80 Uses for Paracord

by Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What Did I Miss?

Last week a friend of mine saw the paracord lanyard that I keep on my keychain and asked what it was for.

I explained a little history of paracord and told him and many of the different ways that it could be used.

I told him (jokingly) that there were over 100 different uses for paracord.

He laughed at me and said that if I could list off 100 uses he would take me out to my favorite steak joint and buy me dinner.

What he failed to say was that I couldn’t have help getting the list together.

I’ve come up with a list of 80 things so far and I need your help to find the other 20 (or more!)

Here is what I have so far:

1: Tie tarp to trees

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2: Lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc)

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3: Emergency para cord wrist band

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4: Emergency snare (from one of the strands inside)

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5: Fishing line (from inner strands)

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6: Boot laces

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7: Floss with the inner strands

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8: Dog lead

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9: Emergency suture ( from inner strands)
10:Wrap knife handle

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11: Bow drill

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12: Clothes line
13: Improvise a seat  by lashing a long log horizontally to 2 trees
14: Emergency repair for sail while sailing/canoeing

15: Belt for your trousers

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16: Hang kettle/cooking pot over a fire
17: Emergency sewing thread (from inner strands)

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18: Make a fishing net from inner strands
19: Make into a net hammock

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20: Improvise a sling

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21: Hobble your horse

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22: Perimeter trip wires (attach to tin cans or anything to make noise)
23: Watch strap

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24: Rig up a quick bow stringer when you’ve forgotten yours…

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26: Carry gear on your back when you don’t have a rucksack
27: A platypus hose cleaner(by tying granny knots in it and pulling it through.

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28: Tie house keys to forgetful children.
29: Emergency tow rope – admittedly you need several strands but it is surprising what a few together will hold!

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30: A pulley line for dragging big bits of wood up the side of a hill
31: A standby strop….  for polishing a razor
32: A skipping rope for kids (needs a heavy knot in middle)

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33: Hang mesh frames for propagating plants in greenhouse.

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34. Bear bag

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35: Rudimentary swing for the kids as and when they become bored.
37: Abseil down a cliff edge

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38: Headband/ hair tie

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39: Bundling around firewood for easy carry
40: Tie on to a sled so you can drag it during the heavy snow.

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41: Hang a light over the designated latrine for night times
42: Replace a snapped pull string on older lights.
43: Improvise a fuse
44: Hanging mirror or other large objects.
45: Use as strap wrench or Spanish windlass

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47: Improvised bore snake for cleaning a firearm

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48: Make a tire swing
49: Hanging your hammock
50: Hang an emergency whistle round your neck
51: Pull cord for chain saw
52: Pull cord for boat engine
53: Pull cord for lawn mower/ weed eater

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54: Emergency Tourniquet

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55: Tying down & securing the straps & belts of rucksacks when travelling
56: Replacing a drawstring cord in a rucksack or on gaiters
57: Tent guy lines.
58: Tying your rucksack to something solid with sophisticated bushcraft knots outside a shop.
59: To tie down a rucksack lid should one or both buckles break.
60: To make an improvised stretcher by lashing poles together and making a net.

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61: To lash poles together to make a shelter
62: To lash a blade to a long pole in order to use as a spear(for emergency hunting).

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63: To wrap a mini maglite handle for grip

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64: For lowering equipment/packs down cliff edges.
65: Handcuffs for bad guys

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66: Entertainment during stressful times ( tying and untying knots  can take your mind off of your current situation)

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67: Zipper pull

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68: Ladder

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69: Hanging a kill or your rucksack out of reach of animals at night
70: Mooring your boat to a dock
71: Replace a broken water ski rope
72: Teaching yourself to tie lifesaving knots

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73: Use it to collect water ( tie a knot and place inside a plastic bottle, hang from a rock or damp surface  area and the water will collect on the cord and drip into the bottle)
74: Help climb a tree, place around the tree to add more grip
75: Use it to make improvised snow shoes

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76: Make a sling for killing small animals
77: Create a bullwhip for defense or entertainment

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78: Create trot lines for fishing

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79: Create a gill net for fishing

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80: Lash together multiple pieces for a stronger cord

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That’s all I can come up with, so far…

Can you help me enjoy a steak dinner?

Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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