How to tie the Barrel Sling knot. The Barrel Sling is a method used to hoist a closed-end barrel or drum on its side. It uses a strop (rope or webbing made into a large loop). Make sure the strop is splayed out toward the ends of the barrel before hoisting and never stand under the barrel.
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Barrel Sling Knot Tying Instructions
Take a pre-made rope or webbing strop and pass it around the barrel. Run the end of the strop back up and through the opening formed at the top of the barrel.
Before hoisting, splay the strop out toward the ends of the barrel and then take up the slack and hold tension while attaching to a hook for hoisting.
Note that a strop can be made with a length of rope or webbing by tying the ends together with a Double Fisherman's Knot.
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