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    Noob amsteel question

    Hi all,
    Just got in my order of Amsteel blue. The ends came rough cut. Is it prudent to melt the ends like paracord to prevent fraying/unraveling, or what?
    Thanks in advance!

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    I do just as a precaution if keeping it laying around. Depends on what you plan to do with your new cordage. If you're going to be splicing and such, just leave it. It will be fine. Cheers.

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    Amsteel doesn't melt very well. It won't fray like other cords. There's no need to do anything.

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    If it's laying about, I masking tape the end, but it isn't necessary.

    When you're done, make a back-bury... bury about 2" into itself on the end. Nice and neat...
    "Do or do not, there is no try." -- Yoda


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    Quote Originally Posted by Detail Man View Post
    Amsteel doesn't melt very well. It won't fray like other cords. There's no need to do anything.
    + 1 I have never had an issue
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    +1 on the masking tape if you want to keep it a little neater. Realistically, you usually have to work at it a little to get Amsteel to really come apart on you.

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    I'm finding out that it doesn't melt too well. It reacts rather strangely to flame, in fact. It curls away like it doesn't want to be burnt. I'm finding out playing with it that it kind of likes being braided, and doesn't want to come undone like many fibers. It can be manually pulled apart, but it doesn't spontaneously unravel.
    I'm still a little intimidated by splicing. I'm using more rudimentary cord work in my suspension system rather than whoopie slings. I'm the kind of idiot that would forget to milk the line often enough for it to be a problem.
    I'm developing my own hang to hang. It's actually kind of fun.
    I like learning about ropes and cords and knots. Rope works the same everywhere. If there are aliens out there, they tie the same knots we do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detail Man View Post
    Amsteel doesn't melt very well. It won't fray like other cords. There's no need to do anything.
    listen to detail man.... +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by av8r1 View Post
    I'm still a little intimidated by splicing. I'm using more rudimentary cord work in my suspension system rather than whoopie slings. I'm the kind of idiot that would forget to milk the line often enough for it to be a problem.
    Sounds like you might be going down the wrong path. Amsteel is meant to be spliced in this application, rather than using knots. Check out this thread:

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ad.php?t=72183

    Do not fear the splice; fear the knot.
    Last edited by SilvrSurfr; 05-04-2013 at 11:35.

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    Noob amsteel question

    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post

    Do not fear the splice; fear the knot.
    Very well put!
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