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    Rope Splicing Question?

    I want to start rope splicing to make whoopie slings, UCRs, etc., but am not sure where to start. What do I need to begin rope splicing? (I am on a pretty restrictive budget, so cheaper options are better.)

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    YouTube is your friend. You can use what you have such as wire for splicing or purchase tools as you go along.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAZ...40L-mYuZrMfhEg

    https://www.youtube.com/user/tacblades

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    Thanks! I had used YouTube (Shug's channel) for hammock stuff, but didn't think to look at it for splicing stuff. Also, what is a brand/type of cordage you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknowing outdoorsman View Post
    I want to start rope splicing to make whoopie slings, UCRs, etc., but am not sure where to start. What do I need to begin rope splicing? (I am on a pretty restrictive budget, so cheaper options are better.)
    You do not need any real special equipment. A sharp knife to cut tapers, a wood plank to cut on. I use a 20 gauge piece of brass wire folded over as my FID. Floral wire or any other small gauge wire will do. For Zing-it I use a plastic canvas needle. Ruler or tape measure and a Pair of pliers can sometimes help.

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    I'd say the biggest for load bearing is Amsteel and Spectra. For guylines and ridgelines, Zing It or Lash It.

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    What is/how to taper a splice? I am having trouble finding instructioons on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknowing outdoorsman View Post
    What is/how to taper a splice? I am having trouble finding instructioons on this.
    It just means to cut the last ~1-2" of rope at a slant so that the diameter of the rope "feathers out". Otherwise it creates a noticeable bump (like a snake that just swallowed a gerbil)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknowing outdoorsman View Post
    What is/how to taper a splice? I am having trouble finding instructioons on this.
    The simplest way is to unbraid 3/4 of an inch and spread the 8 or 12 strands out and cut a long angle. I like to use a ceramic knife from walmart for a couple of bucks, they also have the loop turners there for a few bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknowing outdoorsman View Post
    Thanks! I had used YouTube (Shug's channel) for hammock stuff, but didn't think to look at it for splicing stuff. Also, what is a brand/type of cordage you recommend?
    I do not have any splicing video as my splicing time was short lived.
    Now I just purchase whoopie slings and the likes.
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    Unbraid the strands. Cut a couple of them back a bit. Cut a couple more back a bit more, etc.

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