Rope Splicing Tips
Splice with Thimble
Follow Step 1 of the Class 1 Double Braid Eye Splice for determining the correct eye size. When burying exposed core, bury to crossover, then insert thimble into eye before milking cover all the way. If using a thimble with ears, before inserting cover into core, insert core through the rings (dog ears) and slide thimble beyond Mark 3.
Then proceed to make the splice according to instructions.
NOTE: Before final burying, slide thimble around to cover side of eye.
To secure finished eye tightly around thimble, either whip throat or dip the eye in hot water for several minutes. Hot water will shrink the eye tightly around the thimble.
Minimum Eye and Eye Sling length with 2-in-1 Braid is 5 fid lengths from extraction Mark X to extraction Mark X, regardless of rope diameter. The size of the eye does not affect the minimum length. Proceed to make the eye splice as per instructions.
Exact Overall Lengths with eye splices are determined by allowing for extra rope consumed in making the splices. For each splice the length of extra rope is equal to 1-1/2 fid lengths plus 1/2 the circumference of the eye.
Example: To make an Eye and Eye Sling 10' overall with two 6" eyes:
Measure and cut a length:
Minimum Endless Loop (Grommet) with 2-in-1 Braid is 10 fid lengths between extraction Mark X to extraction Mark X, regardless of rope diameter. Proceed with the Class 1 Double Braid End-For-End splicing instructions
Exact Overall Lengths with endless loops are determined by allowing for extra rope consumed in making the End-For-End splice. The length of extra rope is equal to 4 fid lengths.
Example: To make an endless loop 10' overall:
Measure and cut a length:
Then start with Step 1 of the Class 1 Double Braid End-For-End splicing instruction or Step 1 of the Class 1 12-Strand End-For-End splicing instruction.
Fid Length Definition
The "fid length" for a rope is calculated as 21 times the rope diameter. As the rope diameter increases, so does the fid length. For example, the fid length for a 4" diameter rope is 84".
The length of the splicing tool called a "fid" may or may not have a 1:1 correlation with the fid length for a given rope diameter. Refer to the example above and imagine trying to splice a 4" diameter rope with an 84" fid! To keep fids to a manageable length, they may be scaled to the actual fid length of a given rope diameter.
We hope you found these rope splicing instructions helpful. If you require any further assistance, feel free to call Jay @ 763-263-9835.