Last winter my wife slipped on the ice and messed up her neck/shoulder. She has found a great Physical Therapist at Therapeutic Associates in Selah, WA and on one of her visits they put a clean pillow case over her head so that the strap on the device wouldn’t touch her. Sorry to say they didn’t take a photo but she did ask why they weren’t using easy to clean straps.
Measurements were taken and prototypes made. Remeasure and another round of prototypes and then they took her off that machine and on to a Saunders Cervical Traction Device. Another hard to clean strap there so we designed one using easy to clean BioThane material that the staff and patients seem to like.
Watching TV today I saw an ad for the WeatherTech CupFone with a new feature, a holder for hand sanitizer. The ad talks about how you can never find your phone or hand sanitizer in your car and they are right.
Several months ago I had the same problem. Where in the world is that bottle of hand sanitizer? We have come to like the product made by Heritage Distilling which is a local company. It comes in booze bottles so we found smaller plastic containers that we could use in our cars. Mine is cylindrical in shape and turned out to be very elusive.
A bit of ballistic nylon and a snap later and I had a holster for the bottle. I screwed the male portion of the snap in to my center console, trucks these days have plenty of plastic, and after a few months it continues to perform flawlessly. The bottle is a TSA approved size and it snaps closed nicely and doesn’t leak.
Any fabric would work. Ballistic nylon is nice since it is very stiff. Lighter material might need more folds at the top or a piece of wire inserted so that it stays open- along with quick draw it is nice to be able to drop the container back in. This is a project that only took a few minutes, but then again we have sewing machines set up all the time.
If you want to try the Heritage Distilling hand sanitizer, at least in Washington State Costco is carrying it.
A customer wanted a strap that used a buckle that I don’t carry, nor do any of my domestic suppliers. The customer sent me a link so I could buy them online. The problem was the supplier was located in China.
I had to turn this project down. Why?
When we source a product from a domestic supplier, either manufacturer or importer, they provide us with product liability coverage for their products. Importers located in the United States will either carry their own insurance or work with the overseas manufacturer so they carry insurance that covers sales in the United States.
If we were to order product directly from China through an online e-commerce site there isn’t any insurance coverage. Any liability falls directly on the importer, most of whom do not realize the risk they are assuming.
Don’t Amazon, ebay or other e-commerce sites protect their customers based in the United States?
Not if you are buying from a “Third Party Seller” which is what any company shipping from overseas would be. Forget any help, you are on your own.
What is the solution?
Simple, buy from a company based in the United States!
OK, what if you are living outside the United States?
If something were to go wrong, really wrong you are still protected by our insurance. It might be a mess but at least you have options.
Just trying to return a product will still be difficult just due to the cost of transport and that is not what I am discussing.
Westpac Marine, the parent company of Straps to Go has been in business since February 14, 1984. We used to service marine lifesaving equipment and understand the product liability implications from that high risk business. We have been sued for problems with imported products and through this process learned what needed to be done to protect both ourselves and our customers.
This is a crazy world we live in and it seems not a week goes by when you don’t read about a problem with a product that just shouldn’t have any issues. Dog leashes were in the news not too long ago, breaking and injuring the user (human not canine).
We don’t sell products that fail to carry product liability insurance. We don’t make straps that are destined to fail. We care about our customers and their safety.
A large industrial supply company advertises “shock-absorbing nylon webbing”.What is it and how does it differ from standard nylon webbing?
All nylon products stretch. That is the nature of the material and if we were talking about rope, it would be described as a “dynamic” product. If you were rock climbing and fell, you wouldn’t want to be tethered to the mountain with a steel cable where there would be no give when it got fully extended. Your body would be a wreck. One climbing rope manufacturer says their dynamic ropes provide a “soft catch”. In the marine industry nylon is used for anchor and mooring lines but never as a tow line.
Polyester fibers provide little stretch. In the rope world they comprise what are known as “static” ropes. Sheets and halyards on a sailboat along with tow lines all need to be static ropes.
In the webbing world the terms static and dynamic are rarely used. If you are designing a dog leash there will never be enough of a load that the user could tell the difference. Other factors are more important, how does it feel in your hand, does it come in the right color and what is the cost are all common areas of interest. Unless you are making fall prevention or load securing gear, static or dynamic hardly comes in to play.
Now to answer the question-
All nylon webbing is shock absorbing, or dynamic. You can check out our nylon webbing options to see what we stock. The thinner the webbing, for example #630 is thinner than #7400, the more it will stretch for a given load but they all stretch- or are shock-absorbing.
Interested in ‘static’ webbing? Polyester is the way to go. It is more expensive than nylon and color options are very limited.
The Berry Amendment mandates that the Defense Department gives preference to items made in the United States out of domestic materials when purchasing fabric products (and others).
In the case of webbing and buckles, that means that not only does the product need to be made in the U.S.A. but all of the raw materials must be made here. Nylon fiber, raw plastics for buckles, dyes, the list goes on. Once a manufacture has their raw materials they must be converted to a finished product in the United States.
