Splice: The messenger trick
To sum up, in this tutorial, Julien Barnet reveals a foolproof technique to splice a messenger line onto a rope that is hard to work on. When the hollow fid and even the long eye splicing needle cannot be fed through (very fine braid, tight cover), he uses a finer messenger line that will slide easily into the rope. Savvy stuff up there!
Here is a classical splicing situation (warning, please note that some scenes contain elements that may offend or affect younger or sensitive viewers):
- First, I begin my splice feeling relaxed, and whistling a popular Johnny Hallyday jazz tune.
- Yet, I know that the task won’t be easy because the cover is very tight and/or the rope is very thin.
- Then, what was bound to occur happens: the needle gets stuck.
- I pretend to ignore the problem and try to resort to force (who is the boss?).
- In the end, I’m offended and afflict the guilty party (the rope or anyone passing by) with a heap of insults.
- After that, I head to the fridge with determination, and grab both a beer and an organic fruit juice to calm my nerves and quench my thirst.
- After this vitamin boost, I remember that Ino-Rope published video tutorials on splicing and so I switch on my computer.
- I was amazed to discover a simple and very well explained solution to my problem. In conclusion, all you need is a messenger line instead of a needle to make my splice.