Bungee cords are great for holding things tight. You can use them to secure things on the roof rack of your car, strap the tarp of a truck or boat, or simply keep things from falling. Bungee cords are also good for making tire chains for cars and trampoline for kids. Kayakers also use them to make anchor trolleys and deck lines for securing kayaking gear. In other words, there are a million and one uses for bungee cords.
What is a bungee cord?
A bungee cord or shock cord is an elastic rope with a fabric sheath. It can have a hook assembly on each end for easy attachment. The hooks are either plastic or metal and are strong enough to withstand the tension on the cord. Furthermore, the assembly of the hook attachment must be strong enough to keep the cord from coming off. A foolproof way to secure the bungee hooks is to crimp the ends of the cord with a hog ring.
In this article, I provide a step-by-step guide on how to securely install bungee cord hooks on a shock cord using hog rings and a pair of hog ring pliers.
How to secure bungee cord hook with hog rings
Tools and supplies
- Hog ring pliers via Amazon
- Hog ring fasteners
- Bungee cord
- Bungee hook
- Tape measure
- Utility knife or hot knife
- Needle nose pliers (optional)
Step 1: Measure and cut the bungee cord to length. You can use a utility knife or hot knife but first wrap where you want to cut with masking tape. A masking tape helps make a clean cut. A hot knife cuts and seals so you won’t need the second step. Just peel off the tape after cutting.
Step 2: Seal the ends of the cord to prevent fraying. Use a fire torch or lighter to burn the ends lightly and squeeze with your fingers. Then remove the masking tape after the end has cooled.
If you used a hot knife to cut, you don’t need to burn the ends again. Your cord is already sealed. The hot knife cuts and seals the end of the shock cord.
Step 3: Insert the end of the shock cord through the hole of the bungee hook or carabiner. Expose enough length for gripping. At least 5 inches is good. But if you are making a big loop, you will need enough length to fold over.
Step 4: Set the hog ring onto the hog ring pliers. Hog ring pliers have a spring mechanism that keeps the ring fastener from falling. The hog ring should be the same size as the diameter of the shock cord rope. For example, 1/4″ hog ring for 1/4″ bungee or 3/8 hog ring for 3/8 bungee.
Step 5: Fold and crimp the end of the bungee cord. Just fold like an inch or less. Hold it firmly with your hand or needle nose pliers and put the hog ring around it. Once the ring is properly seated, crimp it with the hog ring pliers by squeezing the handles together. Press until the pokes of the ring overlap. Rotate the knot between the jaws of the hogring pliers and continue pressing until it is nice and tight.
Step 6: Pull back the excess length of the cord so that the knot sits on the hook. Now you have a foolproof knot that will keep the hook from ever coming out unless it breaks or the cord snaps.
Well, there you have it. That is how to secure a carabiner hook to a bungee cord using hog rings. You can also use the ring fastener to secure a couple of chock cords together.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When you cut bungee cord, the ends may start to fray. Fortunately, you can easily keep the shock cord ends from fraying by either cutting with a hot knife, burning the ends lightly with a fire torch, or applying a light coat of fray free fabric stabilizer.
One of the best fabric stabilizer products is the Terial Magic fabric fray free stabilizer (via Amazon). It binds the fiber of fabric together to prevent unraveling. You can use it to secure the ends of your bungee cords if you don’t know how to seal them with heat.
The rule of thumb when finding the appropriate size of hog ring for bungee is to use hog rings that are the same size as the shock cord. For example, 1/4 hog ring for 1/4 bungee or 3/8 hog clip for 3/8 shock cord. If you cannot find a matching size, choose the nearest hog ring size.