Try this linkmojofilter said:I use the truckers hitch for anything that needs tensioned, cant find a good illustration at the moment. Sounds pretty much like hobo is saying.
You're right Goose, but it was the closest pic I could findGoose said:Try this link
It is also called a dolly knot, the version you posted a picture of may not release as easily as a truckers hitch/dolly knot. It is a lot easier to use if you have a hook to pass the loop over so th knot is made in the rope without passing the end through. If there is no hook a krab works.
Grew up in Cincy... learned that same know in scouting, still use it great dealTAHAWK said:In the Scouts, we were taught to use the "tautline hitch." You do a half hitch, add one or more additional turns around the standing part, then a half hitch around the standing part ABOVE the first (multiple turn) hitch. When complete, pull up slac
Pictures available at www.iland.net/~jbritton/tautlinehitch.htm
They are slightly different in an important way - the tautline has two half hitches one after the other , the midshipmans has the two half hitches tied loose intitially so that the second pulls in front of the first. This creates more friction - this is great for slippery synthetics but makes it harder on a rough thicker rope. Horses for courses. Your link actually points that out, though not as clearly as actually trying it. I still don't fully understand the mechanics of it but try tying both and you'll sit there scratching your head like i didinnocent bystander said: