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Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by ratagonia, Nov 2, 2017.
A vid from Rope Test Lab... in the form of a gif
Good procedure, wrong glue.
Super glue is stiff and will create a blob at the rope end that can jamb in a rapide when you pull the rope.
It can also weld the sheath to the core so severely that if the sheath slips a little (as it is prone to do on dyneema core ropes)
then you will not be able to milk the sheath off the end- leaving a bunched up blob that will stick in your device or a rapide.
I use the same procedure but with VINYL cement.
This is what Bluewater Ropes recommends.
Can you be more specific on the glue?
I'll do a write up/tutorial on this when I get a minute.
Todd is right, CA (super) glue is not ideal.
I use Aquaseal or Seamgrip.
Aquaseal is kinda sticky though... seems like it might cause problems.
A 3/4 long section of it has never been a problem for me.
I'll show ya
I've used melted polyester from those blue-collar type ropes, and that has worked well. Drip it on there, smooth it out.
There are several ways to do it based on a couple considerations.
Is the rope new?
Are you just finishing an end on a new rope?
Are you cutting off of a spool or longer rope?
Are you just refinishing a rope whose sheath has milked down?
Do you want to indicate the length?
what could go wrong?
Mark the location of the cut
Wearing gloves, apply glue and knead it into the sheath
Allow to cure for a couple hours and cut using a sharp* knife
I have used Bootboy's technique to great success. None of the ends of the Sterling C-IV i cut have come undone or frayed. I also squeezed a bit of the aquaseal into the end of the rope to cap the end.
Taking care to finish a rope end this way can save a lot of grief on a 'marginal' pull.
Like on a long rappel anchored by an extended sling,
when the sling flips and the pull side of the rope is on top of the link making a pinch
and maybe the ropes are twisted around each other..
In this circumstance ANY additional resistance (like a badly finished/blob rope end) could leave you stuck.
I hope that is not a hardwood FLOOR...