How to Use 2 Inch Ratchet Straps

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  1. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    Hi,

    I’m having trouble figuring out how to use my ratchet straps, something I’m practicing on right now, can someone tell me how it’s done? I think I figured it out after my second try, but I know there’s gotta be a better way to take it off because I’m fighting to get the one end without the hook out and through the spool, taking a couple minutes to do just that.

    Best regards, John
     
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  3. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    For a start - WD40 or similar - so that ratchet turns and clicks freely.

    I leave the 30’ strap hooked, take ratchet off - opened all the way up, and pull hard - if your ratchet is oiled up it will Un spool ok.

    Worst case, turn the ratchet with pliers till strap can be pulled out.
     
  4. JonJon78

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    Its raining out but when it stops I will post a picture. When you feed it through make sure the tail end is on the outside towards your body not behind the strap as your ratcheting it.
     
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  5. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    If it dont turn, a pair of channel locks and u could turn it ... but what i do is open the ratchet all the way and pull on the strap from the backside of the ratchet and it should unspool
     
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  6. farmerjohn64

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    I gotta take a break because I’m aggravated with this haha I got one ratchet completely messed up because I can’t unspool it and I know I’m right there, but can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I think I’m connecting hook on the ratchet to the rub rail wrong because it’s getting in the way
     
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    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Post some pics we could help u out
     
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    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    Good idea A2E5492C-2394-48B3-A7B2-2F1213C542EF.jpeg
     
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  9. farmerjohn64

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    I’ve been at this in the baking sun for a good hour, but now I feel happy now that I just figured out how to unspool hehehe
     
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  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Unfortunatly all ratchets are backwards and they are designed to push up on them to tighten. But i like how ya got it , designed to pull down to tighten.... If ya looking to set it up like its designed to , take the ratchet off and flip that hook on the rub rail to the inside of it ... so the hook is facing outside rather than inside like u got it.... when u put the strap thru the ratchet and tighten, it will laydown properly with the strap.. But this way u will have to push upwards to tighten
     
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    When I buy new ratchets I always take the bolt off at the bottom of the ratchet and flip the hook part around so that you arent ending up in this position...
     
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