Can I reuse flattened string?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Woolybugger, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Woolybugger

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    Had a clamp which was uneven so it closed down like a "V" with one end much tighter than the other. I didn't realize this until I pulled tension and the string slipped. Unfortunately, the string was also pinched, about 2 inches of it, so it isn't nice and round but flat as a pancake. I immediately stopped the job and fixed the clamp.

    Question: Can I still restring with the flattened string? How will the performance and durability be affected?
     
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  2. Irvin

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    I assume you already know the answer but just to confirm your suspicions, it will be fine until it breaks which will not be long.
     
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    Aargh! Hate to waste a brand-new pack of string. I'll try as best to relocate the flattened part to a cross near the bottom and hope it lasts. Thanks for the reply!
     
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  4. Irvin

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    Good luck.
     
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  5. coachrick

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    Spoken like someone who has been stringing his/her own rackets for longer than you indicate ;) . IF you could make sure the squooshed area doesn't end up making the turn around the frame inside a grommet, it would be even better. YMMV if it's natural gut or a really fragile multi. You could always set it aside to use in something less critical(like an ex-girlfriend's racket :) ) or hybrid the uninjured string with something else.

    There's something to be said for making mistakes and learning from them...as long as it's not for a tournament player who has a match in 20 minutes! ;)
     
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