Re: [baidarka] lashing and Snow Seal

Charles Hall (
Fri, 08 May 1998 10:11:41 -0400

Date: Fri, 08 May 1998 10:11:41 -0400
From: (Charles Hall)
Subject: Re: [baidarka] lashing and Snow Seal

stephen wrote:
> Has anyone used plastic cable ties or Tywraps as lashing? I know it would be
> faster to assemble. They make a little gun like tool to tension and then
> cutoff the excess in one squeez.

It may not be relevant in this application, but when I've used these
tie-wraps outdoors, they become brittle over time. U.V. I guess; maybe
this is just the way nylon behaves. Also, when overstressed they fail
abruptly. But they come in a wide array of sizes, so you could probably
over-size it to be safe.

The tool permits exact tensioning and repeatability, which seems like a
really useful feature. The price of each tie runs about 5-cents, no
matter where you buy them or in what quantity.

Charles Hall
Total Sports
Raleigh, NC USA