Originally Posted by Stumble
Even assuming you chose to buy 3/8 1x19 wire. The cost for 80' of it would only be $290. So for at most $300 you are willing to use life safety gear
that you know is not up to spec anymore?
Just an FYI the four Norseman terminals for jacklines
would cost you $320. If you want to use them for lifelines
, expect to spend a few thousand dollars on terminals, and save a few hundred bucks on old wire.
First, I would not consider using old rigging
that was in poor condition. I'm replacing the rigging on my boat just because of age. If I lost
with out of date rigging, insurance
might not pay. I've inspected all the fittings with a magnifying glass and not a crack to be found on a single
swage nor a single
fishhook or even a discolored strand in any of the wires.
If I can still do the math correctly, a 200 lb person falling 10' would generate a shock load of about 1000 lbs. Since tethers are typically 6' or less and I weight about 175 that calculation is well beyond what I would expect to encounter in the real world in a worst case scenario. Even if the wire had lost
half of its strength that is still a very wide safety
I used to do some fairly extreme diving
and from that background I learned one does not scrimp on important details in life support equipment
. in this case I don't see there is any compromise in safety.
I would keep the swage on one end and just add a StaLok on the other so the cost would be less than your estimate but this isn't mainly about saving money
. It's also about finding a beneficial use for good used stuff instead of going straight to the garbage with it.