I've been avoiding learning how to splice for quite some time because I just didn't think I could do it without wasting a bunch of line. Plus, I admit that I had kind of an "I'm a Knot Guy & I Don't Need No Stinking Splices" attitude about the whole thing. I have, however, come to appreciate the clean look that splicing provides as well as the strength retention splicing affords over many (not all) knots. I still resisted trying until recently when I was fortunate enough to have PapaSmurf give me a quick demo on how he splices Lash-It & Amsteel. Seeing it up close and in person, as opposed to a YouTube video, made me think I might be able to do it. I gave it a go and put fixed-eye brummels and back-splices on my guy lines and ridge lines (1.75mm Zing-It) yesterday evening. With the exception of pooching my first back splice (accidentally pulled it in too far) it was pretty easy. Surprisingly easy. I knocked out my 8 guy lines and 2 ridge lines in about 30 minutes. I'm hooked. Gonna give whoopie slings a go soon.