What knots/hitches should I use to attach a log to a screw eye?

Animation: Clove Hitch with the End of the Rope Tying View Video

Clove Hitch with the End of the Rope Tying

Pass the end of the rope around the pole. Continue over the standing end and around the pole a second time. Thread the end under itself and pull tight to form the clove hitch.

Clove Hitch tied with the End of the Rope Details

Alternatives: In addition to tying it by Threading the End, the Clove Hitch can also be tied Using Half Hitches and by Using Stacked Loops

Caution: The Clove Hitch (ABOK # 1245, p 224) was, originally, included here with the intention of condemning it. It does have two giant faults: it slips and, paradoxically, can also bind. It should be deeply distrusted when used by itself.

Uses: However, the Clove Hitch can be very useful:

Theater Scenery: Thanks to Curtis Mortimore of Ball State University for providing this example; when adjusting stage curtains hanging from a bar, a clove hitch round the bar allows the...
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Use: The timber hitch is a knot used to attach a single length of rope to a piece of wood. This knot is easily undone after use.

How to tie: To make the knot, pass the rope completely around the wood. Pass the running end around the standing part, then through the loop that you have just formed. Make three turns around the loop then pull on the standing part to tighten. Take care that you double the rope back on itself before making the three turns, or it won't hold. Three are recommended for natural rope such as jute, whereas five turns are needed on synthetic rope like nylon.

This knot is also known as the Bowyer's Knot as it is used to attach the lower end of the bowstring to the bottom limb on an English...

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Though @Crast has given a very good answer, I want to also bring to the notice - lumberjack logger by Nate Finch which I ended up using.

Here is how to use it:

First clone the lumberjack repository OR get it somehow. Run the go install command on the folder.

Now import go's "log" package and "lumberjack package". import ( "log" "github.com/natefinch/lumberjack" )

Now use it in your code like this:

Outside of main, declare your log variable.

var errLog *log.Logger

Inside main:

e, err := os.OpenFile("./foo.log", os.O_WRONLY|os.O_CREATE|os.O_APPEND, 0666) if err != nil { fmt.Printf("error opening file: %v", err) os.Exit(1) } errLog = log.New(e, "", log.Ldate|log.Ltime) errLog.SetOutput(&lumberjack.Logger{ Filename: "./foo.log", MaxSize: 1, // megabytes after which new file is created MaxBackups: 3, // number of backups MaxAge: 28, //days })

Now as soon as the file size get 1MB, new file is...

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Roper's Knot Pages - Hitches

'Elementery' Hitches

In this table you find the most elementary hitches. The hitches in each column are closely related. The top hitch is tied round a pole or other object. I will refer to them as primary-elementary Hitches. The hitches there under are 'the same' but tied round the standing part of the rope. I will refer to them as secondary-elementary Hitches. But beware, the application of the variants are very different. The primary-elementary Hitches will spill if the object is removed. The secondary-elementary hitches will not. Some of the secondary-elementary hitches are 'capsized' bindery knots. As for all knots working the knot well is for these knots extremely important. Work it wrong and you might end up with another (probably unwanted) knot. For example, capsizing the two half hitches might end up in a granny knot, one of the worst of all knots. On the other hand if you know what...

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Presentation Transcript

1. Chapter 16 Rescue

3. Objectives (2 of 3) List three harness classifications. Describe how to correctly tie these knots: Figure 8 on a bight Figure 8 bend (follow through) around an object, joining two ropes together Water knot (overhand bend) List the different advantages and disadvantages of materials used in carabiners.

4. Objectives (3 of 3) List the functions of at least two different types of carabiners and describe procedures used in caring for them. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of at least two types of stretchers or litters. Describe how to tie an improvised harness. Describe the procedures for packaging a patient and transporting him or her via litter.

5. Disclaimer This section is not intended to serve as a comprehensive work on rescue. This is an introduction for SAR personnel to some of...

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I have a log that I want to hang against the wall, creating a small shelf. I'm attaching the logs to two iron screw eyes using 1/4" hemp rope, for a rustic look. Here's a diagram:

The screw eyes don't have a closed loop; they're open-ended like a hook. The log itself is very lightweight, and I don't plan on storing anything heavy on the log itself. The two candidate logs have several flat edges, they're not perfectly circular (see pictures below).

