Posted by Beth Smith on 1/16/2019 to How To...
Are you looking for something that will allow you to easily form eyes in soft rope without the need to splice or tie knots in the rope?
Watch our video or read below to find out about Ropeze.
Ropeze Rope Clamps make easy work out of connecting two soft ropes together or forming an eye with a soft rope. Below you will find information on Ropeze's durable construction, working load limits, and how to size Ropeze to the type of rope that you are using. There are also step by step instructions on how to assemble and make an eye with Ropeze rope clamps and booster clamps. If you need to add a thimble to your termination or need to form a lap splice using the Ropeze rope clamps, you can find that information here, as well.
Ropeze are made from high-strength UV resistant plastic, Type 316 stainless steel screws, and brass embedded nuts. The combination of materials is great at resisting corrosion from sun and salt air, marine environments.
Ropeze are most commonly used for light duty type applications, such as projects around the house, light duty marine applications, and much more.
Below you'll find a table containing all of the information regarding the working load limits for all of the Ropeze sizes that E-Rigging carries.
Sizing Ropeze Rope Clamps to Rope Types
Ropeze can be used with many different types of rope, but the most commonly used is solid braid nylon and solid braid polypropylene rope.
Typically, three strand nylon rope runs true to size when being paired with the same sized Ropeze clamp. However, a triple strand dense type rope, such as Kernmantle or Hemp rope, will require a larger sized clamp for it to fit properly.
Ropeze Rope Clamp Installation Process
Ropeze can be used either by themselves or with a booster clamp.
First, secure the strands of rope with electrical tape ensuring that at least a three-quarter inch wide length of tape is wrapped around the rope.
Then, cut the rope to length making sure that there is at least a half inch length of tape remaining at the end of the rope.
Disassemble the clamp and place the non-threaded side on a flat surface facing up with the screws protruding through both holes.
Place the end of the rope on one side of the clamp and use the live end of the rope to form the eye to the appropriate size needed.
If you plan on attaching it around another object, check to make sure that the eye does not exceed an included angle larger than 30 degrees.
Smaller angles and larger eyes will provide for a stronger termination.
Place the other side of the clamp on top and make sure that the screws are properly aligned with the threaded portion of the clamp.
While squeezing both sides of the clamp together, flip the clamp over, and begin tightening the screws while alternating between the two.
Double-check that the rope is not protruding from the sides of the clamp. Tuck in any protruding rope with a flat head screwdriver or similar tool.
Do not over tighten the screws. It may reduce the strength of the termination.
When installed correctly the clamp and rope should look as shown.
For an even stronger connection, a booster clamp assembly can be installed.
First, disassemble a booster clamp and place the non-threaded side on a flat surface facing up with the screws protruding through both holes.
Place the dead end of the rope in the booster clamp so that there are two clamp lengths of rope extending past the clamp.
Use the live end of the rope to form an eye to the desired size needed for your application and place the live end of the rope onto the other side of the clamp.
Assemble the booster clamp and make sure that the threaded side is correctly oriented in relation to the non threaded side.
Then, tighten the screws so that they are flush with the bottom of the clamp.
With the booster clamp in place, assemble a rope clamp to the dead and live end of the rope, as previously shown, and make sure that both legs of the rope are evenly tensioned between the two clamps.
When installed correctly, your booster clamp assembly should look as shown.
Adding a Thimble in your Termination
If you'd like to include a thimble in your termination to protect the ropes eye, follow the same procedure as with a soft eye, and make sure the thimble is snug and secured in the eye to prevent it from popping out.
Forming a Lap Splice with Ropeze
Along with forming eyes, Ropeze can also be used to join two separate links of rope together using a lap splice. This can be achieved using either two rope clamps, or for added strength, two rope clamps and two booster clamps.
When forming lap splices, all clamps should be placed at least a clamps length apart from one another.