Any way to save this string job?

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  1. HunterST

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    I forgot to skip the 9th (final) hole on the top of my racquet. Even worse, I didn't realize until I tied it off. Is there any way to save this, or am I just better off cutting it out and starting over.

    I assume I'll have to start over, but I wanted to double check before I waste 20 feet of string :(.
     
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  2. bluegrass_stringer

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    If you cannot undo the knot and redo (you haven't cut tail off of knot) then you can still reuse the string. If you still have a tail on the knot, use an awl and carefully undo the knot. You might be able to use this string for the crosses ( since the crosses length will be less than the mains length) But this is of course assuming you are using the same string for mains and crosses. You could cut it near the knots and then use it for the crosses. If not, you can probably still use it in the future for crosses or racquets that may not need the same length of string in the mains.
     
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  3. HunterST

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    Thanks! I was able to undo the knot. I had to use a piece of scrap string as a "bridge" to pull tension and tying the knot was a bit tricky, but it seems like it will work fine!
     
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  4. Irvin

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    How can you forget to skip a hole? Didn't you notice your two outside mains were too close together?
     
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  5. HunterST

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    Skipped on the bottom, but not on the top. After I got done, I realized it was crooked, but it wasn't so overt I noticed before tying off.
     
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    That's how BB used to string his Puma's.
     
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  7. bluegrass_stringer

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    Not everyone has the experience to realize that they didn't skip the right hole/a hole and some racquets have weird patterns where it would be harder to tell that you didn't skip the correct holes. When in doubt, double check the pattern. Takes 20 seconds.
     
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  8. Irvin

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    Not everyone has a SD laying beside them to reference when stringing rackets. Most 16 main rackets skip either 7&9 or 8 at the head and or throat. Most 18 main rackets skip either 8&10 or 9 at the head and or throat. If the OP's racket last skip was 9H and he failed to skip it that outside main would have been very close to the one inside it. Sticks out like a sore thumb if you're consciously looking for it when stringing mains. Before tying off the mains one needs to check at the least the strings are straight and the pattern is not more dense on the outside than in the center. It is still easy to make a mistake but it only takes a couple of seconds. Lucky for the OP he was able to spot it and correct it. I'm just trying to point out what to look for when stringing mains.

    If I came on as obtuse I'm sorry it is not what I meant to do.
     
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  9. bluegrass_stringer

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  10. Irvin

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    That's all well and good but I think the OP had the pattern as he said he just forgot to skip 9H on the top of his own racket. I would assume that it is not the first time he strung the racket.
     
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  11. bluegrass_stringer

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    Geez....You said people dont have a stringer's digest laying around all the time for reference. There are tons of free resources out there for those that don't.
     
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