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    Quote Originally Posted by Frawg View Post
    I got one a while back but always seemed to snag the thing on the inside of the bury. I did find it very useful, though, in pulling elastic through sewn draw tubes.

    For splicing, a bodkin I found at Joann's has worked better for me.

    YMMV
    If your the type who just likes to buy something instead of making something, hese are what I use, because I need them for other boating purposes.

    Get two or more of the small ones and grind one of them to a much more pointy end. If all you are doing is 1/8" or smaller, just get one and grind it. These are easy to make out of a BBQ skewer, bronze/aluminum tubing, or knitting needle. All you need is a hammer and a Dremmel tool to cut the opening. Adding heat from a propane torch helps the hammering if you are making it out of a skewer.
    http://www.apsltd.com/p-7362-splicing-needle-small.aspx

    I love the Selma fids. The 3/16" works great on 1/8" but you can't get it though most 7/64" stuff. I use this one almost all the time.
    http://www.apsltd.com/p-14959-316-4mm-swedish-fid.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by nacra533 View Post
    If your the type who just likes to buy something instead of making something, hese are what I use, because I need them for other boating purposes.
    Thanks for the links, nacra. I do usually prefer to make rather than buy but my tools are 900 miles away.
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    No pictures of the sling on my hammock yet, but here is a shot of my homemade fids.


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    Nice, fin!

    I think I need to change my guitar strings.
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    I was just thinking about the guitar strings this morning. Take a pair of needle nose and roll the "ball end" out of the loop, and I think you'll be done. It should work just like the doubled wire that Custom Splice mentioned.

    I was waiting until after work to try this, but since you mentioned it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frawg View Post
    Nice, fin!

    I think I need to change my guitar strings.
    Not that kind of music wire! That's what they call it in the hardware section, right next to the round stock that I bought. Piano wire. Guitar strings would stick, and aren't stiff enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fin View Post
    Not that kind of music wire! That's what they call it in the hardware section, right next to the round stock that I bought. Piano wire. Guitar strings would stick, and aren't stiff enough.
    I think the low E string may work just fine when pushing the loop end through the constrictor section, and then pulling the loose end of the amsteel back through. Not that I need more fids, but this is "addictive".

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    Quote Originally Posted by fin View Post
    Not that kind of music wire! That's what they call it in the hardware section, right next to the round stock that I bought. Piano wire. Guitar strings would stick, and aren't stiff enough.
    Oh shucks... Well, I'm pretty sure the Gore Elixirs won't stick -- they have a Goretex coating. They do have a mind of their own, though, I'll grant ya that!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    I think the low E string may work just fine when pushing the loop end through the constrictor section, and then pulling the loose end of the amsteel back through. Not that I need more fids, but this is "addictive".

    Ken
    I stand corrected. Old guitar strings would probably work real well, and give you another use for a broken, stretched out string. This is addictive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    I was just thinking about the guitar strings this morning. Take a pair of needle nose and roll the "ball end" out of the loop, and I think you'll be done. It should work just like the doubled wire that Custom Splice mentioned.

    I was waiting until after work to try this, but since you mentioned it!

    Ken
    Exactly what I had in mind, Ken. -- great minds, etc...

    You could make one heck of a bury, too...

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