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Making an Eye Splice
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Construction of Wire Rope
Figure 3-22 shows the knack of working the fid in making an eye splice. Lay out your line along the deck with the end to your right. Bend the line back until the eye is the desired size, and shove the fid through the standing part at the correct spot to raise the top strand. With your right hand shove the fid through, away from you, holding the line with your left hand. Grab the raised strand with your left finger and thumb, and hold it up while you pull out the fid. Lay the fid down, pick up the proper strand in the end, and tuck it through the raised strand from outboard toward you. Your first round of tucks must be taken in proper order to avoid getting fouled up. Separate the strands in the end and hold them up as indicated in view 1 in figure  3-23.  The  middle  strand  (facing  you)  always tucks first. Be sure to keep the right-hand strand, shown in view 2, on the side of the line that is toward you. Tuck that one next, over the strand you just tucked the other one under, and under the strand just below it, shown in view 3. Now turn the whole thing over. In view 4, you can see that you now have only one strand from the end left untucked, and only one strand in the standing part that does not already have a strand under it. Do not forget to tuck the last strand from outboard toward you. The first round of tucks is the key to making perfect eye splices; the rest is easy. Simply tuck each strand from the end over the strand of the standing part that it is now above, and under the next strand below that one, until you tuck each strand twice more besides the original tuck Three tucks to each strand in all is enough for natural fiber rope. Four or five tucks are needed for synthetic  fiber,  especially  the  more  slippery  nylon. SHORT  SPLICE Lines are short spliced together when a slight enlargement  of  the  diameter  of  the  line  is  of  no importance. Slings are made of pieces of line, with their own  ends  short  spliced  together. The only trick to short splicing is in seizing the ends together (fig. 3-24) so each strand in one end lies along a  corresponding  strand  in  the  other  end.  After  unlaying the strands, you simply butt the two ends against each other  until  you  see  that  they  are  interlaced  correctly. With large lines you now must put on a temporary seizing where they join to keep them from suddenly coming apart. It is better to do that with small lines, too, until you get the hang of holding them together while you tuck. Once your seizing is on, tuck over and under the same way you finish off an eye splice. Three tucks on each  side  of  the  seizing  are  sufficient. SAILMAKER’S SPLICE FOR FOUR-STRAND ROPE An eye splice consists of three main component, the eye, individual strands, and the standing part of the rope. The eyes in mooring lines are normally 6 to 10 feet Figure 3-24.–Seizing lines for splicing. 3-17

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