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Re: Safety netting for kids
Originally Posted by ParadiseParrot
I like wire ties for top because they are easy to cut away if needed and easy to refresh. Very strong and cheap. Just an option.
I elected not to use wire ties because of our locale (southwest Florida) where even black ties deteriorate and weaken quickly in the sun. They may be an option further north, however. Further, note that our daughter was always tethered when she went on deck--except when she wasn't. One can never tell when a child might manage to get on deck untethered, regardless of how watchful her/his parents are. It happens. The netting is a safety precaution, but not a substitute for vigilance. In re: bungie cord for the bottom of the netting, we found that it worked best if stretched such that it was fully extended when the mid-point between stanchions could be raised about 6" off the deck/toe-rail. That was enough to pass a line but not a kid/dog.
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