What knots/hitches should I use to attach the rope to the log and screw eye? My main goals would be to have a secure hold on the log. Beyond that, having an aesthetically pleasing hitch would be nice, too.

Initial googling pointed to a timber hitch to attach the log to the rope, but I also read that it's only secure under load, and comes easily undone (it's designed for dragging timber along the ground, I think).

Here are images of the two candidate logs (I'll only use one, unless I do this project...

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A simple mathematical theory of hitches has been proposed by Bayman[1] and extended by Maddocks and Keller.[2] It makes predictions that are approximately correct when tested empirically.[3]

Knot Description Image Adjustable grip hitch A simple and useful friction hitch which may easily be shifted up and down the rope while slack. Alternate ring hitching A type of ringbolt hitching formed with a series of alternate left and right hitches made around a ring Anchor bend A knot used for attaching a rope to a ring Bale sling hitch A knot which traditionally uses a continuous loop of strap to form a cow hitch around an object in order to hoist or lower it. Barrel hitch The "barrel hitch" and "barrel sling," named for their use in hoisting cargo aboard ships, are a simple yet effective way to suspend an object. Becket hitch Any hitch that is made on an eye loop, i.e., on a becket. Blackwall hitch A temporary means of attaching a rope to a hook. Blake's hitch A...
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I reattached the cable to the speaker, lifted the speaker again, and hooked the loop over the mounting clip that was still hooked on the screw eye.

The U-Volas come with everything necessary to hang the speakers once the ceiling mounts are in place: handy clips for attaching to the screw eyes, mounting cables to attach to the speakers (with a neat adjustable threaded connector that also isolates the enclosures from the cable and ceiling), guides to form and protect the loops of cable, and screw down clamps for the mounting cables.

Now mark on the wooden batten above the window where the pleats will fall, and attach the

screw eyes

to the underside of the batten.

Then sink a stout

screw eye

in the center of the front 2 x 4.

2 MEASURE the exact position of the screw eyes so they line up with the cord on the blind in a vertical line.

Thread the cord through the screw eyes on the batten.

Tenders are invited for Wire Adjusting...

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Headin' back to the land (or making any move toward greater self-sufficiency) will, sooner or later, mean a return to the use of ropes. Without simple hitches (single ropes tied to objects) and bends (ropes joined together), loads fall off trucks, an expensive cow or goat escapes, a boat goes adrift, and hoisting hay from wagon to mow becomes a major problem.

Rope Rhetoric

However, before you start to learn down-home knotsmanship, a brief summary of rope vocabulary is in order.

Bitter End: The end of a rope that's being manipulated — also called the "working end."

Standing Part: the segment of the rope that you aren't using at the moment. It can be coiled, stretched, or otherwise left inactive.

Bight: a curve or arc in the rope. This can be a semicircle or a loose loop through which the working end may run.

There are over 4,000 hitches and bends used in special crafts, but — with the following 10 useful knots in your rope repertoire —...

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This selection of rope knots is for use by boaters, paddlers, scouts, search and rescue, arborists, climbers and all outdoor pursuits. It includes a large range of essential utility knots. Although there are literally thousands of different knots, the knots illustrated and animated here include the best knots from the three primary knot categories: Loop Knots (make a loop in the rope), Bends (rope to rope knots) and Hitches (rope to object knots).

We have also grouped knots that are common to various applications such as Arborist Knots, Boating Knots, Climbing Knots and Knots useful in Search and Rescue. You can also use the Search box above to search the site for any specific knot name that you are looking for.

Bear in mind that it is far more important to learn a few knots well than to half learn a whole bunch of...

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After completing this section you should be able to:

Identify the characteristics of a good knot Identify the major categories of knots Identify common rope and knot terms Tie three common knots: bowline, clove-hitch, and sheet bend Repair or prevent a rope from fraying

At some point in the wilderness, you will probably need to secure something, repair something, or perhaps even build something. Having a basic understanding of knots is a valuable skill. Unless you know what you are doing, there may be a fine line between a quality knot and a completely tangled mess.

Quality knots have three things in common:

easy to tie, serve a specific purpose easy to untie

Identify the major categories of knots

Knots can be grouped into a few major categories: loops, hitches, bends, and lashings.


Loops are knots used to create an attachment point or a hold in a rope. They are usually created by tying the rope to itself. Common uses in...

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