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Just snapped a line is it time to replace?


What do you guys do when you break a line? I know knots significantly weaken a line. The reef knot look solid and I've flown it around a bit in medium wind. Does anyone know of a good spot to buy new lines?
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Re: Just snapped a line is it time to replace?


Replace your lines, knotting them isn't safe at all.
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Re: Just snapped a line is it time to replace?


Yeah, a knot is not the answer. Lines usually snap fairly close to the ends due to wear on each other where they wrap a couple meters up from the bar. If that is the case and you still have 20+ m of good line, you can redo the ends. That involves:

1) unstictch the sheathing on the line ends with a stitch picker and sliding it up the line beyond where you will cut. Dont remove it, you will have a tough time getting it back on.

2) Lay out the lines and cut em to match.

3) With a lighter melt the sheath end to the line end to fix it in place. A quick melt and pinch process.

4) Tie a matching loop at the new sheathed ends. The knot must have the shieth in it throughout, or the knot will virtually half the breaking strength of the line. This is the tricky step cause you are trying to get all four lines the exact same final length.

Bobs your uncle.

If the line snaps near the middle, your toast and need to replace the set. Brian can get you a set easy enough.

It's a good practice to give each line a real check end to end when repairing em. I usually keep the fixed set as back ups and replace em if there is any wear showing.
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Re: Just snapped a line is it time to replace?


Get a new set of lines for sure. But you can make a set of extensions from your buggered set using Brent's repair advice. Or make a short set 20m or so which is useufull for high winds. A lot of the racers use really long lines in light winds like 45-55m! It adds a fair bit of lowend a the expense of turning speed.
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Thanks for the advice, new set of front lines arrived today. Hoping to make it out tomorrow, the wind looks good and hopefully some of that snow stayed on a the ground north of the city.
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Re: Just snapped a line is it time to replace?


And should you ever need any lines, parts, gear whatever.....the hosts of this forum would be more than happy to help you out with it.

Ken
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