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How to Use Rope Tackle to Move a Log

Rope tackle allows you to move a large load with a small amount of force. It works on the same principle as using ropes and pulleys for lifting or hauling loads.

Here’s how to set up rope tackle to move a log. For best results, you’ll want to use a strong rope that doesn’t stretch much.

Step 1: Tie one end of a long piece of rope to a tree or other secure anchor.

Step 2: Tie one end of a second, shorter rope around a log using a timber hitch. Form an eye in the other end of the second rope by tying a bowline knot.

Step 3: Pass the running end of the long rope through the eye you’ve just tied in the shorter rope. You may want to use a carabiner here to reduce friction.

Step 4: Check that the anchor is secure and all knots are correct.

Step 5: You can now move the log by pulling on the running end of the longer rope. The effort required to move the log is half what it would be if you pulled a rope tied directly to the log.

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