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Old 10-04-2004, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default Splicing 12 strand rope

I would like to splice two pieces of 12 strand, round nylon (I think) rope end to end. This is the rope that is either red/white, green/white or blue/white and is commonly used for anchor rope. Can anyone help me out?

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Old 10-04-2004, 11:12 AM   #2
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Default Re: Splicing 12 strand rope

12 strand? I think you mean 3 strand twisted, never heard of 12 (you only count the main strands, not the strands that make the strands). It's normally 3 or double braid for dock and anchor lines. Hmmm... they do make a full braided nylon rope (it's a real soft rope, nice to handle but tends to abraid and fuzz), maybe that's what you have? If so that would really be a challenge to do a full splice on. You probably need about 30 more fingers than you have to keep track of all those lines.

You can buy a book and then practice, practice and practice, all you need is the book and a fid. Splicing two rope together is easier than trying to do an eye but it stil ltakes some practice. Use a piece of old or cheap 3 strand to practice otherwise you may make one short rope out of two short ropes! :grin:
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Old 10-04-2004, 11:51 AM   #3
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Mel:

Thanks for the info. This rope is the full braided nylon and has 12 strands. You are right about it being suceptable to fraying and fuzzing. Have a 100' piece and a 75 foot piece. Want to make a 175' rope. Would you know where I could get a book on this?

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Old 10-04-2004, 12:54 PM   #4
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Nail Knot,
I have instructions at home. I'll see if I can dig them out for you tonight. Biggest problem is keeping track of the strands. It helps to color them and practice, practice, practice. You can also check the manufacturer for specific instructions for their rope, most have them published.

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Go here and part way down the page.

http://www.samsonrope.com/home/recma...splicingimgARB
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Old 10-04-2004, 02:55 PM   #6
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Thanks Orca and Magoo. Orca, the directions that you sent me to look like what I'm looking for. Now the only question is what size fid do I need? Do you guys know how to determine the diameter I need? Is it approximately equal to the diameter of one of the strands? That's what it looks like to me.

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Old 10-05-2004, 10:09 AM   #7
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Nail Knot, the diameter is not the only concern, so is length. The fids are sized to the size of line you are splicing. Just purchase the appropriate one or purchase a kit if you think you will be doing any other line work. They were around $20 a few years ago at West Marine.

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