Measuring the 40'

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  1. pauliewa

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    So what's the preferred and quickest way to get 40' off the real?
     
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  2. The Meat

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    I actually measure with my arms, I found that from the tip of my left hand to my right arm pit is exactly 3 feet. Takes me 13 pulls with that length to get 39 feet, about 15 seconds.
     
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  3. bugeyed

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    I also measure with my arm. If I look straight ahead & hold the string between index finger & thumb, extend my arm to the right, it is 3' to my chin. YMMV

    Cheers,
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  4. tyu1314

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    I use my wingspan.
     
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  5. cluckcluck

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    18 racquet lengths.
    or 16 doubled.
     
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  6. PointTaken

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    +1, 18 racquet lengths
     
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  7. lionel_101

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    What's wrong with using a yard stick?

    Then there is no guessing, before cutting your string, especially if you are doing a 2 piece.
     
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  8. pvaudio

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    Some of these suggestions are hilarious :lol:

    Here's what you do: buy a set of string that is 40 feet. Keep it. Bam, there you go. If you want to string two piece, cut it in half and keep one of the halves. Just pull off that amount from the reel and you're good to go. I have a half-set of Gosen OGSM 17 that I've been using for years.
     
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  9. MarrratSafin

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    I use the length of the dropweight machine.:)
     
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  10. bugeyed

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    Using my arm length is not guessing!

    Cheers,
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  11. cluckcluck

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    You've clearly got some wicked willpower!
     
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  12. zapvor

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    sometimes i feed it through the string meter on the machine, but usually i just arm it.
     
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  13. seekay

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    Measuring tape tucked under the lip of the nearby pool table. Obviously.
     
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  14. nyc

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    same here.

    or kitchen counter = 3" deep
     
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  15. OHBH

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    Arm length is the quickest and easiest way to go. To save even more time I use my whole wingspan which is 73", pretty much six feet. I do that just six times plus one that goes only halfway meeting at my sternum and I have got 39-40 feet ready to go.
     
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  16. Lakers4Life

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    +1

    My method: 1 piece - 8 head to throat measures and 9.5 widths measure at the longest points, then double the combined lengths for a 16x19 frame. The long way is to measure 16 mains and 19 crosses.

    I don't get why you need to measure 40 feet exactly. Most of the time you'll have 5 to 6 feet of cutoff. Reels will produce 18-20 sets, 17 sets if you cut 40 at a time.
     
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  17. zapvor

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    nah. arm is quicker
     
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  18. struggle

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    The only reels i keep are cheap stuff (which i also play with), gosen and the like, so i just don't care so long as i don't come up short.

    I measured my wingspan to be about 5.5 feet and go from there. I'll look up a pattern/length and adjust accordingly, but never use an actual tape/ruler or what have ya. Did that once and came up with my wingspan. I know about what a foot is if i need to adjust.

    Individual sets are simple, especially since most are at least abit longer than advertised anyhow.
     
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  19. bugeyed

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    So you measure 160 times? I would be likely to loose count.

    Cheers,
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  20. mmk

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    I have marks on my unfinished basement floor for various lengths
     
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  21. nyc

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    LOL late night post.

    3' deep.
     
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  22. tennis_ocd

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    From machine, around dining room thru living room to mid staircase landing.
     
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  23. nyc

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    Alternatively I use my daughter. She's 3 feet. But she's also really fast, so I do get a little footwork practice in at the same time.
     
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  24. Irvin

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    Mind if I ask why it has to be the quickest way? many times sets are just as cheap or cheaper than reels. That way all you have to do is open the pack.
     
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  25. pauliewa

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    I like this best.

    Will figure my wingspan next string job and then I should be set.
     
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  26. pauliewa

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    Well I got a nice deal on bhb7 and msv reels from a friend. But yeah, sets are easier.
     
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  27. ten11

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    string from reel has less coil memory and not quite as easy to tangled up.

    I used 3 feet stick, which I picked up from furniture store. (They have it for you to pick up to measure the space in your room.) measure 3 times to get 9 feet and then 1 feet. Then I start to use this 10 feet to get 20 or 40. Simple and quick.
     
