Rope braiding/repair?

Rope braiding/repair?

Post by Rob Dewhir » Fri, 06 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Can anyone suggest a good source for instructions on repairing/braiding
nylon ski rope?  Way back when I was a kid, I remember my father doing all
his own repairs, and it seemed pretty simple and cost effective.

Web sites with pictures would be great, books and videos too.

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Rope braiding/repair?

Post by Mike Marqui » Sat, 07 Feb 1998 04:00:00

I don't belive that nylon can be braided. But typical ski ropes are not
made of nylon, seems like they were polypropylene or something like
that.

They are "braided" much like chinese handcuffs: you put a loose end in a
"fid" (which serves as a needle) and compress the section you want to
braid it with until the "handlcuff" expands to the point where you can
insert the fid between the strands of poly to the inner hollow. Now you
run the fid (always by pushing) up the center for a goodly distance
(several inches) and then exit the rope. When pulled tight the rope
tends to constrict the inner rope from withdrawing. Most people finish
it off with several in-and-out loops (and maybe loop-backs) to prevent
slowly slipping out.

Gosh that sounds complicated. I hope to find some pictures. The "fid"
can purchased at almost any marina that sells rope. They come in
different sizes for the different size ropes.

Mike

Quote:

> Can anyone suggest a good source for instructions on repairing/braiding
> nylon ski rope?  Way back when I was a kid, I remember my father doing all
> his own repairs, and it seemed pretty simple and cost effective.

> Web sites with pictures would be great, books and videos too.

> --
> Rob Dewhirst
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Rope braiding/repair?

Post by Andy Men » Sat, 07 Feb 1998 04:00:00

If you happen to live in Michigan, there is a water skiers convention called
Ski-Fest in the Detroit area.  You can read about last year's at tag.na.com.
The dates are March 14 & 15.  It's in conjunction with a boat show.  I teach
rope making, and will be there.  (There is a charge to attend, but I don't
make anything on it)  It's almost impossible to describe in words.  Also,
the Wisconsin Think Tank should also have something.  I think the date on
that is 2 weeks earlier.  You can do a search on it to get more info.  Short
of that, there are books on the subject that teach you how, but I didn't
follow it when I read mine.  It took hands on for me to learn.

Andy

Quote:

>I don't belive that nylon can be braided. But typical ski ropes are not
>made of nylon, seems like they were polypropylene or something like
>that.

>They are "braided" much like chinese handcuffs: you put a loose end in a
>"fid" (which serves as a needle) and compress the section you want to
>braid it with until the "handlcuff" expands to the point where you can
>insert the fid between the strands of poly to the inner hollow. Now you
>run the fid (always by pushing) up the center for a goodly distance
>(several inches) and then exit the rope. When pulled tight the rope
>tends to constrict the inner rope from withdrawing. Most people finish
>it off with several in-and-out loops (and maybe loop-backs) to prevent
>slowly slipping out.

>Gosh that sounds complicated. I hope to find some pictures. The "fid"
>can purchased at almost any marina that sells rope. They come in
>different sizes for the different size ropes.

>Mike


>> Can anyone suggest a good source for instructions on repairing/braiding
>> nylon ski rope?  Way back when I was a kid, I remember my father doing
all
>> his own repairs, and it seemed pretty simple and cost effective.

>> Web sites with pictures would be great, books and videos too.

>> --
>> Rob Dewhirst
>> Return address is bogus due to spam.  If you reply to this message
without
>> changing the address, it will bounce. Use: robd "at" lawrence.ixks.com