Originally Posted by witzgall
I just got off of the phone
with Greg from Wichard. He told me that:
1: I should not have to feed the fid through the eye
2: I need core in the eye.
So it is back to the drawing board. I'll try again tonight, and see how things come out.
I think Greg may have given you a bum steer. XLS is a double braid so to do it to maximum retained strength you will need to get core inside you eye, which generally means you'll need to get a fid thru the fitting or use a puller type fid. Not so much 'strength' as such but having the core in there will give better wear and ad to the overall strength a bit but helping the cover stay in form (rounder) better.
Basically XLS is a polyester double braided rope i.e a braided polyester core with a braided polyester cover. Ropes like this take the load roughly equally between the cover and core so lose 1 and you've lost
1/2 the strength. BUT this is fine as the load will be sheared by both 'legs' of the splice. 50% of the load in one leg and 50% in the other so with the cover only (which is 50% of the ropes total load) times 2 legs we are back at full strength again. You do lose a little with each splice as the fibres are being bent a bit out of shape. With a good splice work on losing 15% of the ropes total load, bad splice can be more, a lot more.
NOTE: Ropes with Spectra (and the rest fancy cores) look similar but are core dependant ropes and must be treated / spliced differently. DO NOT USE THE SAME SPLICE ON A CORE DEPENDANT ROPE AS A STANDARD DOUBLE BRAID. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT ROPE YOU ARE SPLICING BEFORE YOU START. Very very important.
Hints for new splicers (I've trained more than a couple) -
Practice practice practice and then a smidgen more practice. All of a sudden 'CLICK' and it'll falling to place in your head
Don't practice on old ropes, why make it hard for yourself.
Don't get stressed. If you're get frustrated take a long cool glass of 'calm down' then get back into it. Stressing is bad and does not help.
Start with simple loops before getting jiggy with dropping in thimbles or fittings. This way your head
will know the basics before you have to get more specific with lengths and so on that come when fitting fittings.
I'm guessing your looking at Samsons splicing instructions for a Class 1 Double Braid, hopefully as that's what your trying to do. Not sure what Fids you have so I'm going to work with tubular types here.
The fitting has to be slide over the cover between steps 4 and 5. If a open type thimble you can slide that in right at the end before the final bury.
In step 6 you bury the cover into the core and taper the cover. Once tapered slide the core back over the cover so the end of the tapered cover just disappears into the core. FIX the splice somehow there by using a clamp or put a pin or 2 thru where the core is over the cover. This helps stop things sliding around while you do the tricky core into cover bit. It's also good for when reaching for the beer
so the bloody thing doesn't fall apart, it is very fragile at this stage. This way is a subtle difference from the Samson
Step 7, known in the trade
as 'The Prick', so rest assured even us pros have issues here sometimes. The fid used here doesn't want to be a tight fit, use one size down if required. Tape end of rope to help hold it together and grip in the fid. Hopefully your fitting is sitting in the zone marked 'cover' in the instructions, it should be. Slide fid in and push it through the cover and fitting, it can be tight sometimes but should be do able (note comment about stress above). It is just a case of perseverance unfortunately. Once the fid is through the fitting it should get easy again.
You have picked one of the trickier things to do straight off the bat but Samsons instructions aren't too bad and your perseverance will be rewarded.
I hope that all makes some sense. Ask for clarification if you like. It is hard to write this in an easy way sorry.
Long answer short - practice with loops and then get jiggy with tight fittings.