Figure 4-31. Scaffold hitch
k. Whipping. The raw, cut end of a rope has a tendency to untwist and should always be
knotted or fastened in some manner to prevent this untwisting. Whipping (Figure 4-32, page 4-24) is
one method of fastening the rope end to prevent untwisting. The rope is whipped by wrapping the end
tightly with a small cord. This method is particularly satisfactory because there is very little increase in
the size of the rope. The whipped rope end will still thread through blocks or other openings. Before
cutting the rope, place two whippings on the rope 1 to 2 inches apart and make the cut between the
whippings. This will prevent the cut ends from untwisting immediately after they are cut.