Fall is when we prepare the cabin for winter. This includes checking our anchors. The 3/4-inch steel cables can deteriorate and weaken over time. Fall’s lower lake level and still warm water makes it a good time to do repairs.
|Putting the rope in place.|
It’s used for our woodshed float and new barge. With that heavy load, a strong wind could snap a weakened cable. Double cables are like an insurance policy. They're available when you need them most.
|Pulling the cable in place.|
First, the distance was measured and cable ordered with enough extra to swag down in the water, out of the way of props and to prevent breaking under stress.
|Bringing the cable to the dock.|
Once the line was in place, our cedar log raft was used to carry the cable to the stump so John could anchor that end with a loop and cable clamp ratcheted down tight.
|A turfer pulls in some slack.|
As they neared the dock, the pulling became more difficult. Even with buoyancy from the water, the steel cable became very heavy.
|The cable is "tied" to the dock.|
|A cable clamp to secure the cable.|
He used another clamp to connect it together and keep the wrappings from coming undone.
Then the loose end was secured with a log staple.
|Dropping the cable in place.|