Oct 2

Kindly syndicated from Martin’s page

Using chain links for line lockers has one major downside. They can do this to your webbing:

And it looks worse when it’s under tension!

So here’s my work around.
Get a few inches of webbing and sew it to your chainlink so it covers up the burr

Make the following line locker:

  • Put the tail through

  • Push the webbing through

  • Loop it around to finish the locker

  • Clip it

This also helps prevent metal/metal contact between your chain link and carabiner.

While I’m at it, if you’re using a rappel ring for a locker it’d be better to make a double bight on your webbing to prevent metal/metal contact:

  • Double bight

  • Continue as normal

This is great for attaching the line to the anchor. Just try to have a smallish tail (4 inches??) when using this to connect to the camming(/ellington) system so it doesn’t get in the way. Or just get some chain.


2 comments so far...

  • Sam Said on May 12th, 2009 at 7:21 am:

    Great info folks…I don’t figure ya really need to protect the biner from this type of metal on metal contact, as long as the two pieces aren’t colliding together under force.
    The other option could be to just buy screw links from the hardware store…nice old fashioned solid steel…a few of those dedicated to the task, helping ya spare your good aluminum for the high flying stuff, where light weight is king.
    Yet another option may be, file the burr in the link ! Or buy some steel rings…they may be less strong, so possibly use two or three at once…should be just as easy assembly.

  • lander Said on August 14th, 2009 at 10:14 am:

    great advice

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