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How to Cut and Seal the End of Ropes

Weldabeast

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Good video....I put whipping on my ropes and this video the first I seen talking about it. Needs to be posted at the top of the diy section right along with the sewing information
 

five

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First time I've seen whipping as well, usually just see the heat shrink tubing method or electrical tape.

I am surprised that he didn't mention hot knife for the oplux.
 

kyler1945

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First time I've seen whipping as well, usually just see the heat shrink tubing method or electrical tape.

I am surprised that he didn't mention hot knife for the oplux.
oplux is hard to cut even with a hot knife. The stuff is nuts.

but a hot knife is a very good investment. I’ve used mine way more than I anticipated.
 

DeerMan83

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oplux is hard to cut even with a hot knife. The stuff is nuts.

but a hot knife is a very good investment. I’ve used mine way more than I anticipated.
I’ll tell you what I had a heck of a time cutting the 5.5mm Beal Kevlar. I saw a video on the hot knife though. Should have thought to try it.


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bj139

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For polyester and nylon ropes, I wrap a piece of tape, cut in the middle and torch each end with the tape still on. I haven't done any non-melting ropes. I guess heat shrink would work for that.
 

Grasshopper

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I put a putty knife in a vise and heat it up red hot with a propane torch it works pretty good for cutting ropes and straps. I will usually put a few wraps of tape in the rope where I want to cut it first.
 

JCLINE84

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oplux is hard to cut even with a hot knife. The stuff is nuts.

but a hot knife is a very good investment. I’ve used mine way more than I anticipated.
My hot knife is almost useless on oplux. I have better luck with tape and cutting with titanium scissors. Then using the heat shrink with the glue on the inside.
 

Razorbak66

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I wrap with electrical tape lightly then put hvy shrink tube and use heat gun to shrink it and then get a brand new razor heat that up then since the shrink tube is still warm I slice with heated razor blade where I need to then heat the cut edge slightly that way it will go over the cut edge slightly. Let cool completely
Ps
As I cut I lightly roll the rope during cut that way nothing sticks
 
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