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04-12-2012, 06:59 AM #1
VIDEO: How to start mains with fixed clamps
back to the basics for this video. how to start the mains with fixed clamps.
04-12-2012, 11:51 AM #2
This is a question I've always wanted to ask and this seems like an ideal thread to ask it.
At the beginning, you pull both strings at the same time with the tensioner. What is the difference in tension on each string between that method, the standard method with fixed clamps and the standard method with flying clamps (starting clamp at b1 and pull B1, so tensioning both mains at the same time).
I'm asking this because it could be a better way to pull the first mains when using flying clamps. Pull the two strings (b1 and B1) at the same time, use a flying clamp and starting clamp to hold tension and maybe the tension would be better than pulling B1 with a starting clamp at b1.
It's probably not even worth to think about, but I'm curious :P
Last edited by yan.v; 04-12-2012 at 11:57 AM.
04-12-2012, 01:57 PM #3
note that i do pull both strings at b1 & B1. but that's not for the final tension. the rational behind that is two fold:
- to give the string some tension so the positioning of the clamp at A1 is better. if the string is not taut, then the clamp might be offset to one side, and may also drop down.
- to load the string up with some tension so the string segment being clamped at A1 is tight. if loose the first teeth will have to do most of the work.
anyway, initially, when i do that, the tensioner is set at 25lbs. so in theory each string should get 12.5lbs. enough to satisfy the above but not enough for the final tension. do notice that i then go and tension each main string individuall at b1 and B1 later to give them the final 25lbs tension.
there is a way to do starting/flying clamp start, i have shown in this other video:
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04-12-2012, 02:03 PM #4
Oh I know you don't pull them for final tension, and I know how to start the mains with flying clamps :P I've used those methods since I started stringing.
I guess what I meant to ask is what really is the tension when you pull both. Sorry if I'm not being clear :P
Would the tension be 12,5 lbs in each string like you're saying ? In my mind, the tension on both strings would be close to 25lbs, but maybe I'm not seeing something!
04-12-2012, 02:05 PM #5
04-12-2012, 02:07 PM #6
I think that made sense :P
04-12-2012, 02:07 PM #7
also it depends what you mean by pull both.
here i assume you mean putting both end of the string and clamp them on the tensioner, and then pull 25lbs. that will end up with 12.5lbs on each.
however, if you mean putting a starting clamp on b1 (which is a bit tight in space...) and then pull in B1, then yes, B1 main should be close to 25lbs, b1 main is probably around 22lbs (guessing using the same ratio of tension drop from the contest experiment)
04-12-2012, 02:50 PM #8
04-12-2012, 03:06 PM #9
04-13-2012, 06:16 AM #10
...The free ends of the two lengths of string touch, stick together and become a single length of string.
Doesn't change a thing.
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