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Shortening Lines?

Postby John Doe » Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:47 am

Anyone have a good way to safely shorten a set of lines? I know I shouldn't just cut them & tie them off. They should be sheathed & sown etc.

Anyone have a good kit for doing it? I have several sets of 23m, want to make a 18m set out of one of them.

Gracias :lol:

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Re: Shortening Lines?

Postby GregK » Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:08 am

Use one of these - to put new sleeving on at the desired length, then temporarily secure them by tying a figure-8 knot at the sleeving. Next time you take a kite in for a sewn repair, ask your repair-person to stitch up the lines too.

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Re: Shortening Lines?

Postby henjj » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:46 pm

i just made a short line set out of some old lines. this post was helpful: . Forgot to add....check out the second page of the post. The original poster was using 800# line. The lines I used weren't as thick, so I used some para-cord sheath on my spliced loop to give the loop some extra "padding" (see pictures).

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Re: Shortening Lines?

Postby Laughingman » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:29 pm

I've used this tool to repair a broken line, it could be used as well to shorten lines to what ever length you like and there is no sleeving required.

Look on the site for the how to video, it literally took me less then 10mins the first time I tried it.

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Re: Shortening Lines?

Postby bay surfer » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:59 pm

Well three ways.
1. Buy Q-line tie figure 8 Knots. That way the next time you need to replace a end you have the Q-line to do it :thumb:
2. Feed line into itself using a tooth threading tool, or fish line, then sew theaded area with Dental floss, takes 5 for each loop.
3. Thead line through sleevin using said threading tools, and then sew lone together, takes 10 to 15 mins per loop, really does not last much longer than #2, looks so so. unless you use a machine.

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