Frequently Asked Questions…
Can you make a rope just like the one I have?
If it is braided and made from a synthetic fiber that we offer, it is possible. We recommend that you send us a sample (6”-12”) for us to use as a template.
Do you manufacture natural fiber (sisal, manilla, hemp, etc.) cordage?
We work exclusively with synthetic fibers: nylon, polyester, Dyneema® (UHMWPE), Kevlar, Technora®, multi-filament polypropylene (MFP/floating rope), Spun polyester, and Vectran.
How much will the freight cost?
Freight is calculated based on the weight of your order and the location it is being shipped to. There are no flat fees for freight.
Can I pay my bill with a credit card?
Yes, you may pay your bill with a credit card (MasterCard or Visa). You should let us know if you will be using this form of payment when you place your order. Credit card information is required for all first time purchases.
Do you sell directly to individuals?
Contact us and we will direct you to one of our loyal distributors.
What is the difference between braided and twisted cordage?
A braided rope of the same fiber and diameter as a twisted rope will have a greater tensile strength. See Here
How should I care for my cordage?
Keep your cordage clean. Don’t leave it on the ground, as any dirt and debris trapped within the braiding of your rope will create internal abrasion, reducing the lifespan of your cordage. The material used in the rope’s construction may warrant specific considerations with regard to storage, such as storage away from direct sunlight. Visit the Resources section of our website for more information on the specific fibre characteristics.
How can I tell when I should retire my cordage?
We recommend that you consult this document, released by the Cordage Institute to help you evaluate the condition of your cordage.
What is the right braided cordage for my application?
With the variety of different braids to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which is right for your application. Here are some basic attributes of our most common braids:
- Double braid: Very stable
- 12-strand: Most suitable for field splicing
- Sash braid: Perfectly round (includes starter cord)
- Diamond braid: No core, good utility line (includes drapery cord and awning line)
- Kernmantle: Specially constructed ropes for climbing
- Solid braid: Also known as single braid, has a braided cover over a parallel core (includes dinghy braid)
- Hollow braid: Has no core and lays flat.
Why is the product specifications table nested?
When you browse a product page on the ABL website from a mobile device, the contents of the table will be nested and viewable by clicking on the + plus sign to expand the contents of that cell. On a desktop computer or laptop the contents of the table will become nested anytime the browser window is moved or resized. To return the table to a non-nested view, simply refresh/reload the browser window by using “CTRL+R”.
What’s the difference between Average Tensile Strength and Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS)?
Ropes are subjected to a series of tests in the quality control process. One of those tests is for the breaking strength of the rope. To obtain the Average Tensile Strength, many tests are performed and the results of each of the tests are gathered to calculate the Average Tensile Strength.
MBS is a statement of our tolerances for tensile strength. It tells us if the rope being tested has passed or failed the break test. The use of this lowest possible value for the strength of a new rope (MBS) is also applied as an additional safety precaution when used, as recommended, in the calculation of the safe working load (WLL).
More detailed information on the methods used for determining minimum break strengths can be found on The Cordage Institute website www.ropecord.com and more specifically in their publication titled “Determination of Cordage Institute Minimum Breaking Strengths” found here www.ropecord.com/cordage/publications/docs/CI2002.pdf
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Atlantic Braids Ltd.
#15 Concession Road 1, Chute à Blondeau, ON
K0B 1B0, Canada
Phone: (613) 674-2728 Fax: (613) 674-3192
Office Hours: 8am – 5pm Mon.-Thurs. | 8am – 4pm Fri.