Engineer soldier's handbook. Page: 30
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BASIC FIELD MANUAL
W 17. IMPORTANCE.--The engineer often makes his own ma-
chines for use in heavy work and as substitutes for tools
and machines that are unavailable. The machines are sim-
ple, but they-save much labor. By "rigging" is meant the
handling of rope (manila or wire) and chains with blocks and
tackles to raise, move, or hold heavy loads. The combina-
tions which the engineer rigs up with rope are really simple
machines. This chapter explains the principles and meth-
ods of rigging, which will be one of your most valuable skills
as an engineer. Make a thorough command of this skill
a part of your personal Army knowledge.
* 18. CARE- OF ROPE.--Proper care of rope lengthens its
usefulness. Observe the following precautions:
a. Do not store in wet, damp, or hot places.
b. Clean muddy rope by washing in water.
c. Dry before storing, but do not use artificial heat.
d. Avoid pulling over sharp edges.
e Avoid dragging rope through sand or dirt. Sand has
an abrasive action on the inner fibers.
f. Keep rope free of contact with acid, alkali, or other
g. Use knots that can be untied and will not have to be cut.
h. Repair broken strands as soon as possible.
i. Slaken dry, taut lines when exposed to rain or damp
j. Always whip loose ends of rope, and when cutting a
length of rope put on two whippings and cut between them.
k. Inspect rope frequently.
* 19. UNCOILING AND COILING ROPE.-a. New rope is coiled
into bales usually containing 1,200 feet each. To uncoil,
begin with the end in the center of the coil. The rope should
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