Some products are easy to source. Most of the plastic buckles that we purchase from American Cord & Webbing (ACW) are Berry Compliant. Webbing is more difficult. Polypropylene webbing is for the most part imported. Manufacturers will import nylon fiber and convert it in to webbing in the US. That product is not Berry Compliant since the fiber is imported. It can be labeled as Made in the USA which only requires that the majority of the cost is based in the USA.
All of this started in 1941 by Representative Ellis Yarnall Berry and it has been amended several times since then. In 2009 Congressman Larry Kissell brought similar requirements for textile and apparel products purchased by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
If your customer is asking for Berry Compliant products they should come with a Certificate of Compliance.
Made in the U.S.A. is not a guarantee that the product is Berry Compliant.
If your supplier does not know about Berry Compliance it is doubtful that their products make the grade.
Expect to pay more for Berry Compliant products, especially webbing.
You might run in to minimum order quantities greater than for non-Berry products.
Social distancing is a fact of life now. Keeping our “customers and employees” safe is a requirement. A few days ago I was contacted to see if we could make webbing straps to block off pews in a church. The customer sent the above photo to show what he was looking for (he already had the signs).
Together we designed a strap that was adjustable from 33″ to 59″ with snaps on each end to attach to the pews.
1″ standard weight polypropylene webbing with a black oxide coated snap on each end. Simply adjusted using the slide and there are no components that can get lost.
The strap connects to the wooden pews using a screw stud at each end. This makes it easy to move from place to place or remove when social distancing isn’t a requirement.
We can make them in all the colors of standard weight polypropylene webbing we stock and we can change the length to suit your needs. Churches, courtrooms, meeting halls all could use these straps. Different attachments are possible either out of plastic or metal.
Give us a call at (253) 627-6000 to discuss your application.
COVID-19 has kept us pretty well isolated. The good news is we can walk to work and live in a beautiful area. The other day a neighbor had a leaky sink. Wow, a reason to do something a little different.
First I had to convince the owner of the leak that I should be able to fix it. When I was really young I remember that my dad was in the plumbing business. That was enough to get the “job”.
This got me thinking, what if my memory was incorrect? Brought up Google and checked for Denny’s House of Plumbing. If figured that there might be something but wasn’t expecting much. It had been in the early 1950’s after all.
They are still in business! A third generation business which in itself is amazing. I contacted them and a response was rapidly sent back. Yes the current owner knew my dad and my memories from the early 50’s were correct.
While this is interesting, coupled with a recent experience while on jury duty the rapid response to my email is atypical for a plumber.
I was called for jury duty but had an appointment with a plumber at the same time. A call to the court to get excused was met with the clerk saying “your got a plumber to schedule an appointment?” I was immediately excused.
Until recently DIY stood for Death In Yard, our yard was not a safe place for our feathered friends. We live in a pine forest and have a window wall which was being struck by fast moving birds daily. It wasn’t nice and we knew something had to be done.
We had tried everything we could think of. Streamers outside. Large cardboard stars hanging inside. Nothing worked. Finally we found a web site, www.birdsavers.com that had a DIY way to help.
Parachute cord is easy to come by, just head down to our shop. However we have a serious wind issue so we actually used some left over black elastic cord. This was coupled with a restraint at the bottom of the windows so that the cords would not get blown around and tangled (we had that problem with our streamers).
Just a cedar 1×4 both at the top and bottom of the windows was all it took. Actually that isn’t quite true- our grandson drilled all the holes and is now an expert with the cordless drill!
Here you can see the top of our windows along with the “enticing” reflections that used to draw the birds in. Yes, used to draw the birds in! Fingers crossed, after a week we have not had a single bird strike. The yard is full and the bird air traffic control is working overtime but the BirdSavers are living up to their name.
As you can see in the last image we did not install them on the upper two windows. I don’t like heights and getting the first two levels done was all the ladder work I could handle. If necessary we have the parts but so far I have been allowed to stay on terra firma. You know the old saying, the more firma, the less terra.
Footman’s Loops, Webbing Guides, Tie Down Eye Straps- whatever you call them they are a useful way to connect webbing to a rigid surface.
We stock the following options: 1″ webbing size in stainless steel, white nylon and black nylon 1½” webbing size in black nylon 2″ webbing size in stainless steel
Those that we stock are designed to be used with #10 fasteners (which are not included). If you need dimensions go to our site and search for “footman”. Choose your option and the detail page will have a full set of dimensions.
Now for the $64,000.00 question; where did the name “footman’s loop” originate?
Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo and other search engines are no help. Neither is Wikipedia. This must be one of the few topics not yet addressed on the internet.
Here is my guess- Wikipedia says that “footmen” were attendants who ran beside or behind the carriages of aristocrats. Carriages often had mountains of luggage strapped to the back, most likely with leather. A low, flat loop would be useful in securing the load. That’s my guess.
When searching, the entry for “footman” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary caught my eye. Recent Examples on the Web Nowhere is this more on display than in Thane’s Aunt Mabel, an aging widow who devours footmen (and any other attractive, available men in her vicinity) for breakfast.
This brings on a whole new question- what is the proper side dish when one devours a footman?