Repurposing rope

 
Rope Leash
 

What to do with this old rope?

 

While spring cleaning a couple of weeks ago, I rummaged through some boxes of hiking gear boxes and came across a bundle of retired climbing rope. 

It happened to be Jason’s climbing rope from the mid 90's... It’s surprising what we hold onto, and his rope had survived dozens of moves, Hurricane Sandy, and was still here after a some decades.

As soon as Lola spotted the pile of rope, she immediately went for it, and started chewing and shredding away. It was a no brainer to recycle the rope and make something she could play with. At the same time, ropes are essentially leashes, and I dug around for a way to make a clean rope leash. I found some plastic rope clamps online, and realized there were many ways to loop and finish the rope cleanly. The slideshow and photos below show how you can easily make your own rope leash and other ways of re-using old rope for your pups. (While the clamps are sturdy and great, always supervise your pups so they don't chew up the clamps and the screws inside.)


 This pile of rope resurfaced after some serious spring cleaning

This pile of rope resurfaced after some serious spring cleaning

 First, tape off each end of the rope with some electrical tape to prevent unravelling. Open each clamp, and press the end of the rope in place, around the screws. For an in depth how-to, watch  this  video.

First, tape off each end of the rope with some electrical tape to prevent unravelling. Open each clamp, and press the end of the rope in place, around the screws. For an in depth how-to, watch this video.

 Secure the rope clamp by screwing both sides together. You may need to use a flat tip screwdriver to nudge and fit the body of the rope inside the clamp while securing

Secure the rope clamp by screwing both sides together. You may need to use a flat tip screwdriver to nudge and fit the body of the rope inside the clamp while securing

 We found these plastic rope clamps  here , in varying sizes and colors.

We found these plastic rope clamps here, in varying sizes and colors.

 Make your desired loop length- for a tug toy handle, or the handle of a leash. Loop the other end of the rope around, and press the rope into the threads of the clamp.

Make your desired loop length- for a tug toy handle, or the handle of a leash. Loop the other end of the rope around, and press the rope into the threads of the clamp.

 Repeat to create another loop for the tug toy. For a leash, measure out the desired length of the rope. Then feed a swivel bolt snap into a small loop, and secure with another rope clamp. We found a variety of bolt snaps  here . Make sure the bolt snap’s end is large enough to fit the diameter of your rope.

Repeat to create another loop for the tug toy. For a leash, measure out the desired length of the rope. Then feed a swivel bolt snap into a small loop, and secure with another rope clamp. We found a variety of bolt snaps here. Make sure the bolt snap’s end is large enough to fit the diameter of your rope.


 
 
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