Tie-Down Strap Repair

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Tie-Down Strap Repair
Make simple repairs to ratchet tie down straps before securing gear. (canoe,kayak,boat image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

Tie-down straps are used to secure a variety of items including such outdoor equipment as bikes, boats and all-terrain vehicles and other cargo to trailers. Ratchet mechanism straps are one popular type of tie down that provides a secure method of transporting a range of cargo. Due to normal use, it may be necessary to repair tie-down ratchet straps. By performing a few simple steps, the useful life of a tie down can be extended.

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Things you need

  • Ratchet tie-down strap
  • Replacement nylon strap
  • Scissors
  • Lighter or other heat source

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  1. 1

    Squeeze the ratchet handles together and press down on the spring-loaded release prawl. Open and spread the ratchet handles apart to access the nylon tie-down strap.

  2. 2

    Pull the nylon tie down strap until it is completely removed from the ratchet. Cut the old, damaged strap free from the tie-down hook with a pair of scissors.

  3. 3

    Feed the free end of the replacement strap through the eye of the tie-down hook and pull 2 to 3 feet of the free end beside the main length, forming a double line with the hook in the end loop. This end loop will be referred to a the working loop.

  4. 4

    Secure the tie-down hook in place with a figure eight follow-through knot. Tie the knot by turning the working loop with the tie-down hook back and across the top of the doubled line. This will form the top of the figure eight loop. Bring the working loop and hook down under the doubled line and then up and through the top of the figure eight. Adjust the knot down tightly against the tie-down hook.

  5. 5

    Feed the opposite free end of the tie down strap through the slot in the ratchet and then back across the top and out. Close the ratchet handles and then open again to begin ratcheting the strap. Attach the tie-down hooks and continue ratcheting the strap until it is tight.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a lighter or other heat source to melt the ends of the strap where it was necessary to cut it free from a feeder spool or to size.

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