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Half Hitch

A simple overhand knot will tumble into a half hitch if enough pressure is applied to either side of it.  This knot is often used, because of its simplicity, where a different knot would work much better for the task at hand.  The half hitch is very easy and fast to tie, however, its  nature is to bind when put under a heavy load.  For things like clotheslines it really doesn't matter because when you are ready to change the clothesline, it is worn out anyway.
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Half Hitch
How To Tie A Half Hitch
1.
Wrap your rope around the rail, ring or other line that you are tying to.
2.
Take a round turn about the standing part of your line and tuck the bitter end through the loop you created.
3.
Snug it up.
4.
For a double half hitch, take another round turn about the standing part of the line  again and tuck it through the new loop.
5.
Snug it up to complete.
Some uses for the Half Hitch:
Tent pegs
Tying a tarp down
As a safety hitch for some other knots
Decorative fancy work
Decorative wraps on hand rails
Clotheslines
Tying up a hammock
Lashings on a wooden pole or handle to avoid or reinforce a split
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Regardless of the nature of the load, be it static or jerky, the half hitch will
just keep getting tighter until the rope fails.
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