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Splicing Guide - Tapered Mega Plait to Chain Splice



Step 1- Beginning the Splice

Measure from the end of the rope one full fid length (or 21 times the diameter) and place a wrap of twine around the rope at this point and tie tightly (a double overhand knot would suffice).


measuring 1 fid length of line

Step 2- Strand Separation

Tape each of the 6 strand pairs together, and un-lay strands back to the twine. Lable strand pairs 1 through 6 as shown in photo.


whipping twine

Step 3- Strand Insertion through chain link

Setup strands 1,2, and 3 on one side of the chain link with the remaining strands on the other side. Pass strands through the link from opposite sides in an alternating fashion. First pass strand 1 through the link on one direction, then pass strand 6 through the link in the opposite direction, then strand 2 in the same direction as strand 1 and strand 5 in the same direction as strand 6, and the same with strands 3 and 4.


Strand Insertion through chain link

Step 4-Initial Strand Tuck

Note: Prior to beginning tucks, insert small fid (1/4" or equivalent) between the throat of the splice and the chain link.

  1. Starting with strand pair #1, select a strand pair that turns to the right or to the left and tuck strand pair #1 under the selected strand pair. Make only one tuck.
  2. Now tuck strand pairs #2 and #3 in the same way- for strand pair #2, select the strand pair that turns in the opposite direction as the strand pair used for pair #1. Strand pair #3 is to be tucked under the strand pair that turns in the same direction as the #1 strand pair.
  3. Repeat process from strand pairs #4, #5, and #6- Strand pairs #4 and #6 are to be tucked under strand pairs that turn in the same direction as the one used for the #2 strand pair and strand pair #5 is to be tucked under a strand pair that turns in the same direction as the ones used for #1 and #3 strand pairs.
  4. Pull all strand pairs snug to the chain.

Step 4-Initial Strand Tuck

Step 5- Strand Tucks

This method for the next series of tucks is to go over a strand pair then under a strand pair. In this splice, when you go over a strand pair you need to follow the braid of the rope (as shown in photo). So, essentially you are doubling up the braid from two strands to four. Perform a total of 2 tucks with all of the strands.


Step 5- Strand Tucks

Step 6-Taper

  1. After the second full tuck, split the six strand pairs by half.
    Note:To avoid confusion as to which strands are to be tucked, you may want to take the ends that are no longer in use the end of rope or chain opposite the direction of the splice (see photo).
  2. Tuck all six (6) of the split strand pairs an additional tuck, following the method described in step 5.
  3. Next, tuck only four (4) of the strands one more time (2 "S" and 2"Z").
  4. Finally, tuck two (2) strands one last time (1 "S" and 1 "Z').
  5. Remove fid that was used as a spacer.

Tapering the splice using fid as spacer

spacer removed from tapered splice

Step 7- Finishing the Splice

Using a hot knife, trim strands to a length equal to the ropes diameter.


Step 7- Finishing the Splice

12-STRAND

 

3-STRAND

   

DOUBLE BRAID

 

KERNMANTLE

 

PARALLEL CORE

 


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