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  1. 4noReason

    4noReason Road Train Member

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    hey guys. ok so im a intermodal owner op. my company got 2 conestogas so i grabbed 1 to try it. look im skinny. 185 pounds. im not tough. and im really struggling on strapping these loads. i got a load of steel pipes. the skinny ones id say . and its strapped as much as i was able to get it. but it needs 1 more knotch for that piano sound. and i cannot do it. if i buy a ratchet bar from tarp stop. would that help me. if dot pulls me over and tells me he wants it more tight what in the hell am i gonna do. im pretty embarrassed telling you guys this. but i dont see mysf gaining muscle in next few weeks to do it
     
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  3. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    Ummmm....

    Are you saying you don’t have a winch bar? How are you tightening your straps?
     
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  4. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    You need to bounce on the bar harder. Jump up and then put your weight into it on the way down. Jump up into the air. :D

    Although, try not to put the center of the bar near the middle of you palm, make sure the bar is on some meat. Lots of nerves are wide open in that middle middle/bottom of your palm, it's not that hard to mess something up in your hand, or over time.

    If you hand feel numb after doing it, don't do it that way again!
     
  5. 4noReason

    4noReason Road Train Member

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    winch bar.....guess im just weak lol. sigh
     
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  6. 4noReason

    4noReason Road Train Member

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    wait really. jump on it. imagine everyone staring lol. like wtf is this fool doin
     
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  7. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    No grip it close to ur mid section. Get a firm grip and put all ur weight on that bar and a little momentum , aka jump. I weigh less than u and havent had no problems. Its easier and better to throw more straps and have them medium tightness rather than less straps and have them piano wire tight
     
  8. 4noReason

    4noReason Road Train Member

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    wait. so medium is ok? so do u mean like when i push down dont do it from end of bar. but grip middle of bar. i always grip the end
     
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  9. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

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    You've got 10lbs on me and I can tighten the F out of a strap.


    Im gonna go out on a limb and say you're in the Houston area if you were running containers and now you're running pipe.
     
  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Medium tightness is fine , depending on the load.throw as much straps as u feel comfortable... the problem with piano wire tight , is it wears out ur straps really quick and its really not needed

    I stand on left side of bar , left hand on middle of bar and right hand on the end for leverage. And u want tighten with ur whole body weight rather than ur arms.... Just dont do like i saw a western express driver do and stand on the end of the bar and tighten it with ur face directly over the end of the bar....unless u want to relocate ur face
     
  11. 4noReason

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    chicago
     
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