3-Strand Tapered Eye Splice
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.
Tools Required: Fid; tape or whipping twine; marking pen, scissors or a sharp knife; hot knife or heat source; ruler.
STEP 1 - FORMING THE EYE
From one end of the rope, count back 14 crowns. Tape this section. Form the eye and tape the standing part of the rope. To avoid a twist in the eye of the finished splice, untwist the rope 1/2 turn between the pieces of tape.
STEP 2 - TUCKING THE FIRST STRAND
Unlay the three strands to the first tape and either tape or seal the individual ends. Form the eye from right to left by bringing the two tape marks together.
Tuck the center unlayed strand toward you under the top strand in the main body of the line. Pull tight.
STEP 3 - TUCKING THE SECOND STRAND
Turn the entire piece over. Insert the fid to separate the strands and tuck the left hand unlayed strand under the next strand in line and pull towards you. Keep the strands pulled tight.
STEP 4 - TUCKING THE THIRD STRAND
Turn the entire piece over. There is one working strand left to tuck and there is one strand left in the standing part of the rope that does not have a working strand under it. Insert the fid to separate the strands and make this tuck, continuing to work counter to the lay or twist or the rope.
The first round of tucks is complete. Tighten if necessary by pulling on the strand ends.
STEP 5 - CONTINUING ON
Take one of the unlayed strands and pass it over, around and under the strand next to it. Pull the end of the strand through toward you. Repeat this process with all unlayed strands for a minimum of five tucks each. You will find that each unlayed strand will be forming a twist around one of the strands in the body of the line.
When you tuck, take care to use all three strands in each round and that you tuck under a strand in the standing part of the rope and not under one of your working strands.
STEP 6 - TAPERING THE SPLICE
To taper the splice into the line, make two additional tucks with one strand and one additional tucks with a second strand leaving the third strand as it is. This will leave a strand between each unlayed strand.
STEP 7 - FINISHING THE SPLICE
Cut off the remaining unlayed strands about 3/8" from the last tuck. Heat seal the ends to prevent fraying, if desired. Smooth the splice by rolling it between your hands or under foot for large diameter lines.
We hope you found these rope splicing instructions helpful. If you require any further assistance, feel free to call Jay @ 763-263-9835.