# how to measure how much you need in a reels.

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Chris Dono, Sep 10, 2008.

1. ### Chris DonoRookie

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I'm thinking of buying reels now I'm kinda confused about how do I get the right admount of string? Any ideas/tricks that can save me time?

2. ### BCEagle01New User

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I lay out a 3 foot tape measure. Place my reel on the left side of the 3 feet and then pull 3 feet at a time.

3. ### McLovinHall of Fame

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Depends. One strand or two?

Normal packages come w/ 40ft of string. If you buy a 360ft reel, that equates to 9 stringings using 40ft per.

If you use a single strand in a 95 sqin (16 x 19), you can use as little as 36ft, which results in 10 stringings.

If you do two strands, you might be able to get 9 1/2 stringings, using the 1/2 strand in your 2nd reel.

98 sqin & above, you will need to start ~ 38 ft and measure how much you have remaining (leaving enough at the end for the final pull). It also will vary depending on stringing pattern (obviously).

4. ### Il MostroBanned

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Here's a tip that I picked up at these forums. I have a table near my stringing machine that measures exactly 5' in length. I simply use that for most of my measuring and the rule on the front of my machine for the small increments. This is quick and a no-brainer.

5. ### pabletionProfessional

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Rule of thumb here where I play: u need 36 ft to string a racquet, so, using a standard raquet (27 in long), I pull on the string and count 16 times along the raquet. Thats 432 in or 36 ft. Always done it this way and I end up with the exact amount I need.

6. ### RabbitG.O.A.T.

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That 36 feet....does that include tie offs? I mean, how close are you cutting it?

There probably wouldn't be that much difference between a 90 and 95 with 16X19, would there?

This is a fairly substantial savings. If you buy a reel of 660 feet for \$129.95, it knocks the cost per set from 10.95 to 7.22

7. ### jim eHall of Fame

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The typical racquet is 27 inches long.
9 racquet lenghts= 20.25 feet=most mains,
8 racquet lenghts = 18 feet= most crosses.
Easiest to measure that once racquet is mounted on machine.
You can re adjust from here, this gives a good starting point.

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9. ### MTChongProfessional

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I know some people (like myself as well as a friend) that use our wingspan to pull out the string. Mine is about 5' even so it works out nicely for mains on a 90" 18x20.

10. ### strikeRookie

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When I first learned to string, the guy that taught me used this method as well...3 "wingspans" for a 90 inch frame (two piece stringing, for the mains), 3.5 for 95+ inch frames. I have done it this way ever since.

I have found 3.5 "wingspans" seems to do the trick for a 1/2 set on my KTeams. The remaining 1/2 set always enough for another job on my DC Plus. Sometimes it can get close, but never been an issue, so I have kept doing it this way.

11. ### *breaksracquetSemi-Pro

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This is exactly what I do.

12. ### NanshikiHall of Fame

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Wrap the string around a pole 20 feet away, cut at the pole. lol

13. ### Infl8edEg0Professional

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On your stringer, get a ruler and mark out 1ft on it if u can. That way, you can measure it out pretty quickly. On my Klippermate, it has a ruler thing already there, haha.

14. ### officerdibbleSemi-Pro

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That's sort of what I do, except because I have a table top machine I can use the longer distance to the feet and make a 2ft length each time - I only have to do half as many!

15. ### ODYSSEY Mk.4Professional

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honestly i got yarn got a ruler foot by foot aand cut one thats red for my mains at 19.5 feet and a blue one at 18 feet then clamp you string in walk back the reel tug on it a bit to pull the slack; drop the reel then snip and string away

16. ### Steve HuffLegend

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Depends on the racket too. I can string a K95 with a 16 x 18 pattern with 33'. I can string a Radical OS with a 18 x 19 pattern with 38'. Plus, it depends on the machine too. With a crank, you need a little less because you can move your string gripper right up to the edge of the frame. I have an electric. This requires a little bit more, since the string will need to reach the tension head. With a dropweight, you need more still as the string needs to reach AND wrap around the tensioner.

17. ### tlmLegend

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Has anyone ever heard of a tape measure? I just clamp the string to the vise put a pencil in the spool then pull out about what i need. Then get a tape measure hold the end of the string on the end of the tape then hold them together+ keep going until you get to the # of feet you need.

This is much more accurate then trying to measure of a little 1 foot ruler or the top of a table. If you are using a spool+trying to get the most out of it accuracy is important. You can make it to short+ you wont know until you are done+just wasted an entire string job. Or you can make it to long+ waste a lot of string.