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    Default Alternatives to dental floss for tight grommets?

    Hello,

    When stringing I often use dental floss to pull the string through shared grommets. Are there any alternatives to this as it isn't the easiest thing to find! Also, most of it is wasted since it is the "soft/padded" bit that actually goes between your teeth!!

    Stephen

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    Dental floss saved our butt yesterday on a tight hole. The only other thing I could think of using is maybe a zip tie... but that's probably more damaging to the strings... whatever works!

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    Use your string puller. It is actually gentler on your strings than dental floss because of a lack of friction.

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    Is a string puller = to a string mover? If so, how can you use it to help feed/pull string through shared grommets?

    The bit of string that the dental floss pulls on will be cut off at the end anyway, so it doesnt matter how sore it is on it.

    Thanks,
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    You use the string mover and pull upwards on the main string, and then with help of pliers you try and thread the cross string through the blocked hole.

    If you don't want to use dental floss or a string mover, you can anticipate where the blocked grommets will be, and put a piece of broken string there beforehand while you're tensioning the mains... that really slows you down, but it's probably the most gentle method.

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    Thanks for those suggestions. I'll try those out!

    Stephen

    Quote Originally Posted by Optiblue View Post
    You use the string mover and pull upwards on the main string, and then with help of pliers you try and thread the cross string through the blocked hole.

    If you don't want to use dental floss or a string mover, you can anticipate where the blocked grommets will be, and put a piece of broken string there beforehand while you're tensioning the mains... that really slows you down, but it's probably the most gentle method.

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    Hi, I had the same problem when I first started stringing, but now I use a bent nose pliers which I pick up from the hardwear shop for under A$10.00 and it works all the time.
    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Optiblue View Post
    Dental floss saved our butt yesterday on a tight hole.
    just read that over a few times

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    ^ I'm thinking dental floss + grommet hole... you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by illusionistpro View Post
    just read that over a few times
    Damn, you are good. I did not pick that on up till today...
    Thank you for that great line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jurong View Post
    Hi, I had the same problem when I first started stringing, but now I use a bent nose pliers which I pick up from the hardwear shop for under A$10.00 and it works all the time.
    Cheers
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    But does it damage the string coat, as the surface of the piler (the ones with "teeth" might be even worse) is usually not very smooth.

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    I use this technique (link below), and it works 9 out of 10 times... flattening the string before cutting it to a point helps it pass much easier on shared grommets. If that doesn't work, I use a "bridge" dental floss threader. Hope this helps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfG-nlb4JxU

    The author of the the above video link has a lot of useful tips regarding stringing in general (although he demonstrates them on tennis stringing). You guys should check it out.

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    I follow the guy in youtube, but I don't flatten the string, because the badminton string is thin enough to go through the shared gromments.
    hope this helps

    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingO View Post
    I use this technique (link below), and it works 9 out of 10 times... flattening the string before cutting it to a point helps it pass much easier on shared grommets. If that doesn't work, I use a "bridge" dental floss threader. Hope this helps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfG-nlb4JxU

    The author of the the above video link has a lot of useful tips regarding stringing in general (although he demonstrates them on tennis stringing). You guys should check it out.
    Frankly, I think he is doing it the difficult way. The use of the string mover is much easier and faster and with less friction. I am also surprised that he resorts to use of the awl if this method does not work. No stringer of reputation will use the awl to do this.

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    Using the awl is much easier and faster, but I see it’s kind dangerous. The dental floss method is time consuming... I guess the string mover is the way to go then.

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    Actually if you observe carefully, the shared grommet poses a problem only at every alternate grommet. The next shared grommet has no problem. The reason is that the tensioned string "blindsides" alternately. The solution is to make the "blindsided" shared grommet into a normal shared grommet, and you do this by using the string mover on the tensioned string to remove the "roadblock".

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    I dont have a string mover - instead I use an off cut of tennis string and use it like a string mover

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