DO NOT SHORT SPLICE SNOW TOW ROPES!!
Class 1 3-strand ropes are made from any or all of
the following fibers: Olefin, Polyester, Nylon
Although the 3-strand splice is the most common splice,
and simple to perform, technique is important to preserve splice strength.
Take care that the tucks lie neatly; rope strength can be lost if the
strands are twisted incorrectly.
Fid; tape or whipping twine;
marking pen, scissors or a sharp knife; hot knife or heat source
First unlay both ropes for a short distance and bring them
together so that the main bodies of the ropes fit snugly and the unlayed
strands mesh; alternating a strand of one with a strand of the other.
Sealing or taping the strand-ends
of ropes will prevent their unraveling It is helpful to temporarily tie
the strands of one rope to the body of the other rope.
Tuck one of the unlaid strands over and
under a strand of the opposite rope, working against the twist. Take the
unlaid strand, next to the strand just tucked, and tuck it over and under
the next strand in the opposite rope. Do the same thing with the remaining
unlaid strand. Now, take one more tuck with each strand.
Remove the temporary tie and make two
tucks with the other three strands. You now have the strands of each rope
tucked two times through the strands of the other rope. Now, go back and
make at least two more tucks with each of the six strands . . . four
additional tucks are recommended for synthetic ropes.
Roll the splice under your foot, or
a board and clip off the ends of the protruding strands.
*CAUTION: Do not clip the ends
too close to the splice.
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