Help with choosing the most suitable knot, please

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Old 04-12-12, 05:25 PM
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Help with choosing the most suitable knot, please

My elderly parent bounces on a small circular rebounder in her living room. She needs something to hold on to in case she loses her balance but doesn't want a bulky support bar because the rebounder leans up against the wall when not in use. I want to put two strong eyelets in the top of the window frame to take a strong braided cord she can hold on to. I would like to attach a photo of the hooks, the cord and the hosepipe grip that I would like to use but I'm not allowed to do this on here.

I would welcome advice about which knot(s) to use to join the cord. Apart from being strong and easy to undo for adjustment purposes it needs to look tidy as well. Would it be a good idea to use a carabiner at each end of the cord so that the cord could be removed quickly from the eyelets to adjust the length? If so, what knot would be the best to attach the carabiners?

I tried threading each end of the cord from opposite directions through the hosepipe handhold and using a slipknot (I think that's what it is called) at each side of the handhold. This looks strong and fairly neat but I don't know if there's any merit in the idea.
 
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Welcome to the forums! Option 1 would give more support. Option 2 risks the possibility of one of the knots from pulling out. For your carabiner, use two half hitches to secure the rope to them. They will get tighter the more pressure is placed on them.
 
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I don't know if something corded is going to provide enough support.

I tend to try to put things like this in areas where a sturdy piece of furniture is available for support - the back of a couch or the end of a buffet....
 
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I would choose the bowline. It's probably one of the most versatile knots around. It's easy to tie, very reliable and it will not jam. Just Google bowline to find lots of instructions on how to tie it.

Anyone else remember the rabbit coming out of his hole, running around the tree and back down his hole?
 
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Old 04-13-12, 09:01 PM
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Thank you. Yes, the bowline is one of the few knots that I can manage and I learnt to do it using the rabbit coming out of his hole etc! I'm going to teach myself how to tie it upside down as I read that it's the best knot for rescuing someone from the water without choking them when you have to throw them a line. I'm not a boatie but there's water everywhere in NZ and it's sensible to have a few skills for an emergency.
 
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Old 04-13-12, 09:07 PM
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The braided cord is 5mm diameter, the eyelets are 4mm diameter and presumably each eyelet will take half the total weight. She is only 54kg so maybe this cord will be ok -what do you think?

Her living room is tiny and there is no sturdy furniture available. The rebounder is touching the wall but when she is standing upright in the centre of the bouncing mat her arms don't reach the wall so it's not safe for her to lean forward to steady herself. We could put a rail on the wall but it would have to extend out about 30cm which would be expensive and it would take up a lot of space.
 
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My wife's rebounder has an integral rail for stability. I would opt to find one like that as opposed to finding her hanging by a rope you tied. Ropes are your friend, but one slip and they can revert to their normal nastiness of harnessing something.
Look at the one on this site for an example only. http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/pub...hwBF8XkytJ7arY
 
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Unfortunately the integral rail is not an option as due to the lack of space the rebounder has to be put upright leaning against the wall after use.
 
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