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    Zing-It and Figure 9's

    I have been using 1/8" polyester line for my continuous ridgelines, and am happy with it's performance, but I have a new Superfly and a spool of 1.75 mm Zing It and got to wondering. I have been using a small Figure 9 for tensioning the RL but I wonder if the teeth will cause problems with the Zing it? I assume NO, but I ask for other opinions.

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    good question. i was wondering the same thing?

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    Those teeth can't be good for any cordage. I view lines and webbing as expendable items, and just keep an eye on them. Replace as necessary.
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    Been using small metal figure 9's with 1.75mm Zing-it for a long time with no problems.
    Each hang is different so the point of abrasion moves. But like oldgringo said, all lines are temporary.
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    I have filed off the teeth on both size figure 9s I have. The big ones I have I used to hang my Hennessey and the smalls I use on my tarp. I found that as long as the V cut squeezes the cord you are good. I always put a half hitch or an extra wrap for just in case but have never had any issues.
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    Ditto, I have been using the small 9's with 1.75 zing it. I put in a couple of extra loops on the teeth side because I think it is at the lower limit for diameter. Works well.
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    Sounds like it will work.

    Especially considering that it is far easier to cut the polyester than it is to cut the Zing it. I guess I just have yet to wrap my brain around these new-fangled synthetics!

    Thanks all.

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    i've been using mini fig 9's for years. with zing-it i tie a half hitch.
    It's not procrastinating, its proactively delaying the implementation of the energy-intensive phase of the project until the enthusiasm factor is at its maximum effectiveness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazilla View Post
    I have filed off the teeth on both size figure 9s I have. The big ones I have I used to hang my Hennessey and the smalls I use on my tarp. I found that as long as the V cut squeezes the cord you are good. I always put a half hitch or an extra wrap for just in case but have never had any issues.
    I would be a bit leary of using a figure 9 for my hammock suspension. They're only rated for 150lbs, as you probably know. Those things aren't just gonna bend when they fail, they're gonna snap. Just thought I would let you know, sounds like you've had good luck with them so far.

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