The Right Way to Use Ratchet Tie Down Straps

If you are moving a few pieces of furniture across town, or delivering a large load of supplies to an out of state destination, it’s important that all items are secured in place with tie down straps in order to prevent unnecessary movement and shuffling around.  Items that are damaged in a move typically sustain the most damage while the truck or trailer is in motion – not when the items are being moved in and out.

The best way to secure medium and large-sized items is with high quality ratchet tie down straps.  These types of straps are made in two pieces:  The first piece consists of a strap that has a hook on one end and a second piece with a locking ratchet on the first end and a hook on the other.

To operate ratchet tie straps, take the strap without the ratchet and put the hook end into one of the solid anchor points in the truck bed or in the trailer.  There are many models of trucks which now come standard with special “ratchet tie down hooks” that make it easy to complete the process of anchoring.

Take the other end of the strap around to the other side of the truck or trailer.  Make sure that it forms as flat a line as possible, as this is the best way to ensure a snug fit.

Next, insert the free end into the slot on the ratchet end, and tighten the strap around the item by moving the ratchet handle in a back and forth motion.  It’s important that you don’t tighten tie downs too hard, or else you could easily break cherished heirlooms or valuable pieces of furniture.  The trick is to make sure you have a snug fit, but not one that puts too much pressure on the item.

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