Clamp Pops Off!

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Topspin101, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Topspin101

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    Stringing with 18G Gamma and halfway through the X's the flying clamp pops off. I should have tightened the clamp before beginning.... Question; was it OK to re-tension and clamp or did I need to redo X's from the beginning? It seemed to be alright but am I just kidding myself?

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  2. struggle

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    aren't you using two clamps?
     
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  3. Topspin101

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    Just using 1 clamp per Klippermate instructional manual. I've done over 40 racquets so far w/o incident. Maybe I better re-read instructions!
     
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  4. Irvin

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    When you clamp the mains the string goes farther into the clamp. I ALWAYS adjust my clampS for the correct pressure before starting the mains and again when starting my crosses. I tighten it up just a bit for the crosses even when using the same gauge as mains.
     
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  5. Irvin

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    Well at that rate about 96% of your string jobs will be fine. Or you can ignore that part of the manual and use two clamps.
     
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  6. Topspin101

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    Is there a correct way to determine proper tension of clamps or is it trial and error? My problem stemmed from stringing the previous racket with 15G and not re-adjusting clamps to accommodate the thinner 18G string...
     
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  7. Irvin

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    I go by clamp pressure, I want the same feel when I clamp any string. If I strung 15L string and followed with an 18 gauge they would slip for sure.
     
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    i "feel" for slippage at the start of each job......usually.
    once confident my clamps are adjusted properly, i ignore it.

    as Irvin stated, you'll get used to the clamp pressure to a certain extent and
    thus feel confident about it. when in doubt you can use a sharpie and make a small mark on string at clamp and check for movement that way (mark will move relative to clamp....you could als0 use a piece of tape).
     
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  9. Hoons54

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    Yea I use dry erase markers
     
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  10. Topspin101

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    My question was actually 2. Did I need to start the X's from the beginning?

    Thanks/Don
     
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  11. Irvin

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    If it is your racket do what you want and you will know the answer the next time. if it belongs to someone else start from the beginning.
     
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