How do you do up the load securement straps on a flatbed truck or trailer?
I’ve used several types of ratchet straps. On some trailers the ratchet is built into the body of the trailer. It is just a pipe with a slot the strap will go through attached to a tooth and wheel ratchet and operated with a pry bar. The strap itself will have one end with a hook on it and are stored with the strap rolled “hook out”.
Down the opposite side of the highboy you will find a metal strap for the hooks. You should hang the hook inside out on the rail with the round part of the hook up (so if the strap come loose the hook stays on the rail) then you just throw the roll of webbing over your load and ratchet it down on the other side.
On my own rig the ratchets were loose and were simply mounted on a piece of angle iron that fit on the i-beam down the side of my trailer so you could mount the ratchet anywhere. Web straps are great for loads that don’t have a lot of density, are bundled or damage easily (egg. lumber, drilling mud, sucker rod, coated pipe, trusses) they however are not great for dense material like drilling collars, concrete, pipe or heavy equipment. On those thing you need more grip so use a chain and boomer and with any pipe you should belly wrap it.
Last thing you want is a drill collar in your cab because you hit the brakes and it slid through your strapping or under your chains.