Splicing Nylon Rope?

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Oct 17, 2017
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Is it possible to splice nylon rope ?
I have a tow-rope that parted company, and asked several local fishermen if it could be done.
Most said No, but one said Yes. I won't go into what he did, but splicing it wasn't.
This is a shiny nylon thing, not like a 'normal' nylon 'rope'.
I hope i'll never need it, but the more I talk to people who say it can't be done, the more I know that someone, somewhere can do it.

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Robson Valley

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Ordinary 3-strand nylon rope is really easy to splice.
You need a big enough fid, 2 colors of masking tape and a sharp knife.
If you can tie your shoelaces, you're over qualified.
KNOTS: The Complete Visual Guide. by Des Pawson The short splice begins on page 347.

Is this rope of yours not the conventional 3-strand construction?
If not, how is it built? Braided? Kernmantle? Woven web strap?
 

Nice65

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Is it possible to splice nylon rope ?
I have a tow-rope that parted company, and asked several local fishermen if it could be done.
Most said No, but one said Yes. I won't go into what he did, but splicing it wasn't.
This is a shiny nylon thing, not like a 'normal' nylon 'rope'.
I hope i'll never need it, but the more I talk to people who say it can't be done, the more I know that someone, somewhere can do it.

images later
Need the images really. I can splice 3 strand, and put eye splices in each end of my 8 strand climbing rope years ago. Get a mid sized fid and some similar rope and have a try at it, it's quite satisfying, especially on a climbing rope where I completely overdid it because I wanted the security. That rope is over 20 yrs old now, not used for climbing, but I have a length of it in the car and it'll happily pull some weight.

More modern ropes are sleeved with a core of fibre, sort of like paracord with the strands inside. That won't splice, but there are knots that will work. I'd imagine your fisherman used a double fisherman knot. It's a very strong knot, our Prussic loops were tied this way, you can trust your life with them.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_fisherman's_knot
 

sunndog

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Need the images really. I can splice 3 strand, and put eye splices in each end of my 8 strand climbing rope years ago. Get a mid sized fid and some similar rope and have a try at it, it's quite satisfying, especially on a climbing rope where I completely overdid it because I wanted the security. That rope is over 20 yrs old now, not used for climbing, but I have a length of it in the car and it'll happily pull some weight.

More modern ropes are sleeved with a core of fibre, sort of like paracord with the strands inside. That won't splice, but there are knots that will work. I'd imagine your fisherman used a double fisherman knot. It's a very strong knot, our Prussic loops were tied this way, you can trust your life with them.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_fisherman's_knot
Some double braids can be spliced. I splice thimbles into my lowering ropes
Three strand climbing rope sounds so odd these days, is it similar to polysteel?

O.P we need some pics mate
 

Seagull

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If your rope is a double-braid construction, then, for practical purposes it's as well to be aware that once it has been subjected to any sort of significant loading, it is almost impossibly difficult to make a good job of re-splicing it. Been there, tried it many times, with many types of similar ropes...just replace it with an easily spliced bit of unused rope. Even then, get some practise in, beforehand.
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