USES FOR BUNGEE/SHOCK CORDS by M. Redfish
Bungee Cords… awesomely useful and dirt cheap. Ok so here is the way I look at bungee cords. They are kind of like a way to cheat around the old ways of learning knots that tighten and loosen cord and rope easily (knots like______), combined with knots that attach and detach quickly and easily (also see carabiners for more on this philosophy). The thing that sets bungee and shock cord apart from the ancient uses of ropes and knots is the modern stretchiness and tension of the rubber inside that absorbs shock and keeps the hooks in place. This quality allows it to be quickly attached and detached quickly. There is an endless variety of lengths, configurations and tensions that you can create depending on how many times you wrap it around or through an object or connect them together.
WAYS TO ATTACH BUNGEE/SHOCK CORD
Hook to one place and hook to another
Hooking the hooks together making a circle around something
Hooking the hook around something and then back onto the cord
Bringing two hook past each other and hooking the opposite side cord
Put hook into a small hole in wood or metal, on a nail/screw/bolt, loop in string or rope
…and what makes them so versitile? You can use a combo of any of these and more.
NOTES ON BUNGEE/SHOCK CORDS
Being so small and versitile, you should carry a variety of sizes in your vehicle
Shock cord kits allow you to cut your own lengths and attach different ends
Ideal for using tarps because their stretch allows give for wind preventing rips.
The nylon outer cord is there to protect the inner rubber from abrasion
There are heavy duty bungee straps available made of hard black rubber.
A few nails/screws allows uses of bungee cords to be multiplied even more
USES FOR BUNGEE CORDS
Secure things in bed of truck, boat, or top of car
Tarp over items in truck bed or top of car
Shoulder carry strap
Temporary bag Handle
Belt for pants
Bundle things or keep tarps folded up
Makeshift dog leash
Strap things in passengers seat