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    Grate stuff, Opie your TO COOL!
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    Can the continuous loops be made from dynaglide, or is it better to just use amsteel?

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    The loops can be made from any single braid rope. The choice of material/size, depends on the nature of the use you want to put it to.

    Dynaglide is 2mm HMPE (Dyneema/Spectra) cord with a rated strength of 1000lb. Manufactured by New England Ropes
    Zing-it/Lash-it comes in 1.75mm and 2.2mm manufactured by Samson Ropes
    Amsteel comes in 7/64" (2.8mm) and larger sizes manufactured by Samson Ropes

    Which one is most suitable for your application is best determined by you. However I'd suggest that Dynaglide/Zingit/Lashit be used for tarps and non-structural applcations. Personally anything supporting a person should be no weaker than 7/64" Amsteel. But that's my choice for me.
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    You can actually make them from just about any cord that can be spliced, including double braid. Making these is simply an end for end splice on the same piece of cord rather than joining 2 separate pieces.

    Speaking in generalities..... Most of the times these loops are used, you essentially have 2 legs in the suspension rather than one. So you are splitting the ultimate load placed on the loop in half as each leg will carry 50% of the load. So a loop made from 2.2mm zing it will actually have a higher rating than a single strand of dynaglide.
    I am not a gram weenie. , But Im starting to see the merits!!!

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    Taper

    West Marine sells these with smaller diameter and they appear to be uniform. Do they taper them? I can't believe what they charge for those small things. Is there a rule where if you own a boat you also have a million dollars?

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    Thanks Opie, sure do appreciate the help. I love this forum...

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    thanks for this thorough pictorial.
    as if I wasn't already hooked on the DIY section,
    now carries over to the splicing.....

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    Thanks opie that was fun

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    Thougght I would mention

    As I began to work toward splicing my whoopie slings, I started looking into "tools" to use for making splices and saw that others were using guitar strings and a multitude of other things. While walking through a local store and looking at their fishing gear, I noticed a spool of stainless steel leader wire. All they had was some 44lb so I bought it, doubled over about a 40" piece and twisted it together, leaving a small loop in the end that was doubled. Next I drilled a small hole through thr side of a 2" long piece of a half inch dowel, stuck the twisted ends of the wire through the hole and wrapped it around the dowel. I then wrapped the dowel and wire with electrical tape to keep the wire securely in place....so far it has worked great. I would estimate the wire's guage to be about 22 or perhaps smaller and it works great on both the 1/8th and the 7/64, amsteel blue.

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    PS: I am thinking that a slightly larger leader wire as a single strand might work as well if not better, but so far, so good with mine as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmike View Post
    Next I drilled a small hole through thr side of a 2" long piece of a half inch dowel, stuck the twisted ends of the wire through the hole and wrapped it around the dowel. I then wrapped the dowel and wire with electrical tape to keep the wire securely in place.
    Now thats a great idea! Wish I'd thought of it last night while making up a couple of pairs of loops...Will definitely have to remember it though - still have loops to make...

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