From 2″ hemp manila rope for landscaping to 3/4″ composite double braid for electrical construction, using just the right product is crucial.
How to choose the right product? Use what’s worked for others.
Fifty years ago there were twisted nylon, hemp, and manilla rope and braided cotton sash cord. Today, products for sale include these as well as other industrial synthetics, super synthetics, and composites – and there are OSHA and industry rules and standards to consider.
So picking the right type isn’t as easy as it was then.
Where product failure could lead to damage to property or people, we suggest you check with OSHA or your industry association (you can link to many of these from this site) before you buy. Some OEMs publish specifications – for pulling rope and scaffolding operating and lifelines, for example – that should be met in order to safely operate certain equipment.
Using current information is very important here – manila, hemp and other natural fiber products have been replaced in most load bearing applications by stronger, more durable (and more inspectable) job appropriate synthetics such as nylon, polyester, or (especially where possible contact with electrical current is a factor) polypropylene.