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Last post 01-12-2007 12:25 PM by Paul Jansz. 7 replies.

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  • 08/10/2007 04:14 PM
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    I am putting up a frame for a support, over which to train some tayberries. Until a visit to RHS Rosemoor last week, the plan was to drill holes in the frame timbers to take rope, to which the tayberry stems could be tied. However, in the fruit and veg garden similar training ropes for fruit were threaded through what I for want of a better description would call a rope ring: like a screw in vine eye, with a separate ring hanging from the eye; an altogether better arrangement. After some hunting around to try and find some I am no closer; any thoughts on what the correct name for these items might be, and where they may be purchased?

  • 08/10/2007 05:15 PM
    • miranda
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    • 17 Nov 2004
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    Hello Paul, I think I know what you mean though I've never seen these for sale. My suggestion, which may not be what you want, but would be cheap and satisfying to do, is to make your own, by splicing. My partner was in the merchant navy as a young man, and splicing rope was part of the training; he taught me to do it. It's quite simple really and basically involves unravelling the ends of a length of rope and re-winding them to form, for example, a loop. The join, if properly done, is very strong. It's a useful skill - most recently, I've used it in making plant supports and it once came in handy for repairing the handle of a suitcase. There are instructions here: [url=http://www.foreandaftmarine.com/MAKINGANEYESPLICE.htm]http://www.foreandaftmarine.com/MAKINGANEYESPLICE.htm[/url]. I believe sisal is one of the best to use and you can find all sorts at ships chandlers. [Edited on 09/10/2007]

  • 09/10/2007 09:26 AM
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    Any good farm or fencing supply house ([i]Yellow Pages[/i]?) should be able to help with eye bolts, such as: [url=http://www.molevalleyfarmers.com/cms_aboutus.aspx]http://www.molevalleyfarmers.com/cms_aboutus.aspx[/url] I doubt you will get much joy from suburban builders merchants. Boggy

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  • 09/10/2007 01:26 PM
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    Miranda, Thanks for the idea. If all else fails I will bend some rings from steel rod, and hang these from vine eyes. But I wouild prefer the manufactured product as seen at Rosemoor, not least because they appeared to be galvanised. Boggy, Thanks, while in the area I tried (the ever-useful) Mole Valley Farmers in Okehampton, and actually drew what I wanted, but they didn't have it, nor could they name it! An eye bolt is functionally a nut and bolt equivalent to a screw in vine eye so that's not it...

  • 09/10/2007 03:20 PM
    • miranda
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    I thought you were looking for something in rope rather than metal, Paul. I can see why you might want a manufactured product, though if all else fails, you could always wax the rope.

  • 14/10/2007 10:39 AM
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    Would it be a ring bolt that you are after at all? http://www.liftingsafety.co.uk/shop/images/g-257_shoulder_ring_bolts_text.gif Commercial producers, and indeed Wisley, strain wires for vineyards, raspberies and berries by attaching them to a length of chain - 20cm or so - at one end. The wires are pulled tight and then anchored by slipping a link of chain over a nail on the reverse of the post. As wires get slack or taut a link can be released or taken up as required. The wires goes around or through the post as you please; through looks nicer. Boggy

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  • 15/10/2007 05:32 PM
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    Hi Paul, Lesley is currently away this week but I have spoken to Peter Earle about the ring/eye bolts in the fruit garden at Rosemoor. He said they had them specially made by a local blacksmith so that they stood away from the walls by about 6” and then had eye bolts threaded through them on to which the training wires were fastened. Peter said they did not cost that much to have them made (but how much discount was made for Rosemoor I do not know). Helen Bostock, Wisley

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  • 01/12/2007 12:25 PM
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    Helen, Thanks for the research, and providing such a clear answer. Looks like a trip to a local fabricator to get some rings made up from rod. Just a thought, perhaps there is a product opportunity for the RHS here? Best, Paul.