Rope is something most of us have around the house, but it either mysteriously disappears when we need it, or we overlook its many uses.
It's especially handy for backyard living and for hauling stuff.
Rope is great for camping, too, whether it's tying down a tent, marking your site with a colorful one or using a clothesline for drying towels.
"Clothesline is the top-selling type of rope, without a doubt," says Jamie McGlumphy, product manager for the Lehigh Group headquartered in Aurora, Ill., which manufactures ropes of all kinds. "We've found that more than 43 percent of Americans dry their laundry on a clothesline or drying rack."
We're here to show you how to use various ropes (available at hardware stores and home warehouses) so you can lasso every sweet summer moment.
Good for: Gardening
Why it's good: The natural fiber knots well (ideal for staking tomatoes and other plants) and resists sunlight. Also use for bundling, impromptu napkin rings and craft projects. For example, you can wind it around vases.
Cost: $6 for 100 feet of 1/4-inch rope
Good for: clothesline
Why it's good: Durable yet flexible and holds knots well. Remember to check with your city and homeowners association about whether outdoor clotheslines are allowed.
Cost: $5 for 100 feet of 3/16-inch rope
Nylon yacht braid
Good for: boating
Why it's good: The shock-absorbent and mildew-resistant rope is perfect for mooring and anchoring line.
Cost: $11 for 15 feet of 3/8-inch rope
Good for: hammocks and tree swings
Why it's good: It's a helpful material in backyard fun spots because it resists abrasion, sunlight damage, rot and mildew.
Cost: $12 for 50 feet of 3/8-inch rope
Good for: water sports
Why it's good: For pools, tubing or towing water skiers, the rope is lightweight, floats and holds knots well without slipping.
Cost: $10 for 100 feet of 1/4-inch rope
Good for: camping
Why it's good: It is resistant to rot, mildew, oil, acid and sunlight. Tie down tents with ground stakes and these ropes.
Cost: $5 for 50 feet of 5/16-inch rope