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« on: June 20, 2012, 03:15:36 PM »

I am working on a personal project and have another "bridge to cross". I have rope that will be "under water" and I want to stiffen it up without giving it a glaze or shine.....I am not sure if Envirotex, fiber glass resin, etc....will do what I want so before field testing a ton of "ideas" I figured I would ask the masses. The rope isn't going to be supporting anything, I just want it to stay how I want it without worrying about it down the road. Any ideas......

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 03:23:08 PM »

Stick a wire in it. That is what I did w/ this one.

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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 03:28:20 PM »

Be sure to get what's called "hollow core" rope. It's braided and the hollow center lets you add wire easily.
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 04:07:59 PM »

I've use wire also works great
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2012, 04:56:18 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2012, 04:59:41 PM »

VIAGRA?

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012, 05:16:48 PM »

Cory, how did you know what that was?
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2012, 05:59:21 PM »

I should have mentioned it already has a steel rod added. I just want to add to the strength of everything. It has a slight "bounce" as is so I thought if I treated the rope with something else it would solve that problem. I had to rebraid the rope around the steel so it would also help in keeping the braid tight.

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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2012, 02:52:49 PM »

Looks like fiber glass, brush applied to the rope will do what I want. I had  extra time this morning while a bird was tumbling and did a test run. Soaks in nicely with only a very slight shine....a quick spray with matte finish should take care of that.  :)
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2012, 03:53:53 PM »

Commercial?  You buyin that?

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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2012, 03:57:47 PM »

Commercial?  You buyin that?

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Hell no, I'd be calling a doctor 4 hours later.
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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2012, 06:10:59 PM »

soaking it in wood glue a couple of times may be a slightly cheaper option then the fibreglass, takes alot longer to dry though.
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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2012, 02:00:48 PM »

Soak it in clear melted wax. Then let it dry the way you want it.
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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2012, 07:53:27 PM »

After wiring it you can dip it a couple of times in clear Shellac ... letting it dry between soakings.  The rope fibers should soak that right up! ;)
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« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2012, 09:52:42 PM »

Project is complete....or the base is anyway  :)   I went with fiberglass  since I could brush it on because the rope had to be in a specific "shape". The rope was already heavily supported from within. I just needed to give it a little extra strength to take the "bounce" out of it. Thanks for all the ideas.
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