I've just finished washing my rope as it was in a state of needing it...seriously. The smell from it the other day in the shed when it was drying after getting a wet was shocking, smelt like the contents of a bin. Though I suppose thats what happens when its used in all conditions for 2years with out being cleaned...Ooooops
I'm going climbing on Thursday And I fear it wont be dry, by just drip-drying in the shed.
Any advice, personally I can see it causing damage but then again I think to myself how can it????
Hobbes13 Jan 2004
In reply to Alan M: i tumble dried mine after dry treating it and have had now problems with it. Taken a couple of whippers on it since too and am still here !. More heat would be generated into the rope whilst abseiling.
> (In reply to Alan M)
> Don't know - have a look in the manual.... Of course, I could just post some specifications of tumbles dryers here and just happen to get the model you happen to have . . . .
Now that would be freaky!
Mums just gave me a strange look when I asked her how hot the tumble dryer gets to!!
What is wrong with climbing with a damp rope? Once out in the air it will be nearly dry after the first runout.
Mike Simmonds14 Jan 2004
In reply to sutty: Good point. Might be slightly heavier if wet.
ceri14 Jan 2004
In reply to Alan M: dont think tumble drying would be recomended. Why dry it in the shed? a cold damp shed is not a good place to expect something to dry. Hang it up in the house somewhere insted maybe? Longterm dampness could lead to mould??
In reply to Alan M: If you think tumble drying might damange the rope, why risk it? The Beal web page that Dominion pointed you to says: "If the rope is wet, after use or washing, leave to dry in a cool, shaded place." As Sutty says, what's the problem with climbing with a damp rope? Does it never rain when you're out climbing?
Oli14 Jan 2004
In reply to Alan M: Put coils of the rope over a door in
your house and it should dry within a day/ day and a half.
Do you have a closet with a hot water heater? You could put it in there.
JimF15 Jan 2004
In reply to Alan M: as far as i remember, half-heat, low-heat or whatever on these machines tends to be around body temp. maybe 35 to 40 celsius. the full heat tends to be nearer 60 celsius. the trouble is that the fusible link or cut-out is quite a bit higher and thats not too clever, so unless you have absolute confident in your low-heat setting DON'T DO IT.
the guy who suggested hanging it over the door in the house for a day is giving you the best advice. 20 celsius and light air movement for several hours: perfect.
On Nikwax Rope Proof, the instructions say tumble dry on a medium or low heat for 1 hour (part of the proofing tratment process). So it is probably OK. Leaving it too long in there would be a problem, for some reason when extra dry, nylon becomes stiff (we would be shot at my last centre for putting anything nylon in a dying room). I'm going to tumble dry mine to waterproof them, but I'll check them every 10 mins or so I guess.
JimF18 Jan 2004
In reply to Will T: On the extra-dry nylon, this material has a really strange relationship with water. It absorbs several percent water and this changes its physical properties. Overdry it and you have the real nylon with slightly different physical properties. The nylon 'we know and love' is actually nylon and water.
Whether the overdry nylon simply returns to it normal state or is permanently damaged I cannot be 100% certain but I expect it would return to a normal equilibrium. Is there a chemist in the house????