Engineer soldier's handbook. Page: 33
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ENGINEER SOLDIER'S HANDBOOK
(9) Reeve.-Thread blocks with rope in assembling block
(10) Return.--Each part of rope between blocks or be-
tween either end and a block.
(11) Round (run) in.-Bring blocks closer together.
(12) Running end (part).-Free end of rope.
(13) Seizing.-Lashing the running end to the standing
part of rope.
(14) Standing end (part).--Whole rope less running end.
(15) Tackle.-Assembly of ropes and blocks.
(16) Transom.-Horizontal spar.
(17) Unlay.-Untwist rope.
(18) Whipping.-Binding or lashing end of rope to pre-
* 21. KNOTS AND THEIR USES.-For any one job a particular
knot is the best to use; that is why there are so many knots
an engineer must know. Learn to tie all the knots and
learn to use them at the proper time. Figures 44 to 48, in-
clusive, illustrate the most common knots.
* 22. SPLICES.-The three principal steps in splicing a rope
are unlaying the strands, placing the ends together, and
tucking the ends of the strands. No attempts should be made
to learn to splice without having rope in the hands and
actually executing the operations. Marlinespikes or ten pins
are desirable, but no special tools are necessary.
* 23. SHORT SPLICE (fig. 49).-a. Short splicing is the best
method to join two ropes when an appreciable increase of
rope diameter at the splice is not objectionable. A short
splice should not be used-when the rope will be passed over
b. To make the short splice.-
(1) Unlay the strands of each rope for at least five turns.
(2) Bring the ends of the rope together so that each strand
of one rope rests between two consecutive turns of the other
(3) To prevent unraveling as the splice is begun, tie a piece
of twine around the dark rope at the beginning of the un-
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