Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Straps, Chains, Ropes, And Bungees

The most recognized tools for load securement are straps and chains.  Most chains are about 20 feet long and most straps are about 30 feet long.

The working load limit (WLL) of each strap is printed on either a tag stitched to the strap or on the strap itself.  If the WLL is only printed on the strap, then care should be taken to protect the tag.  One method that always works is to use clear duct tape wrapped around the tag and then wrapped around the strap itself where the tag is stitched.

This tape will protect the tag for years and years against all elements that it will normally face.  The tag will protect you in the event that your load is inspected for CSA violations.

Chains should have the grade of chain stamped on the links and the hook on the end of the chain.  Your securement is only as good as the weakest link in the system.

Ropes are used to tie down tarps along with bungees.  There are many different ways to use the ropes, bungees, tarps, straps, and chains.  They are too numerous to list in this post, but in time, most of them will be detailed here.


Sheila said...

I think the info you're giving here could be a huge help to any driver starting out flat bedding.

Thought I would point out that you also have a vast store of knowledge as a successful owner operator and business person. And I can attest that your business operation skills are just as valuable to someone just starting out on that front... hint hint... lol

Ed said...

Hey it's Sheila! I bow to your blogging prowess as well. My number one piece of advice to new drivers is to visit www.HighwayHags.com

Willow said...

OMG, Karl is going to be in heaven when he finds this.

Ed, even ya'lls favorite movie is the same...that horrible Lebowski, rug-peeing movie, thing. LOL.

I guess you heard I was voted off the truck. I'll have to settle for reading yours and Salena's blogs while Karl gets all the work. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

I'm glad you're blogging.

Ed said...

Thanks Willow and congrats on the book! I have thought about the A.T. and admire you for your achievements.

Mona Hot Melt Strapping said...

Wow, surprisingly I never knew this.
I have been reading your blog a lot over the past few days and it has earned a place in my bookmarks.Thanks for sharing with us.