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    Munter hitch for lowering limbs

    Coming from the midwest, I've never thought of palms as being trees. They're just overgrown ornamental grasses, aren't they?
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    Pulldowns on lanyards

    I assume you're implying that the choking biner should be made out of unobtanium (what he's got isn't beefy enough for a little side-loading). I've felt uncomfortable when using an aluminum biner for choking configs unless the stem is big enough that the pull is more aligned with the axis of the...
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    Saddle stitched

    I was bored today and decided to splice an eye in a piece of 3/16 inch double braid. Then I decided to try a saddle stitch to lock it in. The stitching was super slow. I used a speedy stitcher with a bullet point round needle. Threading the needle twice for each stitch was annoying and...
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    Rooster next door

    We had our free range chickens (which stayed in our yard) while my kids were growing up. When my son was an infant the roosters would crow all the time. We noticed that the first understandable "words" he said were not mama or dada, but the sound of a rooster crowing! He did a darn good...
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    Hand Sewing Webbing with a saddle stitch

    Nice work! It doesn't look like your leather awl has broken/cut many threads of the rope, and test results kind of prove the point (pun intended). I have some trouble sometimes getting both threads through the same hole doing the saddle stitch with two needles. When that happens I use the...
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    Hand Sewing Webbing with a saddle stitch

    I've read that the diamond shaped sewing needle that comes with the Speedy Stitcher is not the best for sewing splices. The diamond shape tends to cut some of the rope fibers. A bullet point, round needle goes between fibers and does not cut through them. I got a pack of 10 for pretty cheap. I...
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    Splicing different diameters

    Thanks.
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    Splicing different diameters

    I try hard to keep my chains away from rocks and metal (other than my sharpening files). And I'll be on the boat twice a week all summer for races, plus some fun sails. The biggest boat I've owned was a Hobie 20, so this is a whole new experience for me.
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    Splicing different diameters

    A friend has a 45 ft sailboat that he's tweaking for racing. He asked me to do an end-to-end splice of ropes with different diameters. One is a 6 mm and the other is an 8 mm. Braided polyester cover and dyneema braided core. I tried a strong splice as described by Premium Ropes without any...
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    Rooster next door

    When I lived in an outer suburb of St. Louis, we had free range chickens. Hens and roosters by nature, so lots of roosters. They crowed at all hours of the day and night. Frequently. Loudly. It was fun watching a hen with her chicks running around the yard and flying up into the trees. Yes...
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    Hand Sewing Webbing with a saddle stitch

    Nice work. Much better looking than what I have ever achieved. I understand the diagonal stitches are important for the strength of the stitch. Looks great.
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    Hand Sewing Webbing with a saddle stitch

    I've started trying to sew webbing for non-life support uses (and non-rigging uses). I made a dog collar I wasn't happy with, and some adjustable tie down straps (barely OK). I checked U-Tube U for ideas on how to sew webbing, and most were pretty useless. I checked some leather sewing vids and...
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    Lost this bid

    Looks like he forgot the laws of physics from high school. Remember: 3 out of 2 people don't understand fractions!
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    Splicing 8 mm New England Viper

    Good point. Maybe for a friction hitch on a lanyard where it doesn't get used for descending?
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    Splicing 8 mm New England Viper

    I picked up some 8 mm Viper from West Marine to play with. It's described as a braided polyester cover with HMPE braided core. It has a 7000 pound breaking strength. Is this stuff 100 percent core strength with the cover just for abrasion resistance? Does it make good friction hitch material? It...

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