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  1. I’m no longer using tail tucked eyes and had to find another use for the whipping twine. The hitch below benefits from the stopper being in back, but it works tying it in the front for other hitches.
  2. Looks good, I like the look of the ones that extend beyond the ends!
  3. There is a thin wall shrink wrap generally used to cover electrical wires, usually black and more like rubber than plastic, but tears more easily than the other.
  4. You’re method sounds like a good way to do it.
  5. That one is 8mm Bailout, but I’m hoping to try them all!
  6. Don’t wait too long to decide, a lot that he carries is out of stock, and with a legal battle ahead he seems to be not making any more. I’ve got the HH2 and it works great, Richard’s version eliminates some of it’s problems. He puts a lot of effort in the cord ends you get for easier threading. The HH2 isn’t available until sometime next year.
  7. A little time, whipping twine, and low heat can give a more finished and permanent result.
  8. For a handicap, the better the climber, the more ropes they have to use.
  9. My throwing abilities are based on luck not skill, I’ll be able to throw both balls at the same time to speed things up.
  10. What variation of the helical do you use? When I first came across it, it appeared to be a double eye hitch, and was called the Penberthy. Saw in On Rope later that it was a single eye.
  11. The slipping before it grabs doesn’t suit me, kind of like Russian roulette, I’d be constantly wondering if it would grab each time. It’s not a successful combination to me if the hitch doesn’t bite reliably each time. It’s sometimes impossible to make a set length hitch cord work on certain hitches.
  12. The back view of the Sticht on the left is 8mm x 80cm on 11.7 rope, your’s should work, as long as there is enough length to adjust the ring. The four sections of cord going through the ring need to be as close as possible to help the twist keep slack from the wraps transferring to the legs. ISC’s small steel ring works great for this. The Hitch on the left shows a bow shackle replacing the ring. The small accessory cord works great with a neck, or over the shoulder tender, there is very little sit back. The short double eye straps can be used instead of a pulley for easy hand tending.
  13. Perhaps you could try a different friction hitch. The braids of the VT cause it to spread out more than other hitches. A cheaper option to the mechanicals for SRT, are a couple hitches that are fully functional on a fixed line. The one on the left is the Oval VT, a 4-2 VT, with an overhand knot replacing the second braid. The other is the Sticht Hitch, a similar construction, with a tightly constrained twist replacing the overhand. Both don’t allow the wraps to over tighten, which happens to most other hitches. Both hitches can adjust the amount of tension in the wraps by moving the carabiner, or ring up or down. Firmer rope and cords work best. The Sticht is the better due to its easier adjustability.

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