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    Senior Member wi1ecoyote's Avatar
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    Unexpected suprise Amsteel.

    Samson was extremely kind to donate a spool of Amsteel 7/74'' for my scout troop and Venture Crew to explore hammock camping at this years spring camp-o-ree. I have been practicing whoopie slings and splices and everything with 12 strand. This spool is 8 strand. Do I just pull 4 strands instead of 6 like I do with the 1/8"? I need to make a fid with a smaller gauge wire I suspect, is there anything else I should keep in mind working with a slightly smaller diameter rope?
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    Yes

    I'm sure you'll get responses from more accomplished members but you are correct in the 4 vs. 6 strand question. I've found 7/64" to be quite easy to work with. If you are building whoopie's, you might think about adding a jewelry bead to your adjustable loop to prevent it from turning inside out. Check recent posts regarding whoopie issues. I've tied cotton twine to my adjustable loops to provide for a drip line as well as preventing it from turning inside out. How many feet on the spool? I wish they'd donate one to me.

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    +1 on the bead or twine for preventative purposes

    It is one thing for you to deal with personal whoopies, but add the factor of teh numerous scouts fiddling with the slings and the possibility of burying a loop is almost guaranteed!

    As for tapers, I wouldn't worry too much about being exact. Just cut several and you will get an acceptable taper. Ain't rocket science.

    Jim

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