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Barrel Sling

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

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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