensive mountain climbing equipment, here's a way to try it out for just $5.00.
CAUTION! This method is not to be used as a highline! You will probably only get four or five uses out of the tape before it begins to fray. Once that happens you should replace the tape. This method should only be used to see if you like slacklining enough to invest in good equipment.

Here's what you'll need.
2 ea. welded steel rings (75¢ ea.) 
2 ea. welded "D" rings (75¢ ea.)
1 ea. Steel "S" hook ($1.99)
100' of polyester wire pulling tape. (5¢-10¢ per foot, but most electricians use it once and throw it away, so if you're resourceful you can get it for free)

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    9 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    FYI, the knot you call a clove hitch, is actually called a lark's head knot. Both, however would work in this instance.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    This is funny. I've been calling that knot a clove hitch for decades. I just looked it up and a clove hitch is something completely different! Thanks!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I am totally excited to try this set up at my daughters 12th bday this month. We are going rock climbing first-then we'll try this experiment. Her friends and her are very athletic-and I think they'll have a blast!! Thanks :)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is what I consider a "true" or perhaps a better term is a foundational "Instructable". Easily available materials obtained cheaply to make something useful!

    I would say that your tape might last longer if there was a diet included, but Instructables has a "be nice" comment policy, so I won't go there ;-)

    Seriously, I wonder if two layers of the tape might give you the same endurance as the commercial products? Possibly spot weld with epoxy every few inches, or even sew together with polyester thread.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nicely done. Exceptional video. You explain the process very well and I found it easy to follow.