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Manual prestretch on staircase.

Discussion in 'Badminton Stringing Techniques & Tools' started by DuckFeet, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. DuckFeet

    DuckFeet Regular Member

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    How do you do it? I just stood 5m away and pulled a bit on both ends, until it felt less elastic. Held it for a few seconds and repeat a few times. Does this seem right? It only stretched a few inches and went back I think.

    Is this as well as or instead of machine prestretch?

    Cheers. Will get it done tomorrow and test on Monday.
     
  2. Mark A

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    Pretty much it, mate - pull it until it becomes perfectly elastic.

    I use them both - hand prestretch makes the string behave itself better.
     
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    With VS850 looped around a smooth stair case spindle and looped both ends around a smooth wooden ladle. Then pulled slowly on it until it felt like there was almost no more give. By then I got an extra 8-10 inches of string.
     
  4. Mark A

    Mark A Regular Member

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    Is that all? Wimp:).
     
  5. DuckFeet

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    I used my bare hands when I pulled MY 8 inches.
     
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    Lol... I did get 12 inches once with a lot of effort, but felt the playability suffered a bit due to permanent loss of elasticity.
     
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    It's not the number of inches that matters...
     
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    Somehow, that sounds too risqué even for a family friendly forum like this. :p
     
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    is it worth doing this for all strings? with the machine prestretch in very happy with the results so far.
     
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    I've found the machine prestretch to be good for pretty much every string. Maybe you could do a manual prestretch for the VS850, but machine prestretch does the job ok.
     
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    I've always manually prestretched my strings until there was very little give anymore, but I found that it gave less playability when I stretched it too much.

    Now I still pretretch by hand, but loop the other end around a heavy fishing scale and stretch to ~10% higher than my desired tension and hold for 10 seconds or so.

    What do you guys think of the above method versus blind prestretching?
     
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    ^ VS850 playability suffered for me too when stretched to max at 12 inches. That's why after that time I only do it for 8-9 inches.

    For other strings, you'll have to experiment a bit to find out where the elastic limit is exceeded.
     
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    I use a starting clamp to hold the ends of the string and pull just enough to get rid of the coil memory, then let the machine pre-stretch do the rest.
     
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    ^I would do that, but I'd have to upgrade my PPSE with a Wise 2086 first, however the girlfriend won't hear it =P
     

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