Straightening crosses while tensioning

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  1. philbhp

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    I use an electric constant pull machine. This also happens when I use a manual lockout. When I pull my crosses they do not stay straight. They curve downwards towards the throat of the racquet.

    To counter this I straighten each cross while it is tensioning before I clamp it. What is the effect of doing this? Each cross seems to be getting more tension because it is being tensioned longer while I straighten it before I clamp it. Is this bad for the frame? Should I wait to straighten the crosses until I am done stringing the racquet? Should I not bother at all?
     
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  2. struggle

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    post this in the stringing section.

    i think you'll find most straighten as they string and then again at the end of the job.

    are you weaving crosses "one ahead"?
     
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  3. Lambsscroll

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    Yeah just straighten the cross as you pull. Just do this with all frames and your good.
     
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  4. Chotobaka

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    In addition to straightening as you string, be sure to move the string you are going to tension up to the previous string before you pull tension. You will wind up with straight strings.
     
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  5. philbhp

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    Thanks guys. I also posted in the stringing section.

    I weave about 5 crosses in advance, tension all of them, and then repeat. Is there a better way (faster/straighter) to do it?

    Cheers,

    P
     
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  6. PBODY99

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    I have found that pre-weaving more that one string ahead doesn't give me any speed increase.
     
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  7. Fuji

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    Yeah it just sounds like you're rainbowing your bed a bit. I also string on an electronic pull machine and it's life haha. Best bet is to just straighten as you go.

    You do 5 crosses in advance? I just do one ahead every time.

    -Fuji
     
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  8. Valjean

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    I think you had better test the tension on each of those five strings you tension all at once.
     
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  9. Ronaldo

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    Found pre-weaving decreases the tension on the string being weaved. Dramatically increases weabability.
     
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  10. 3fees

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    You get the amount of loop right then straightening is not a issue , it straightens as its pulled..
     
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  11. struggle

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    weave one ahead. it mimicks the last tensioned string (over/under) and is easier to weave, like a loom.

    weaving any more than one ahead is creating "hard" weaves and that is harder/slower to do, especially the further along you get on the crosses.
     
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  12. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I used to do that too, and you're right, it really doesn't save a whole lot of time.

    I tension the crosses twice. Because on the 1st pull, the crosses aren't straight and if I were to straighten out the cross, I've given it slack. So I release and pull for a 2nd time. Nice and straight.
     
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  13. Hi I'm Ray

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    According to a manual I have here, USRSA tests showed straightening crosses while pulling tension increased 6% on electronic continuous pull machines and 3% on spring tension machines
     
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