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berwick12

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It looks like everyone is buying coir twine. I can get jump cord for free, will it work or will it get caught up for some reason.
 

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It'll work fine. I'm going to go with the jute or sisal rope at the local home improvement store only because I dont' have a free source like you do. They'll climb anything just make sure it won't break.
 

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It'll work fine. I'm going to go with the jute or sisal rope at the local home improvement store only because I dont' have a free source like you do. They'll climb anything just make sure it won't break.
I originally bought sisal twine and then heard that some people had trouble with the jute and sisal twine not lasting the entire season and breaking.
 

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i used sisal last year and will do so again this year, just make sure it's not too thin. i believe mine was 1/4 inch (does that sound right?) and it lasted through a hot summer which was alternately wet and very dry.
 

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It sounds like you were using sisal rope then? The rope is strands of twine twisted together...or that's the way I understand it. I had bought sisal twine that was about 1/16th of an inch! That's why I upgraded because after I strung it up it didnt seem like much. I think if you're using sisal rope you'll be fine but have to replace it every couple seasons or so.

Not sure, I'm just going by what I've read.
 

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The key: is there more than one strand? Single strand twines tend to separate due to wind and rain, then they break. Coir twine is really a two-strand rope.
 

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It sounds like you were using sisal rope then? The rope is strands of twine twisted together...or that's the way I understand it. I had bought sisal twine that was about 1/16th of an inch! That's why I upgraded because after I strung it up it didnt seem like much. I think if you're using sisal rope you'll be fine but have to replace it every couple seasons or so.

Not sure, I'm just going by what I've read.
yes, i guess we would call that more of a rope than a twine.... still not the sort of rope we had to climb (or failed to climb in my case) in gym class...

Still a cheap and effective solution. I'll replace it every season, for the 5 bucks or so that i spent on it, it's not worth recycling. i cut up last years rope and composted it. doesn't seem to have decomposed yet, but who knows what condition it'll be in by the time i'm ready for the compost.....
 
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