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
Image: Railway Preservation
What, you left your clamps in your other pants?
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
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*
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
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.
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
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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