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.
Fid; tape or whipping twine;
marking pen, scissors or a sharp knife; hot knife or heat source
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
one-half turn between the pieces of tape.
STEP 2 ... TUCKING THE
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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