How do you "extend" a too short string with a starting clamp?

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  1. JackB1

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    When your last string is a little too short to reach the tensioner, how exactly do you bridge it with a piece of scrap string using a starting clamp? I recently had this issue and couldn't figure out how to do it. The string kept slipping out of the starting clamp. Any help would be great.
     
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    clamp the string outside the frame with the starting clamp.

    run a loop of string through the holes of the starting clamp (around the clamp) and back to the tensioner. tension, clamp, tieoff.
     
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  3. Ash_Smith

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    Take a scrap piece of string and loop it through the eyelets on either side of the clamp (go through the left two, around and through the right two). Then clamp the string from the racquet in the jaws of the starting clamp and run the string you looped around through the tension head. Et Voila!

    Ash
     
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    Here is a link that has a picture showing you this.
    http://www.keohi.com/tennis/misc/startingclamp.htm
     
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  5. Hidious

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    I have a very simple knot you can use with a scrap piece of string to extend the length and reach the tension head. It's simple and has never failed me.

    Unfortunately, i don't know if it has a name and it's kind of hard to explain. I reckon it was some kind of fishing knot, i'll try to find pictures.

    Edit: I just realized your are looking for a method with a starting clamp which i have never tried...
     
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  6. badkitty

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    The knot I use is called a "water knot". This is a rock climbing knot used to join to pieces of slippery webbing or rope. Works well for tennis string.
     
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    I've seen that knot before but for tennis string less than 6" it's hard to cinch, due to the nature of most tennis string. On Natural gut and mulitfiliment string it may work with less than 6" of string, but on nylon or poly you'll need at least a foot.
     
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    The key is to make sure that the short string is under the loop of the bridge string in the clamp.
     
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  10. Hidious

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    FYI, I found which knot i use, it's called a Sheet Bend knot. Fast and easy to tie and never failed me (i tie a standard knot on top of it to make sure).

    How To Tie the Sheet Bend Knot
     
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  11. Irvin

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    Hummm looks like under, over, and through to me. and you say you tie a standard knot on top of it? Sound like you end up with a double half hitch. Seems like the best thing to do is not ever end up with a string too short. Otherwise, plan ahead, I know that is hard to do sometimes.

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  12. JackB1

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    thanks to everyone for the replies. I think I got it now!
     
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