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    Idea to prevent Amsteel Blue from unraveling

    Last night as an experiment, I used some 1/4" white "write on" heat shrink tubing to "whip" the ends of some 1/8th Amsteel Blue. It seems to hold better than tape, can be done with nothing more than a match and scissors/knife and does not appear to affect the cord - not that it would matter. It's at a non-load bearing point.
    The reason I used the white "write on" is because that's what Home Depot had at the time (in a small amount). The end result looks and feels like the end of a shoe lace.

    Anyhow, just tossing that out there. Thoughts? Comments?

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    Can you write on that white? You could label your head and foot ends. Or use different color shrink tubing on each end to depict which end is which.
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    It's not a bad idea. I generally just splice it back into itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gresh View Post
    It's not a bad idea. I generally just splice it back into itself.
    Was going to ask the same question? Since amsteel is a little difficult when holding notes I tend to splice back into themselves.
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    Backsplice. It's the spice of life.

    Baja, I actually use different color whoopies for head/foot.
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    I've used black 1/8" shrink wrap tubing on 7/64" amsteel for ends too short to splice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    Was going to ask the same question? Since amsteel is a little difficult when holding notes I tend to splice back into themselves.
    I agree that Amsteel is difficult to keep in tune.

    I also agree...why not back-splice?

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    CA glue (super glue) bonds to amsteel.

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    Since you are using a match anyway, Amsteel fuses nicely.
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    I guess I'm either A) lazy, or B) lacking in the confidence to try splicing. After looking at numerous videos and the step-by-step photo instructions located on this forum it just looks like something more complicated than I feel comfortable attempting.
    The very first thing I tried was melting the ends and wasn't satisfied with the result. That's what inspired the idea to use heat shrink tubing. The whole process takes about 2 minutes and requires little "thinking" or tools more specialized than some scissors and a lighter... Must be "A".
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