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Static ropes are used whenever you're working with a static load, either raising or lowering. Dynamic ropes should be used whenever there is potential for a fall and high impact forces. Static ropes are used for rappelling/abseiling, ascending, hauling, rescue work and making anchors (accessory cord). Pretty much they are to be used in every situation ...


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In addition to ShemSeger's excellent answer: Try hanging in the harness in a safe spot and think about how you will be rescued if you fall. Hanging in a harness might be disabilitatingly painful. Some people loose consciousness within minutes of being suspended (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_trauma), and there are many deaths on record, in ...


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If you're not a climber, then don't buy a climbing rope for doing roof repairs. If you're going to buy a rope for a very specific job, then you should get the right equipment for the job. For about the same cost as a climbing rope you could get a full roofers kit that comes with a: 5 point safety harness 50ft lifeline anchor plate 3' shock absorbing ...


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While there are slightly different needs (on your roof you are likely to get more friction against edges than a climber) for most purposes you can use perfectly normal climbing ropes, and a standard figure eight knot to connect to your harness. However - you should be equally as interested in how you will use the rope. Do you have an experienced belayer? ...


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In ShemSegers answer fixed lines for ascending are properly adressed, there is nothing to add for me. As an alpine based mountaineer I come across lots of fixed lines whose primary purpose is security against fallig and also aiding the ascent. So the line is not the primary means for ascending. In this case, the described benefits of an ascender do not apply ...



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