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Fireman's Coil

How to tie the Fireman's Coil Knot. The Fireman's Coil is a knot for keeping coiled rope under control. There are several good knots for coiling a rope but one benefit of the Fireman's Coil is that it can be released by asimple pull of a rope end. Many folks are stymied when coiling a rope and needing to finish it off with a knot to keep it under control. The Fireman's Coil is one of the the easiest methods to accomplish this task. The completed knot also creates a rope hook for hanging. Other good coil knots include: The Alpine Coil and The Sailor's Coil

Scroll to see Animated Fireman's Coil Knot below the illustration and tying instructions.

 Fireman's Coil


Fireman's Coil Knot Tying Instructions

  • Make a coil with your rope by looping it in circles. Use one hand to make the circles and the other to hold them in place.

  • Take the working end of rope (the end after the last coil is made) and make a loop mid rope at the top of the coils.Take hold of the working end just below the loop and bring to back side of coil and run it up through the loop. That essentially makes a loop going through a loop.

  • Tighten down the first loop onto the second loop. This loop can be used for a hanging hook. Pull on the end of the rope to release.

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