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Just a page to start collecting some links re: safety harnesses, ropes, knots, etc., in preparation for my adventure on the roof.

See AboutThesePages.

Some keywords / phrases to search for (not all covered on this page, but maybe they should be):

  • safety harness
  • rope grab (for me, a prusik knot will do the job)
  • roof anchor
  • deceleration lanyard (a "device" used with a safety harness to decelerate at the end of a fall to avoid the sudden jolt that would otherwise occur)



I found a few inexpensive harnesses (no promises these are the right thing -- just a place to start investigating) -- also, ebay has some

  • Klein 87140 $49.70
  • www.worldemergency.com $49


I now know what a prusik knot is, and it's pretty nifty and easy to tie. It allows you to have a movable tie off point on a rope -- you generally tie a small rope to a larger rope with a prusik (like 1/4" to 1/2").

See ResourceRecommendations. Feel free to add additional resources to these lists, but please follow the guidelines on ResourceRecommendations including ResourceRecommendations#Guidelines_for_Rating_Resources.

General Sites


figure 8

half hitch

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clove hitch

  • The Clove Hitch; Knot of the Month - April '97 -- This is a neat site -- animated views of tying various knots "of the month" -- I'm sure I'd find other knots there if I looked.


  • Water Knot -- Best knot for joining flat straps.
  • Water Knot -- link not very useful -- pictures don't show up

double fisherman

  • Boating Knots -- The double fisherman is used to join two ropes (or tie the ends of one rope to form a loop??)


  • Butterfly Knot -- good knot for making a loop in the middle of a line, but since the figure 8 can do the same thing and is stronger, I'll stick with that.

double butterfly


Allentown / Eastern Pa.

  • Nestors sells static ($.80 and $.95/foot for 11/16 and 1/2" dia.) and dynamic ($120 to 200 for 50 meters??) climbing ropes
  • Mr. Forney (the owner of Forney Sales -- a rope wholesaler) sells a variety of ropes at retail at the Saylorsburg Flea Market on Saturdays and Sundays, 7 AM until 1 PM, (approximately) (when it doesn't rain (or too cold??)) -- Go north on Route 33 to Saylorsburg, IIRC, turn left at the end of the exit -- you should see Flea Market signs as you cross the bridge -- he also has various hooks and snaps and I might even find a harness there. Actually a pretty amazing flea market -- lots of people and stalls.


  • () RandyKramer - 25 Sep 2002
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