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    The awl comes in handy in performing the first knot of the pro knot. You can still pull on the string to tighten the knot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD
    The awl comes in handy in performing the first knot of the pro knot. You can still pull on the string to tighten the knot.
    Awls scare me. One too many "pops".

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    Well, not everyone is as protein packed as you . So, the awl is quite adequate. Just try to avoid using the tensioner to tighten.

    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Awls scare me. One too many "pops".
    Last edited by Pete LSD; 04-17-2006 at 07:38 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD
    Well, not everyone is as protein packed as you . So, the awl is quite adequate. Just try to avoid using the tensioner to to tighten.
    I never use the tensioner to tighten, my hand pull is more than adequate. In fact, on that note, I have to remember not to pull too hard. Recently I busted the string on Don's (UCLA Coach) MP100. I was tying the finishing knot and pulled too hard (with my hand) and snap, BG80 gone. It was kinda...OK, very embarassing.
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    You are a special case . I think my fingers will hurt if I pull so hard on BG-80.

    You get the strength of Guang Yu. You should use it wisely :-D.

    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    I never use the tensioner to tighten, my hand pull is more than adequate. In fact, on that note, I have to remember not to pull too hard. Recently I busted the string on Don's (UCLA Coach) MP100. I was tying the finishing knot and pulled too hard and snap, BG80 gone. It was kinda...OK, very embarassing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD
    You are a special case . I think my fingers will hurt if I pull so hard on BG-80.
    Naw, it's easy, just wrap the string around your hand a few times, pull and...snap.

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    What can I say? I am a stickman. It's string against bone.

    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Naw, it's easy, just wrap the string around your hand a few times, pull and...snap.

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    I find the parnell knot fine. I just pull as very hard away from the frame first, then pull the other way and tighten the knot as quickly as I can. I find it leaves very little slack and the knot is just so neat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Naw, it's easy, just wrap the string around your hand a few times, pull and...snap.
    I'm with Pete. I may be able to pull one racquet with my bare hands. If I've to do more than one, forget it. Assuming a 1-piece job with double half-hitch knots, that's 4 total knots (i.e., 2 knots make 1 complete DHH). In a 2-piece job, it's 8. Ouch.

    I use a starting clamp and I don't exactly pull on the tail, just 3 to 4 short tugs. And here's another "trick" that I read on a USRSA guide. This is especially noticeable when you tie off the mains: pull/tug on the tail, hold on to it then clamp off. This helps prevent the knot from disappearing into the grommet. In effect, the knot tightens from the other end when the slack evens out (after you clamp off). Seems to work for me.

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    Yeap, I do that with the main tie off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Quasimodo
    And here's another "trick" that I read on a USRSA guide. This is especially noticeable when you tie off the mains: pull/tug on the tail, hold on to it then clamp off. This helps prevent the knot from disappearing into the grommet. In effect, the knot tightens from the other end when the slack evens out (after you clamp off). Seems to work for me.

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    I will LB how I use an awl to tighten the first knot of the Pro Knot. Even without using an awl, one can use a piler to tighten it. All you get to know is which string to pull.

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    i'm not sure what the knot i use is, i remember it from OUT:

    O-over
    U-under
    T-through

    i do that process once and tighten it with a pair of parallel pliers and then i repeat the process. it's the knot i was taught and is shown on the USRSA video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Naw, it's easy, just wrap the string around your hand a few times, pull and...snap.
    This method is a bit scary, as you can cut your hand. I wrap the string around a rubber stick or the leg of piler to pull. Easier and safer.

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    Isn't it more effective to use the jaws on the plier to pull ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
    This method is a bit scary, as you can cut your hand. I wrap the string around a rubber stick or the leg of piler to pull. Easier and safer.
    Cut my hand? Ha, no way man.

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    Your hand is the padded piler with the muscles to match !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Cut my hand? Ha, no way man.

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    Man, Sir DinkALot, you must be really good at art of Iron Sand Palm.

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