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This also applies to cable, chain, and webbing.

Gear that is anchored includes anchors, rocks, trees, tripods, trucks, etc.

A "bight" is a simple loop in a rope that does not cross itself.

A "bend" is a knot that joins two ropes together. Bends can only be attached to the end of a rope.

A "hitch" is a type of knot that must be tied around another object.

"Descending devices" (e.g., ATCs, Brake Bar Racks, Figure 8s, Rescue 8s, etc) create friction as their primary purpose. The friction in descending devices is always considered when calculating forces.

The "Safety Factor" is the ratio between the gear's breaking strength and the maximum load applied to the gear (e.g., 5:1).

Gear Builder Connections Page

The Connections page in the Gear Builder controls how other gear connects to this gear. Most of the controls on the Connections page are disabled until you add at least one gear connection.

This gear connects to ...

The This gear connects to option at the top of the Connections page specifies the type of gear this gear can connect to. If you set this to Anything, the gear connections will be able to connect to any gear (e.g., carabiners, fire hoses, etc), but it is helpful to limit the type of gear to either fire hose (for gear used in firefighting illustrations), industrial gear (for pipes, walls, etc), or to rigging gear (for most items in vRigger).

Add a Gear Connection

Click the Add Gear Connection button to add a new gear connection. Each piece of gear can have a maximum of 12 gear connections.

The gear connections are displayed as a round dot with an arrow. When a gear connection is selected, it is displayed in red with a dark blue rotation handle near the end of the arrow.

Drag the rotation handle to point the arrow in the direction that the gear connects to other gear. Press the Shift key while dragging the handle to constrain the rotation to 15° increments.

The carabiner shown here can connect at two locations. The arrows identify the direction of the connections.

You can "nudge" a gear connection by clicking on the connection and, while still holding your mouse button pressed, pressing the arrow keys on your keyboard to move the connection one pixel at a time.

Delete a Gear Connection

Click the Delete Gear Connection button to delete the currently selected gear connection.

Select a gear connection

Click on a gear connection to select it.

You can also use the >> button to move the selection to the next gear connection. This button is disabled when there are fewer than two gear connections.

Specify Whether the Gear Connection Opens

Select the This gear connection opens checkbox if the selected gear connection can open to connect to other gear. For example, both connections on a carabiner can open, whereas the eye on a pulley typically cannot open.

When you attempt to connect gear in vRigger, normally one of the two pieces of gear must open or the gear will not connect. For example, you normally cannot connect the eyes on two pulleys because neither connection opens. However, if you enabled the Allow non-opening gear to connect option on the General page of the vRigger Options dialog, gear will connect even if neither connection opens.

Specify the maximum out-of-alignment

Specify the amount that two pieces of gear can be out of alignment and still connect. For example, if two pieces of gear each specify 15 degrees, they can be out of alignment by 30 degrees and still connect. Learn more about connecting gear that is not aligned.

Specify the maximum number of links

Enter the number of items that can connect to the selected gear connection.

Sound when gear connects

Use this option to specify the sound the gear makes when it connects to other gear.

The sound that is actually heard when two pieces of gear connect depends on both pieces of gear. For example, when a knot (which makes a rope sound) is connected to a carabiner (which makes a click sound), you will hear a click. Use the "Other" sound for solid connections, like industrial pipes, walls, and I-beams.

If none of the gear connections can open, it is best to leave the sound set to none.

Show gear as interlocked with other gear

Select this checkbox if gear that is connected to this gear should appear "linked" to this item. When in doubt, leave this checkbox selected.

The few items in vRigger that have this option unselected are the raft (because the D-Rings are in the middle of the raft), the pipes (because they don't interlock), the firefighting gear, and the clove and munter hitches (because the carabiner shouldn't split these hitch).>Learn more about displaying gear that isn't interlocked.

Draw this item in front/back

These two radio buttons are only enabled when the Show gear as interlocked with other gear is unchecked (i.e., you don't want the gear to appear linked when it is connected to other gear). Learn more about displaying gear that isn't interlocked.

The few items in vRigger that have this option unselected are the raft (because the D-Rings are in the middle of the raft), the pipes (because they don't interlock), the firefighting gear, and the clove and Munter hitches (because the carabiner shouldn't split these hitches).

Gear Builder links

Watch a video that explains how to create your own gear.

General page settings

Connections page settings

Ropes page settings

Forces page settings