Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Roger Wawrinka, Sep 22, 2013.
I was wondering if this is worth buying?
IMO no, I don't use an awl anymore not even for installing grommets. Of course if you want to chip up some ice it works good.
Setting off awls are for straighting strings right? I'm just making sure but I'm sure it is
I believe Roger is asking about the blunt tip tool that wouldn't be great for ice.
RW, mine has been in the tool case for years...can't remember the last time I used it. For particularly nasty strings, I use a pair of curved needle nose to persuade the strings to align properly, but I really don't have that much adjusting at the end of a string job.
Worth having, yes...worth buying as a stand alone tool...meh.
what do you use to install more difficult grommets like the ones for babolats?
I use a piece of a utility flag. You can see it at about 6:40 in this video.
I actually got the idea when doing those Babolat grommets. The awl would get stuck in the grommet sometimes and when you pull it out the grommet came with it. I put the 90* bend in the rod after heating it with a torch. It is good for pulling grommets from the inside.
This rod bends very easy so be careful. I push it through the grommet and bend the grommets using the rod pushing on both sides as close to the frame as possible.
Won't needle nose pliers damage the string?
that's a great idea! yeah, the babolat grommets can be a bit difficult and as you mentioned, the awl does get stuck in the grommet and requires some care to extract it without pulling the grommet back out. i've gotten pretty good at installing babolat grommets now, but always looking to make the task easier. thanks for sharing!
When I first started stringing I broke a couple of awls installing grommets. And before they broke they were all bent up. It did not take long to figure out I had to twist the awl before pulling it out and not to use the awl as a pry bar. LOL Now when my little rods gets bend I make another one. I can make hundreds for less than the price of an awl. I think I got 100 flags at Home Depot for about $7 and each rod will make 4.
gotta give you mad props for thinking outside of the box - way outside.
IMHO this tool is worth the 'luxury' spend if you frequently string enough frames that your fingers will hurt by straightening. I'd say this is several 12+ frame days in a row. Even then, not really critical. I thought it was a useless tool (and it looked too barbarian in use) to actually want one until I got a nice babolat one in a tool kit. Now I appreciate them, but still wouldn't buy one over something like a Starting clamp, etc.
err this is the blunt stick with screwdriver handle for comfort
just to stab the string bed into nice neat conformity?
I use bamboo disposable chopstick, comes free with my takeaway lunch
Use in unbroken pair together, I guess I could wrap some grip tape
around the square end if I wanted it more plushy.
StringThing also works once frame is released from clamps.
A phillips head screwdriver works as well.
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