I used a lashing belt for setting up my hammock and someone I know who didn’t do this ever before asked me how a lashing belt works. Although it’s fairly easy I want to explain the general use step by step here:
Lay out the strap
If applicable, attach the securing hooks to a suitable mounting point. Some belts come with mounting hooks, some are just belt loops.
Insert the strap into the ratchet and pull it a little tight by hand. Insert the strap it from the back side of the ratchet!
Pull tight using the ratchet. You’re done. Always have an exe on the maximum carrying capacity of your particular strap and make sure everything is hooked up, fastened and arranged properly!