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PostSubject: How I Cut Nylon Line ( polypropline)   Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:24 am

I purchase UV resistant Atwood brand rope at my local feed store. Seems horse people get better deals on rope than boat people get purchasing line. Lol

I prefer the braided style over the twisted. Just me.

I get 100 feet 5/8" 3300 pounds breaking strength for $44 that I use as dock lines. Cut in four equal pieces, that is $11 for a 25' 5/8" dock line. Not a bad price. The trick is cutting it, so it does not look cut.

When I cut it, l figured out how to cut it so it stays looking factory fresh even in the weather at the docks.

You need electrical vinyl tape, scissors and a propane torch.

Tightly, very tightly wrap the spot you want cut in an area covering an inch or so. About eight or ten wraps.

Heat up the scissors to about red hot, and then cut the line in the middle of the tape.

Cuts cleanly and stays small.

I roll the cut ends in a rag to knock down any sharp surprises you don't want later.

The ends look factory made, and after a year in the sun, wind, rain, the ends are still in place and look like the day I made them.

Because of the tight wrap, the ends are no larger than the line, so the line feeds in places you want it to.

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PostSubject: Re: How I Cut Nylon Line ( polypropline)   Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:21 am

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PostSubject: Re: How I Cut Nylon Line ( polypropline)   Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:07 pm

That works well. However, as the hot blade goes through the fabric, it to some degree, stretches the fibers. Scissors, don't stretch, they compress as they cut. The compression is part of what makes the job so clean.



Take the sharpest knife you can find, and cut a piece of paper. Look at the cut under magnification. Then take a pair of scissors, and do the same thing.



Golf courses don't use regular lawn mowers to achieve their manicured look, they use reel mowers, that use a scissor action to cut cleaner

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PostSubject: Re: How I Cut Nylon Line ( polypropline)   Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:04 pm

Just don't drop your red hot scissors.
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PostSubject: Re: How I Cut Nylon Line ( polypropline)   Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:11 pm

Ouch !

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