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Can paracord hold a 103 lbs boy Answered

 im 103 lbs. and i want to know if some really thin paracord can support my weight!!


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BLUEBLOBS2

6 years ago

Of course you can! It is called 550 cord because it has a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds, hence the name 550 cord.
-BLUEBLOBS2

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GianniMora

7 years ago

I want to make a graplling hook.

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churchman

8 years ago

Paracord can support 500 and 50 pounds! I am shure it can lift a 103 lbs boy! DDDDDDDDDUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!! Trust me I work with that stuff all the time You can make an elevator with that stuff!!

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The Ideanator

8 years ago

It could support a 103 lb girl, but a 103 lb guy? Not so much

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SunbanksThe Ideanator

Reply 8 years ago

It is. Because guys have some sort of property that girls don't that makes paracord break if they weigh 103 pounds. 

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boristherussianSunbanks

Reply 8 years ago

Indeed. In the meantime, this will be referred to as the "Masculo-paracord Uncertainty Principle, for lack of a better term.

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The IdeanatorSunbanks

Reply 8 years ago

I'm pretty sure thats true at any weight, its probably not specific to individuals at 103 pounds. I'm also pretty sure it applies to most materials too.

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The IdeanatorSunbanks

Reply 8 years ago

That is quite possible. Maybe this difference reoccurs several times across varying masses? Methinks a mathematical formula is in order along with some handy-dandy graphs, it will require the help of everyone at instructables.

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SunbanksThe Ideanator

Reply 8 years ago

Not only must the graphs be handy dandy, they must also be official looking. 

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The IdeanatorSunbanks

Reply 8 years ago

You do have a big point there, as only the most official looking graphs are taken seriously. Would you mind helping me test the theory out? (I'd take gmjhowe's advice on the procedure, it sounds safe)

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SunbanksThe Ideanator

Reply 8 years ago

I'd love to help, and then we could publish a report on our findings. 

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The IdeanatorSunbanks

Reply 8 years ago

That's a fantastic idea! Although we need a multitude of vic-- err, volunteers in order to collect data.

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The IdeanatorSunbanks

Reply 8 years ago

Gather is such a harsh word, I'd go with collecting, or rustling/rounding up, or herding, those all sound better(especially if used in the same context as cattle).

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Kiteman

8 years ago

"550 Paracord" is so-called because it can support up to 550 pounds.

There is a brief summary of the various cord strengths here.

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gmoonKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

Flanimal: just be advised that a "breaking strength" metric is for static weight.

A person can generate several times their body weight by dynamically loading a line.

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gmoongmoon

Reply 8 years ago

And I almost forgot--putting a knot in any rope reduces it's breaking strength significantly--something like 40-60%.

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Kitemangmoon

Reply 8 years ago

That depends on the knot - any decent book of knots should tell you how much any particular know reduces the strength of the line.


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gmoonKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

Yes, the type of knot very much matters (why I offered a range.)

I'd give yourself a safety margin of 10 or 20%, too. If I were going to trust my life to it...

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gmjhowe

8 years ago

 I can think of one easy way to find out.

Make sure to put a mattress under you, and not string yourself that far off the ground (like only a foot away from said mattress)