There are many different types of ropes available on the market, depending on the usage for which they are being allotted. Some of the most popular types of rope are sisal rope, cotton rope, fiber rope, and nylon rope. Nylon rope is considered as the strongest and most durable rope in common use today. It has several excellent qualities, such as the ability to go back to its original length after being stretched; good abrasion resistance; and being longer lasting than the other types of ropes. Because of this quality, it has a lot of uses for the typical consumer: it is commonly used for lifting and towing, due to its durability. Much like manila rope, nylon rope also has good resistance to ultraviolet radiation, which makes it ideal for situations where the rope is exposed to sunlight, such as surge lines, bow-to-stern towing hawsers, boat falls, target tow rope, fishing ropes, safety lines, mountain climbing ropes, drop hammer ropes, lariat ropes, and industrial slings.
Here are some tips on how to find good nylon rope:
- Common Use. Determine what you are going to do with the nylon rope. Nylon cotton combinations are acceptable for such things as making toy Frisbees. If it is to be used for general camping purposes, such as stringing up hammocks, putting up heavy tents and making flys, then most common nylon ropes will do. There are some specialty companies that manufacture nylon ropes specifically for the purpose of augmenting camping equipment, such as the E.L. Wood Braiding Company. If your purpose for the rope involves heavy exposure to water, sunlight, and other elements, such as for boating equipment, it is recommended that you purchase nylon rope that is specifically made and treated for that purpose. Remember, not all ropes are alike; some may be treated to help the rope resist corrosion from mildew, mold, oil, gas, and other chemicals.
- Industrial Use. If your purpose for the nylon rope is a more industrial usage, such as tree dragging, towing, lifting, or to be used as anchor or dock lines, it would be best to select the heavy-duty nylon ropes, such as the multiple-strand types with thicker rope braids. Usually, a thickness of around ¾ inch will suffice for regular industrial usage. Of course, it is virtually impossible to establish a hard and fast working standard regarding workloads, due to the myriad of factors involved in rope usage, such as rope use, rope conditions, exposure to certain external elements which may affect rope condition and behavior, and the level of risk to life and property that is involved. However, general knowledge would dictate that the heavier the workload involved, the greater the need for a heavy-duty nylon rope.
- Specialty Shops. Many hardware stores carry some type of nylon rope for the regular consumer. However, you may need to go to specialty hardware or fishing shops to get your hands on more specialized items. A lot of rope companies nowadays sell their products in online stores, such as Amazon.com, making it easier to find the rope that best suits your needs.
Finding nylon rope should not be a problem, as long as you are aware of what the rope will be used for, and the proper workload that goes with the correct nylon rope type.