PROJECT: PARACORD
Almost any description of parachute cord (or paracord or para cord, depending on what part of the south you're in) lists three or four uses and contains a disclaimer that if they listed all the uses, both the writer and the reader would be there until doomsday. We here at The Google Bordello are anal retentive and have enough free time to last us until doomsday, so we've decided to document all the clever uses for paracord. We're also fantastically lazy, so we're posting an outline so you can see the bloated mass of information that's going to be up here. -What is paracord? --550 Test paracord (the international standard) has 7 to 9 thin inner threads that contribute to its incredible strength. --The inner threads are covered in a woven nylon sheath, strong by itself, that makes them easy to grip. It can be melted with a cigarette lighter to harden, smoothen, and seal parts of it. --Paracord is rot resitant, if not rot-proof. --If your paracord comes with a fuzzy fiber core instead of the threads, you got ripped off. It's still handy for some uses (grenade tripwire), but should not be taken as 550 test for purposes that may require a stronger cord (climbing, for instance). Uses of Paracord (whole) -lashing things to things -Wrapping and lanyards -wearable paracord storage --bracelet --bootlaces --wristband --belt --improvised belt (not storage) --hatband -military/combat --handcuffs --medical uses ---splint ---tourniquet? ---hold on bandage?? --magpul (2 types) --opening doors from distance --grenade tripwire --front grip of rifle (for grip and heat protection) --cheek piece of rifle --camouflage ---ghillie suit ---camo netting ---ghillie gun --sling extender --friction saw to escape from zip-ties --fix stuff to your MOLLE GQ Belt --improvised MOLLE GQ BELT!?! -camping --bear canisters --tents/tarps --rappelling ---rappelling warning --rope ladder --clothesline --safety tripwire --bow method of firestarting --hammock (with or without utility net) --hanging chair (With towel) --tent divider --snares -water --CRABS --rafts --anchor or dock line --net -weapon --garrote --monkeyfist (bludgeoning) --flaming monkey fist --whip --sjambok --hangman's knot --keyflail --blackjack (with lead and spring) --ropedart --spear --koppoize? -misc --hair tie --dog leash --plumb line --soap on a rope --nerd strap Inner lines -floss -fishing line -fishing line (prison fishing) -sewing -suture --use big needle for all Outer Sheath -Necklace Sheath: Ball chains and neck knives are usually held on with a steel ball chain. You can take the inner threads out of a length of paracord, thread the ball chaing through the outer sheath. Doing this helps to silence the chain, prevent reflection, and makes it more comfortable. --The sheath alone can be strong enough to strangle a person, so be sure to leave at least a small gap in back. -Straw? We suspect it may be possible to make a nylon straw by completely melting the outer sheath. If anyone has data, let us know.