Other knotty supplies are needed. Besides the rope, an appropriate natural stick is needed to tie all the cords to at the very start. Specifically a wooden curtain rod. Luckily, we are well stocked with forest-type products outdoors here in Elk WA. Having an expert in forestry is always handy too. Peter, finds a perfect dead limb and cuts it to the right length for me. Thank goodness for the handiest man in the world. Not only is he capable of finding just what we need, but he also gets it ready without even using electricity. A green deal magician accustomed to using his common sense and old-fashioned hand tools. Move over Biden. I really scored with this keeper dude. Love him!