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Thread: twisting cross issue
10-22-2013, 07:48 PM #1
twisting cross issue
I've been stringing for a few years now, but just for my brother and me so not very often. I've maybe strung ~4-5 reels worth of string over 4 years and I occasionally encounter a problem with crosses in the upper shared holes.
After I weave and pull the cross through a shared grommet, sometimes the crosses would twist. It would twist to the point that the smooth outside coating looks rough.
Why does this happen?
How can I prevent it?
Is it detrimental to the stringjob?
10-22-2013, 10:02 PM #2
I run my fingers the length of the remaining string, to straighten out any curls, before threading each cross. I find this especially important with of one of my favourites, BG-85.
As far as consequences, it is likely that a kinked or gnarly string doesn't have the tensile strength of a straight one.
10-23-2013, 10:10 AM #3
Pulling high tension on a twisted string can also break the string.
10-23-2013, 11:09 AM #4
I don't think I have ever experienced performance issues with one twisted string, it's just bugging me as a stringer to have this happen
10-23-2013, 11:21 AM #5
Probably while being pulled thru the shared hole, the string is being rotated against the other string.
10-23-2013, 12:42 PM #6
there a only a couple of holes in which this happens. at the shared holes near the top. usually it can be anticipated. when i first starting pulling the string i can already tell the string will twist and the longer the loose string the more twist there will be.
the way i reduce it is to hold the string on both side of the grommet, apply some tension to the string, and try to undo the twist. sometimes it might take a couple of pulling it back and forth. at the end, it is easy to tell if there is still a twist as the loose loop will be normal and not all wounded up.
10-23-2013, 05:19 PM #7
you can also first pull through the entire string, use your fingers to straighten out the string and then weave through the cross. That way, there is no twisting in the cross after you've weaved it through
10-24-2013, 08:02 PM #8
Thanks everyone for the advice. I'll be sure to try them next time this happens.
10-25-2013, 03:44 AM #9
a) get the string all the way through the offending grommet, but make sure it hasn't kinked (or it might snap when you tension it),
b) let go of the loose end, and push as much of the string up/down the racket (away from the other crosses) as you can, it will form a U-shape inside the frame - you will see the twist "jump" out of the loose end as you do it
c) pull the string hand tight to get the cross straight, then repeat step b).
Do b) - c) as many times as you need to.
One way to avoid crosses in the first place is not to keep hold of the loose end of the crosses as you pull it if you use one-weave-ahead, as Fidget said.
11-06-2013, 11:14 AM #10
11-06-2013, 11:21 AM #11
this also happens to me while I do the top cross thru A10 holes on 76 holes racket.
11-06-2013, 11:21 PM #12
I applied some candle wax to that twisted string, hold the string straight and pull slowly thru the grommet, problem solved.
it happens more with ng98 than bg66U
11-07-2013, 01:51 AM #13
Another thing that you could do very carefully is to use a awl to enlarge the grommet in question.