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Old 05-11-2011, 13:13   #1
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Splicing Stranded Rope with Thimbles - Loose . . .

Howdy,

A very quick question - whenever I make an eye splice in 3 strand and put a thimble in it - I can never get the eye tight enough. There is always a bit of slack in there so the thimble can move a little.

I've tried whipping/seizing the throat with a "Yale whiplock", but since the individual strands in the rope are quite large, the whipping ends up looking lumpy and "untrustworthy"...

Is there a method/guide/hint somebody can point me to to make tighter splices in 3 strand with a thimble?

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Well I put a whipping on where the rope starts round the thimble then another where it exits to hold the strands... three tight splices then roll between my palms to even the lay... pull tight then roll again...
cut 1/3rd thickness of strands and splice once... remove another 1/3rd and repeat... final 1/3rd spliced and trimmed....
Roll and then tighten after each splice... and take your time... you'll finish quicker..
Oh... forgot to say... start the splice 1 lay early then tighten up on the thimble...
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Well I put a whipping on where the rope starts round the thimble then another where it exits to hold the strands... three tight splices then roll between my palms to even the lay... pull tight then roll again...
cut 1/3rd thickness of strands and splice once... remove another 1/3rd and repeat... final 1/3rd spliced and trimmed....
Roll and then tighten after each splice... and take your time... you'll finish quicker..
Oh... forgot to say... start the splice 1 lay early then tighten up on the thimble...
When you say start 1 lay early, I thought that this might work as well, but when I do this - the other side of the splice ends up looking funny with 2 strands running parallel to each other before the throat (if that makes sense)... Most splicing guides only show the front actually, so I never know if the other side is correct either.
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Re: Splicing Stranded Rope with Thimbles - Loose . . .

If you can't get them tight, rather than whipping the throat tight, put a seizing on at that point.
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Re: Splicing Stranded Rope with Thimbles - Loose . . .

Often, dipping the eye in hot water for several minutes will shrink the eye snugly around the thimble.
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Re: Splicing Stranded Rope with Thimbles - Loose . . .

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Often, dipping the eye in hot water for several minutes will shrink the eye snugly around the thimble.
AK, I also use this method an can attest that it works well. We use water just off the boil FWIW.

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Re: Splicing Stranded Rope with Thimbles - Loose . . .

Thank you for the replies gentlemen, I will press my morning tea into performing a second duty.
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Re: Splicing Stranded Rope with Thimbles - Loose . . .

good to know the shrinking tactics!!! will eventually save me heart attack an stroke....
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Re: Splicing Stranded Rope with Thimbles - Loose . . .

Old thread, but I saw this today and wondered who else had used it?

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