Product Profile: Ratchet Tie-Downs

img_4051Product Type:  Ratchet Tie-Down

Breaking Strength: 1,500 lbs; 10,000 lbs

Length: 15ft; 20ft

Width: 1in; 2in

Uses:  Tie-downs are useful for more than just securing cargo in a truck or a roof rack.  Below are 5 ratchet tie-down uses you might not have thought about.

Ratchet Tie-Down Uses

1. They can be used instead of clamps

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Image: Railway Preservation

What, you left your clamps in your other pants?

Table held together with straps
Image: AKA Design

Time for Plan B.  If your clamps are too small, or non-existent,  tie-downs work just as well to keep everything together: http://akadesign.ca/diy-project-rustic-farmhouse-table/

2. Build furniture

bed held together with straps
Image: Magazin

Some flat-pack furniture manufacturers have done away with the need for tools in assembling their products.  The bed above, from a German manufacturer, ships with a tie-down that holds the pieces together. If you’re a hardcore DIY fan, you can create your own furniture, like here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ratchet-Strap-Chair/?ALLSTEPS

3. Hoist the top off of your truck…or other hoisting needs*

SUV roof suspended from ceiling
Image: mjanderle via IH8MUD

You can either spend a ton of money on specially-built hoists or use the ratchet that comes with your tie-downs to hoist things.  Just attach the straps to your garage ceiling and crank away.

*Of course, we don’t recommend you use tie-downs for lifting, like this guy  who obviously didn’t read the tag:  http://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/20-hard-top-hoist.605278/

4. Keeping animals our of your garbage

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Image: CKPG TV

Few things are worse than taking out the trash and then picking it up again the next morning because some javelinas and mountain lions needed a midnight snack.

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You gonna eat your cornbread?

What, you don’t have giant wild pigs roaming your neighborhood?  Also works for smaller animals like ‘coons and ‘possums.

5. Take up Slacklining

Walking on a slackline
Image: Wikipedia

Some people are brave enough to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.  For the rest of us, there is Slacklining.  Once you can walk, you can start in with tricks and yoga: https://youtu.be/SxnXqc1n0i4?t=5m34s

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