7

I occasionally use a very long stretch of twine to transport light gear (<1lb) between my partner and I when we're camping out ~30m from each other.

Unreeling and reeling this twine is extremely cumbersome - it's often tangled and I have to buy a new batch.

What would be handy is a cheap, retractable reel that I can use to unload and reload (think vacuum cleaner cord). Does anything small, cheap, automated (press a button to retract), and portable exist for extremely thin twine (not electrical cord)?

8

A wreck reel sold for scuba divers might give you what you want. They vary from simple line holders up through heavy duty reels.

  • Thank you Nik. I just did some searching - I see manually operated reels for <$30 but I'm looking for a motorized or spring-loaded mechanism so I can just press a button and have the line reeled in that price range. – user666 Oct 20 '15 at 23:00
  • 1
    @user666 No spring would let you coil up 100' of line (safely) and a button would mean you need batteries for a trivial task, one that could be done faster manually and more reliably. THIS is what you want. – Mazura Oct 21 '15 at 3:08
4

The thing that immediately jumps to mind for this is a retractable washing line, which should have enough length for what you want. However, they are relatively heavy and aren't exactly thin twine.

Another option may be a automatic fishing real. However, its probably not long enough for what you want.

  • My immediate thought was a retractable washing line too. I think if the OP was willing to modify one then this would be a workable solution. – Erik Oct 22 '15 at 2:58

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.