When securing a load with a ratchet strap, the hardest […]
When securing a load with a ratchet strap, the hardest part of the process is often just figuring out how to use the ratchet properly. Many people mistakenly think they've learned how to assemble a ratchet strap the right way, only to find out they're doing it wrong after their cargo is damaged. Learning the proper way to assemble a ratchet strap is imperative, and once you master these simple skills, you'll never forget them. Here are some common mistakes people make when using ratchet straps.
A big mistake with ratcheting straps is screwing the strap into the ratchet incorrectly or twisting it. You may notice this right away because you can actually tighten the ratchet when it is wrong, but only up to a point. Make sure you don't cover the handle when threading the ratchet, this will prevent the ratchet strap from being properly tensioned, and also make sure the strap is loaded evenly to prevent it from getting stuck on the track.
Another tip for learning how to assemble and use a ratchet strap is to understand the strap's weight capacity so you can use the correct material and weight limit for the job. There are several different styles of ratchet straps, hooks, and webbing that determine what kind of load they are suitable for. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the wider the webbing used, the stronger it will be.
Finally, when learning how to assemble a ratchet strap, be sure to double-check all parts for signs of wear or excessive damage so that the strap doesn't work properly. By understanding the materials you're working with and taking the time to learn how to use them properly, you can save yourself a lot of frustration when securing loads.