550 cord = duct tape

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  1. 88_gurgel

    88_gurgel

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    550 cord = Duct tape's non sticky equal

    I bought a roll of this stuff and it is great to have around. I will even go as far as saying that I use it far more than the silver tape. I purchased a roll to work on my knotting skills and have found it useful in many occasions. Today I tied up my fake christmas tree with 11 feet of the stuff cut in 5' and 6' lengths. I used the inner cords wrapped around the branches and tied them up and used the outer cover to tie the very bottom branches.

    I learned to do the survival braid with it and I tied one to my wifes keys so she can find them easier in her pockets with gloves on.

    I can't think of the other things I used it on but it works great. I try to conserve it a little bit because it does seem to be priced like gold around here at the surplus shops.

    What do you use it for?
     
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    In the military, anything you can't fix with 550 cord and/or RTV ain't worth ****.
     

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    I used to keep a wrapped up strand in my pocket for situations that called for it... and there were many. It was almost as essential as my pocketknife.

    I recently bought some more so I could have some again, but family members have taken off with my pocketknife to cut the right length off and Zippo to melt the ends. I could just use a knife from the kitchen and a butane torch, but it wouldn't be the same...

    Now, the tough question: How long a strand should I carry? It seems simple, but one can never have enough. :supergrin:
     
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    GermanyBound One Bad Monkey

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    Use 550 cord to bind books, tie down my tac light/laser/acog to my M4, secure the D ring to my NVGs, tie down ammo/misc. pouches to my chest rack, make bracelets, tie a field hooch to trees. Basically anything that needs to be tied down/secured gets the 550 treatment.
     
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    I have seen it used to tie a reel to an ice fishing rod.
     
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    IF it wasn't for 550 cord, I'd never have gotten out of that plane....:rofl:
     
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    You woulda gotten out, but the landing woulda hurt a bit more :whistling:


    I use it a lot too. I've used it to make improvised slings, to wrap knife handles with and so on. Good stuff.
     
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    A little interesting tidbit of information (if you don't already know that is) is that if you don't have a knife, you can cut 550 cord with 550 cord. Just wrap one end of it around one shoe/boot really well, wrap the middle section around the other shoe/boot really well, make it extremely taught, and use the other free under to saw the taught part with a back and forth motion. The friction will heat it up, melt it, and it will break at that part. Taught to me by an old squad leader I had.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Well I'll be the first to admit I never heard that trick, very cool thanks.

    I've used a similar trick to shorten PVC using a chalk box however :cool:
     
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    That stuff is great. :supergrin:

    I'm sitting about four feet from about 40 yards of it strung between my house and the back tree...a clandestine 6 meter short wave radio antenna is supported at about 20 ft. off the ground with it.

    No one knows...well the wife does...but you sure can't see this antenna from either street!
     
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    I keep some in the night stand. I'm through ruining Italian leather belts and imported silk ties.
     
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    A MayWest will teach you this trick also....:whistling:
     
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    Lol, I didn't know what a MayWest was so I googled it... it's a delicious cake-like thing
     
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    There's an historical term. :supergrin:
     
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    I've used it tied in a dog bone to pull a pickup out of the ditch.
     
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    Watch out the birds don't give you away. Looks odd to folks when they appear to be sitting in the air. :rofl: I'm using it to support the ends of my Carolina Windom on 40M. I live in a rural area with no building codes so it is center supported up the tower.
     
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    In AIRBORNE Language it's when a line or two gets over the top of your parachute, Making it look like a bra. The line rubbing against the parachute nylon will start cutting a hole in it. Time to deploy your reserve..
     
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    :rofl::rofl: :rofl:
     
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    Yeah I got codes but don't feel like fighting it. But the truth is if you're discrete about it most people will never know!

    Considering the trees around...they night not notice the birds too much but a squirrel might just give it all away!