@39Buick, Just out of curiosity, where did you start the cover taper? Some of the older instructions I came across years ago said to measure down the rope 1.5" from the crossover mark and then count 9 piks down the rope from there before starting the taper. I don't do that. I measure down the rope 8 piks from the first mark before starting the taper. Otherwise you end up with way too much fiber inside the splice.