Elastic straps.....whatdaya call 'em????

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You know,......... those common elastic straps with a hook on each end.

I used to ride touring bikes many years ago and we strapped luggage and sleeping bag onto the bike's rack with an "OCCY" strap (short for "octapus" I reckon).

I know other blokes who refer to them as "JOCKY" straps and now, in the post about water storage in a GU with 2 fridges in the back, there is a bloke who refers to them as "HOCKY" straps.

What's right and has anybody got any other names for them (aside from the obvious one that you call it about 3 seconds after it's slipped out of your hands under full tension and has just ripped your left eye out!!!!)
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:08

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:08
Ocky straps - short for Octopus, is what I'd call them if I ever used them. Pretty wary myself.

Young shopping trolley collector in Karratha I think either died or lost an eye a few years back exactly the way you describe. Now you notice the trolley collectors use webbing straps not Ocky Straps.

But language evolves Roachie, maybe it's just another thing for us to get confused and bewildered about..... :-)

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:26

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:26
. . . like the spelling of "voila" you see in many posts :-)

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Reply By: Member - David 0- Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:15

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:15
The red one is called Reddy
The green one Kermit
The yellow one Sunshine

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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:21

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:21
it can get confusing though, because the green Range Rover is called the Green Goddess, and the red rag that is the universal, "dust everything off", and "lay on the ground to look under the vehicle" rag is called "red rag to a bull"

Red rage to a bull has travelled more of Australia than most Australians, so he is very precious :-)

Hey I didn't say I was sane :-)
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:19

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:19
In australia we call them occy straps in NZ they call the bungy straps.

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Follow Up By: Member-Neil & Margie-Cairns - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:04

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:04
Damn Eric , you beet me , yep bungy cord , (strap) ,, thats the one !!

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Reply By: Member - David 0- Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:23

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:23
I think technically the occy strap is the one that has several stretchy bits attched to a centre ring.
So I guess bungy strap is universal. Several bungies make an occy

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Reply By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:23

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:23
Another name is "eye removers".
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:04

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:04
ditto
also a bloke in WA didnt know what hit him...he is now with the almighty

those things are dangerous and should be banned.
wouldnt let any of my mechanics use them in or on their vans....
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:48

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:48
They are band in WA work places

youngen was killed by one getting shopping trolleys

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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:31

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:31
Now, there are some shops, which have neon on the front windows, with the letters...XXX. I don't know if these are proper camping supply shops, but I have seen a few campers in them. These straps come in all shapes and sizes, but I've never heard the words that have been suggested in the above threads, oh no...

They even have other clippy things on the ends instead of the hooks as well. I think from memory, you can buy snatch straps from here, as well as those things you blow up.... I think they are for lifting out of sand or something.

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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:36

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 16:36
I'll be sure to check these shops out sometime Wolfie.

Which one do you recommend?
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Follow Up By: Joe King - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 19:23

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 19:23
Yeah, I think I know the ones, lots & lots of instuction manuals & video's, plugs for various uses & usually a very well educated, extremely well informed upstanding pillar of the community behind the counter, is that the place????
("Snatch strap" LMFAO!!!!)
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 17:00

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 17:00
You dont mean "suspenders"??? They look much better with a pair of red fish nets atached to them. :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:08

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:08
Michael,
How did you go with Pud?
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Pud & Barb R (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:35

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:35
They are going to meet in Sydney somewhere
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:56

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:56
Hi Bill, Martin is going to throw it in his truck, when he is waiting somewhere close to Bankstown, he will give me a ring. That should work out ok.. Thanks again bill.. Michael
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 17:06

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 17:06
What do you call 'em???

Dangerous!
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 17:39

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 17:39
I used to call them " bloody dangerous " until I started buying longer ones and putting a knot into each one so they could not slip through and unleash their full fury on my face .
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:05

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:05
willie it aint the rubber band thats going to hurt...its the efin hook at the other end you wont see
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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:34

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 18:34
Also often known as "stretchies"
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Reply By: roofscooter2 - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 19:03

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 19:03
These are the stretchy SHOELACE noes are they?
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 19:42

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 19:42
The technical nomenclature for these things is (drum roll)... "elastic tie downs" I actually found a better way of getting them. Buy the bulk shock cord, as it is called, from Bunnings and get some decent hooks also from Bunnings and secure the hooks to the ends of your chosen length shock cord with a half blood knot or crimp with the crimp on clips that you can also buy. So strong that I can tie Sybil to the roof with them.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:02

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:02
$HIT (when they hit you in the face)
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:07

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:07
ouch if your lucky...
you only need to get hit once eh willem
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Reply By: Axle - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:12

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:12
Those elastic straps with a hook on each end? My ol man held his duds up with them , BRACES!!
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:46

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 20:46
Dunno my wife [when i was married to her ] had some elastic straps with hooks and she called it a BRA
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:00

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:00
Used to come with a steel ring that attatched 4 straps together ie. 8 ends. This is the origin of the "octopus" strap. Originally made to hold down tarps and things on trailers.
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:29

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:29
Bloody strong.
These were holding a surfboard down on the el cheapo roofracks on my datsun 240K many years ago when I hit a "Road Closed... Flooding Ahead" sign, (no brakes at time) and the sign flew up over the windscreen....lodged under the surfboard and promptly ripped the roofracks off and the whole setup went bouncing down the road behind me. When I eventually stopped and got back to where the roofracks and board were, they were stilled attached by these "bloody strong " straps.

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Follow Up By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:58

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:58
You speeding in a 240K with a skeg board on the roof and no brakes, why is it that doesn't surprise me? LOL.
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Reply By: drew - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:53

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:53
Use something else if possible - see attached...

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Reply By: Jimbo - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 22:13

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 22:13
In Victoria,

we call shock absorbers shockers, not shockies (shockies sounds a bit soft).

We call rubber straps Ocker Straps, Not Occy Straps (sounds a bit Homo).

Occy, pussy, shockie, wankie, softy. Not for us LOL.

That's just the way we are here.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 07:42

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 07:42
typical...you lot have to be different dont you....
bloody vics hehehe
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 11:16

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 11:16
Guys,

Get with it!

Those old "Occy" straps are history.

If you want something that is much safer and more practical, you need ROK Straps.
These straps, available from most camping and the larger hardware stores are "flat" with hooks that don't come off. The stretch is limited and based on the length of the strap.

They are available in two different widths and a few different lengths.

There is also an adjustable type, of which I use two to secure the Engel to the fridge slide, while at the same time allowing a "bit of play".

Bloody good they are and safe as well.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 11:44

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 11:44
Sand Man,

Agree. I've been using the ROK straps for several years now without a problem. Binned all the old Occy straps. Available at Big W etc as well.

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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 17:14

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 17:14
I got a bundle of them here Roachie, come past and you can call them.....YOURS!
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