Cutting out old strings

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by levy1, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. levy1

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    Should I cut out strings with the racket unmounted, mounted or it does not matter.

    BTW I bought the tool to cut out strings and it is a lot easier to use then ****s for me.
     
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  2. Irvin

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    Uncounted to allow the racket to return to its normal shape if it was distorted.
     
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  3. gmatheis

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    As Irvin said.

    When I break a string I cut the rest out right away, even if I'm not going to restring that frame immediately. I just use a toenail clipper (toenail clippers are the larger ones). I start in the middle and clip the cross above, the main to the right, the cross below, and the main to the left, rinse and repeat working in a outward spiraling circle.
     
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  4. Irvin

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    I had a customer that used to take the strings out of his racket when they broke. Once I asked him if he still had the plastic throat piece the strings go through. He is leaving the strings in the racket now and letting me take them out. With the old wooden rackets the frame could be distorted when a string broke but the newer ones pop right back.
     
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  5. jim e

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    Cut the strings out not mounted, as you want the racquet to go back to its normal shape while you are cutting them out.Just start from the center and cut out in 2 directions in a diagional to spread out the stress.

    I typically tell clients to leave them in the racquet when they break, as many people have no idea how to properly remove them. I had a couple people try and pull out the strings without cutting them, as they must have done it very fast, and they basically melted the grommets pulling out the strings.Fortunately it was on racquets that the grommets were still available, as most racquet manuf. discontinue the grommets way to soon.

    I have had some clients bring in racquets where they told me they left the racquet in trunk of car for months with broken string , and still no problems with racquet distortion. Todays racquets can take a lot of abuse.

    To be honest, I have yet to see a racquet come in that you were able to tell there was permenant distortion of racquet due to a broken string left in a racquet. Be interesting to hear if other stringers here found the same thing true.
     
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  6. Chotobaka

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    Knowing where the break occurred is a plus for leaving the strings in -- i.e. showing someone that the break was strictly the result of a shank. Amazingly, many people just do not want to know about this.
     
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    also may help indicate where a bad grommet is, etc.
     
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  8. bugeyed

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    I cut the strings to equalize the tension. I don't think it's a good idea to leave the crosses intact when a main breaks. It's pretty obvious that the frame could suffer stress that it is not designed to handle. If you need to preserve the evidence of the main break location, at least cut a center cross to relax the tension equally.

    Cheers,
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  9. Chotobaka

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    Very true for a new baddy.
     
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  10. levy1

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    Thanks everyone
     
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  11. schap02

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    First off, nice avatar

    cut em out before mounting
     
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