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    Strumming a new fish tool

    Because there can never be to much DIY I have used New England Ropes 5/64 Dyneema for SRL's and continuous loops and wanted a better "fish tool" for splicing. My main fish tool is a little thick for the 5/64 and I have read how a lot of people use guitar strings so I thought I would give it a shot. Stopped in a local music store and told him what I was using it for...He reached behind the counter and handed me this and said it was extra inventory...no charge. I like that price.

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    The blue plastic needle is what I use to pick my threads out for the tapered ends. Overall it worked fine but if I do another one, I will go one size larger for the additional stiffness.

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    When I made my whoopie slings out of 7/64 amsteel, I used florist stem wire. It was really thin, but strong enough that I knew it wouldn't break. It took me less then a minute to feed it inside the 10 in portion of the bury and pull the amsteel back through. I probably won't ever use another "fish tool."

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    Guitar strings work great but I found .020" stainless steel safety wire to be best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycooper View Post
    When I made my whoopie slings out of 7/64 amsteel, I used florist stem wire. It was really thin, but strong enough that I knew it wouldn't break. It took me less then a minute to feed it inside the 10 in portion of the bury and pull the amsteel back through. I probably won't ever use another "fish tool."
    The one thing I was impressed about was it's toughness. It was very had to cut and I feel confident that I could not break it using it as a splicing tool. The drawback was it was pretty flimsy so a little harder to control if doing a long bury. I have used the florist wire before and have actually broken it but it was probably not as thick as what you use.

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Tipton View Post
    Guitar strings work great but I found .020" stainless steel safety wire to be best.
    I do not have a clue about guitar strings, this was just what he handed me but if there is a .020 size string I think it would work great. I will continue to use it on smaller continuos loops with the 5/64th but will use my larger wire for other projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latriper View Post
    The one thing I was impressed about was it's toughness. It was very had to cut and I feel confident that I could not break it using it as a splicing tool. The drawback was it was pretty flimsy so a little harder to control if doing a long bury. I have used the florist wire before and have actually broken it but it was probably not as thick as what you use.


    I do not have a clue about guitar strings, this was just what he handed me but if there is a .020 size string I think it would work great. I will continue to use it on smaller continuos loops with the 5/64th but will use my larger wire for other projects.
    They're probably close to the same thing. If it ain't broke..........
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    I started out with a guitar string myself and never looked back. I have two. One in the box with my amsteel, zing-it, lash-it etc. and one in the door pocket of my car. I have been on trips or at the office and decided to splice up something for one reason or another and it's always at hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by latriper View Post
    The one thing I was impressed about was it's toughness. It was very had to cut and I feel confident that I could not break it using it as a splicing tool. The drawback was it was pretty flimsy so a little harder to control if doing a long bury. I have used the florist wire before and have actually broken it but it was probably not as thick as what you use.
    That's strange, mine wasn't very flimsy. It's the only tool I've used, so I guess I don't have much to compare it with.

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    I feel like a stone-age caveman over here with my bits and pieces of coat hanger wire. Maybe it's time I looked into a thinner steel wire.

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    He gave you an Elixir? That is a quality string to have singly. Has Nanoweb technology ;-)

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    If you go for a guitar string ask for a G or B. E is to thin from what I've found. They normally come in multi packs for like $4.

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