Reuse string by using only one knot

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  1. treo

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    This works on my Prince Speedport Black but probably won't work on others unless you wrap string around frame. For one piece job, start a with knot but don't tie off at the end. Leave enough string to clamp and wrap string a few times around the support beam between the O ports then use a zip tie to secure. Do it again on another set of ports.

    I use a hybrid and end up with 4 zip ties on top and 2 on the bottom. It will add some weight. No knots on mains and one to start crosses. To reuse string, cut the zip ties and string again.
     
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    what's main reason for reusing string?

    meh, have heard of ppl washing & reusing tinfoil too... yeah it's
    Wasteful just throwing it away after 1 use, but hey it all goes to landfill
     
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    There are people who sell used tennis string on the major online auction site, and it appears that people are buying this used cut out polyester string (probably completely dead). If you are hurting that badly, just use the cheapest thick nylon- it used to last me forever.
     
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    Yes, i think it would also play better and be more consistent.
     
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  6. treo

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    Reusing string is working for me. I was trying out 50lbs and found it to be too loose so I unwrapped and restrung same strings at my usual 54lbs and it plays like a fresh string job. Actually a little better since they are already broken in.

    I use 15g syn gut mains and 18g poly crosses. After the mains are notched about half way through I will unwrap and restring. This will regain the tension lost on the poly and the mains will start notching in fresh spots. I'll keep using the expensive poly until it feels bad and use cheap syn gut twice. I usually get 8-10 hours before syn gut breaks but now can get 16-20 and don't have to waste the usable poly crosses.
     
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  7. The Meat

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    Only works for a full bed, lazy people like myself who string two piece to save time can't salvage our strings when we break them in one session...oh the costs...
     
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    ex mains recycle as cross, then into smaller frames & squash... :shock:
     
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    maybe if i lived in a third world country, played barefoot amongst wild things and strung my rackets bare handed....
     
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    wow........someone come up with reuse string with no knots please
     
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    Treat yourself. Spend the $2 for new mains.
     
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    Not possible for me, midsize 16x19 requires me to have at least 15ft of string to barely finish the crosses. I always break mains, never crosses.

    I would have to get the big bubba and break on the very end of the mains to get that 15ft.

    Lol who plays squash, badminton/platform tennis is where it's at. :)
    Badminton helps with lobs and smashes, platform tennis is pretty good if you play with friends at the service box, great volley battles.
    I don't really see the fun in squash, it doesn't really help in tennis.
     
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    ahh but my badminton sticks can't use tennis string, even 1.10mm would be ridiculous ;)
     
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    ^ Its not something I've tried very much. I suspect that the only string that would cope with being restrung / reused would something that has high elasticity (dynamic stifness?) properties ie something that can stretch and stretch back again.

    Natural gut may work, but by the by the time that you reuse it, I would have thought it would be already be pretty frayed, which would defeat the point of reusing it.

    Poly I suspect would be dreadful given that the most/all of its elasticity would already have been pulled out of it, and restringing it would probably make it worse and even harder on the arm. Even prestretching a poly too much kills its elasticity and makes it play horribly.

    Nylon I don't know about as I've never tried restringing it. Also once nylon stretches, it doesn't stretch back, so over time, I suspect you would end up with a stiffer string with less and less elasticity as well as high string friction (ie less spin) due to string wear. Given the cost of synthetic gut, I'm not sure that there's much point in reusing it.

    Monogut ZX (a unique material that's not poly nor nylon) worked very well when the mains were reused as a cross with fresh poly mains but it would be something I would have repeat a few times to verify the results.

    Overall, I'm pretty sceptical about trying to reuse the same piece of string from a complete full bed as another full bed again.
     
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  17. The Meat

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    Ah, thanks.

    I was asking more about how the stringbed felt with the same string in the mains and part of the crosses, compared to the feeling of a complete hybrid.
    I've always wanted to try the Lendl setup with gut in the center surrounded with poly.
     
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    It felt pretty good. Maybe slightly softer and less crisp, but comfortable and sufficiently powerful. Then again that Monogut ZX is made from quite a unique material, so I thought it might be different to poly or nylon when reused (as a cross). I doubt you could reuse it more than once or twice though.
     
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    i guess if you are that thirifty, that is your business to reuse string.
    when i would break the xcrosses in my hybrid string job, i would just due the broken softer string, and leave the poly, but the poly went dead. so i wasted my time.

    string is kind of cheap anyway, if you want save, buy a reel
    but to each his own

    z
     
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    And I thought I'd heard it all when it came to cheapness.
     
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    just talking about racquet string, be thankful it's not toiletpaper... :twisted:
     
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  22. treo

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    I strung my racquet 3 times with the same string and it still plays well. I don't like the added weight at the top of the hoop so I won't be reusing the mains anymore and will just tie them off. For the crosses I will start off with a knot and end with a few wraps on the bridge, zip tie, run the extra string down the throat and wrap the extra string around the top of the handle, and keep reusing my poly crosses.

    I might also go back to using full poly, one piece and retighten the strings every 4 hours. I think poly tension stabilizes after the first stringing so I probably can go longer the second and third time.
     
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    Strange that you haven't mentioned anywhere in this thread what the actual string is that you've supposedly been reusing several times....
     
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    This is actually a very effective way of pre-stretching a string.

    After hitting with it for few days , re-tension it.

    You will feel a much improved performance.

    I did this with NG mains. Playability improved after re-tensioning after about 10 hours of play.

    NG mains usually last me about 100 hours.
     
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