Tying a barrel swivel can be difficult for someone who is not well-versed in how to tie knots. The knot itself is very easy, but some subtleties need to be followed for the resulting knot to function properly. This article will show how to tie this knot correctly with step-by-step instructions.
What is Barrel Swivel?
A barrel swivel is a type of circular metal connector. The most common use for them is in fishing to join two lines together, and avoid twisting or tangling the line during retrieval.
They are also commonly used on kites to attach one cord to another. Barrel swivels can be made from many different metals like aluminum alloy, stainless steel, or brass.
What Does a Barrel swivel Look like?
Barrel swivels are circular discs that have two rings attached to the outside of them on either side with one opening in-between them. The inside ring is usually wider than the outer ring and has an open seam around it so you can attach the two lines.
Instructions on How to tie a Barrel Swivel:
Step 1. Make sure that both of your loops are even and around the same size. You can make these loops by tying an overhand knot or using any other type of looping technique you prefer.
Step 2. Take one line, place it over the two rings and then snug it up. Take the other line, place it over the two rings but don’t pull on either of them yet.
Step 3. Pull down with both hands to tighten one side’s loop around the ring while pulling up with both hands to tighten the other side’s loop around its own ring at the same time. Be sure to snug up the knots as you are tightening them.
Step 4. You should now have a little bar of cord that has been looped through both rings and is strung tight between them.
Step 5. Tighten it all down by pulling on each end with your hands until there’s no slack in either line, then tie off one of the lines to secure the knot.
Step 6. If you’re using an overhand knot, then just slide it snugly down the loop and tighten by pulling on each end of the line until there’s no slack left in either cord.
Step 7 Otherwise, tie a second overhand knot around one side of the first knotted loop (or just make a second loop and tie an overhand knot in it).
Tying the barrel swivel is just one of many knots you will need to learn how to tie, but it’s also important that you know how to use them. Once they’re securely tied and tightened there should be no slack at all left in either line.
Advantages of Tieing Barrel Swivel
A Barrel Swivel is a knot often used to attach two lines securely.
The advantages of this type of swivel are that it will help maintain the integrity of your line and can also be adjusted if necessary without damaging either cord.
How to Prevent Wear and Tear on a Barrel Swivel
There are several ways to prevent wear and tear on your Barrel Swivel knot.
One way you can do this is by using a new rope each time the line needs to be attached, but how often should that happen? All of these knots require some maintenance over their lifetime so it’s best not to go too long without replacing a line.
Another way to prevent wear and tear is by using some sort of lubricant to protect your knot from being drily rotted, how often you do this will depend on how much use the Barrel Swivel gets.
Finally, if you can’t replace or lube the rope every time you use the knot, how about wrapping a piece of cloth around your line before tying it up?
What Lines are Appropriate for Barrel Swivels?
I would recommend using nylon rope when attaching lines to barrel swivels because it’s not as abrasive or resistant to water as some other materials. Other options that work well with Barrel Swivels are polyester, cotton, and fluoro-carbon.
How to Care for Barrel Swivel
You should always lubricate the Barrel Swivel before use, how often you do this will depend on how much use it gets. If you can’t replace or lube your rope every time, how about wrapping a piece of cloth around your line before tying it up? This way there is less wear and tear on the Barrel Swivel.
For optimum protection how about using a product called swivel lube? Swivels are especially prone to be damaged in the water because the parts that rotate against one another can wear down over time if not looked after properly, this is why it’s so important to lubricate them regularly and protect how they are used.
Remember to never use gas or oil as lubricants, these will actually do more damage than good and make the Barrel Swivel ineffective when it is needed most!