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Tapers for splicing XTC ?

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Climbed on my splices for the first time today after finally being able to produce good , neat splices consistanly. Went well. I've still got confidence issues with it but i have made up a small rope to test to destruction vs a Bowline.

 

Anyway , when i was right up by my anchor point my hitch wouldn't grip the rope over the splice , i'm assuming its because its slightly smaller in diameter ? Now i have been using the Samson instructions but i'm sure someone mentioned only removing 9 strands for the taper on XTC ?

 

Also what length are people doing the crossover tapers on the cover and core ? The samson crossover is 11" and i've been doing around a 10" taper , i'm sure Samson say taper over 6.5" but i found that left a lump ?

 

Any tips ?

 

Jim :confused1:

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DrewB   

Yeah I've always found the 6.5 leaves a lump too. I do a 10 taper/ x over and never had an issue with te hitch holding. Donaghys spark requires only 8 be removed to avoid the skinniness, though that's no help to you

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Hey Jim the crossover on 16 strand can take a while to get perfect. Either a bit skinny or wee little lump?

To get mine spot on i just imagine a kind of rectangle and your drawing an imaginary diagonal line from corner to to corner. The object is to lose about 50% from either tail so as you bury them they sit nice and snug:biggrin:

 

You've got my number mate if you need further assisstance:thumbup1:

 

Your ropeguides all spliced up too just got to whip it and it'll be on its way.!

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Hey Jim the crossover on 16 strand can take a while to get perfect. Either a bit skinny or wee little lump?

To get mine spot on i just imagine a kind of rectangle and your drawing an imaginary diagonal line from corner to to corner. The object is to lose about 50% from either tail so as you bury them they sit nice and snug:biggrin:

 

You've got my number mate if you need further assisstance:thumbup1:

 

Your ropeguides all spliced up too just got to whip it and it'll be on its way.!

 

Cheers Hadleigh,

 

Think i've cracked it now. Only been removing 9 strands of the covers instead of 10. Also leaving 2 full strands of cover and core then tapering back from those in the crossover. Much better.

 

Can't wait to get that RG. :biggrin:

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