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  28. bigmalik76

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    I use my wingspan. (3 Full + thumb to middle of biceps = 20ft) :) works everytime
     
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  29. Squidward

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    I have 5 increments marked on my workbench in 1' intrevals. At the end of my bench is where my reels are mounted. I just pull the string out until I reach the desired length (not always 40'), cut and string.

    Works well for me and saves a little time.
     
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  30. Irvin

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    problem with taking 40' off a reel is twisting. Put the reel on a pencil in one hand and hold the end with the string wrapped around a door knob. Walk to a mark 20' away and cut string.
     
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    I've marked a spot on my kitchen wall which is 20' away from the bannister going upstairs. Grab the string from the reel and loop around the bannister and walk backwards while reel unwinds til I get to kitchen spot. Cut. Then keeping ends together, walk back to bannister and cut there in half. 2 - 20' sections.
     
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  32. struggle

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    wow, you folks sure can complicate something so simple.
     
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  33. pvaudio

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    I seriously do not know if people here are joking. Am I the only guy who seriously keeps 20 feet of scrap nylon around to make sure I get the right amount every time? Measuring wingspans, arm lengths, daughters, pool tables, etc....I just hope I'm in a dense mood since it's finals time.
     
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  34. Lakers4Life

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    ROFLMAO, 40' is a waste of string unless you are stringing a Gamma Big Bubba or Wilson Outer Edge.
     
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  35. struggle

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    to change an oil filter, all one needs is a screwdriver, if that.

    seems to me, most racket stringers have never held a tool in their life except maybe a starting clamp. even then
    they can discuss for days how a babolat/VS model somehow does something different than an eagnas version.
     
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  36. Irvin

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    You're kidding, are't you?
     
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  37. bugeyed

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    I have never seen anyone do this. You may be the only one!

    Cheers,
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  38. mikeler

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    I'm an arm span guy. I had my wife measure it so I know exactly how long my wing span is.
     
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  39. pvaudio

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    :cry: I am not in the right state of mind for this thread. I will see my self out.
     
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  40. Irvin

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    Sorry but this thread is getting to the point where I am not sure if posters are kidding to not. At least the OP has enough options.
     
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  41. Lakers4Life

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    The moral of this thread is, measuring what you need from a reel. The real length that matters is 36-38 feet, or enough to string a racket without coming up short.

    If one strings the same model racket all the time, they will figure out eventually how much they actually use, and I'm willing to bet it's not 40 feet.
     
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  42. struggle

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    This. Just too easy.
     
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  43. dak95_00

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    Being serious & answering two questions or just making a point:

    I have a table that is 2.5' long and pull 16 times for 40 feet. However, I use a Prince 90 that only needs 32.5' of string so I only pull 13 times and I save money by buying reels of string. I agree the savings wouldn't be worth purchasing a reel for racquets that require nearly 40 feet of string over a set.
     
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  44. sansaephanh

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    I grab my neighbors cat and tie about 5 inches of string to its leg. I send my pitbull after it and cut when it gets caught. Results may vary.

    I also hand fish with reels of synthetic gut. I let the large mouth bass run 40 feet exactly before i haul it in. Also pre-stretches the string pretty well.

    or....

    I just use my wingspan.
     
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  45. EdVin70

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    I have a stand up machine with a reel holder under the turn table. I used 2 pieces of red tape on my turn table to mark off 1'. I just grab the string and pull out with one hand stationary on the lead mark along the side of the turn table while counting in my head. It's as quick as pulling it off the reel, never been short and don't waste too much either.
     
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  46. 3fees

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    Tape measure

    :)
     
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  47. bugeyed

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    I thought those were for measuring tape!

    k
     
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    I know all of the measurements by heart. I can't tell you the exact length it takes to string a 16 main babolat on my machine besides that it is 3 1/2 measures of my wingspan. Kblade 98 is 3 and 3/4. 19 crosses takes 3 and 1/4.... and so on.

    From my experience the best way to learn and get faster at these things is... Experience. Redundant aint it?
     
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