The way you handle your rope will determine its longevity and integrity.
Avoid storing close to heat sources, exposure to direct sunlight, or in damp environments.
Because twisted jute rope retains positional memory, it is not advised to leave coiled in bundles for extended periods, and not stored in plastic where it may sweat.
When not in use store at room temperature, hung loosely over a rail to allow it to relax in a natural, dry airflow.
Handling rope when tying can cause damage if fingers are accidentally poked through the strands (see image). Loose lay rope is easier to damage from poor handling.
Although it takes practice to perfect the technique, when hooking a line to draw under wraps, use the middle instead of the index finger, because it is longer and stronger. This is best against compliant flesh than thinner skin over a bone, because pressure can be applied to provide space. Always ensure you have good purchase on the line you wish to hook. If you lose grip and grab it underneath a wrap, this increases chances of damage.
Certain ties require knots and bindings be tight for safety reasons. However, like screwing a lid onto a bottle, an overtight knot may overstress the rope and break filaments.
Poking a finger through strands can cause damage, and the rope may go out of balance. Providing it is not too bad, the twist can be repaired by sliding your grip backwards and forwards along the rope to re-establish integrity. Take care not to apply too much force and damage the balance further.
The most susceptible area to damage is the loop, or bight. While checking your ropes, if you feel this area is starting to show stress, prevent it worsening by shortening one end of the rope. The original loop position shifts, and a new position becomes available.
Avoid passing your ropes over sharp or small radius fixings with tension applied. Stress may generate breakages in the filaments. Prevent lines rubbing against each other under tension.
Jute rope is light and easy to work with, but it will not last forever with continued use. Acquire observational skills to know when it is time to stop using lines for higher risk, and to retire them.
Inspecting your rope after every use will help to know when to recondition to prolong effective lifetime.
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