String Snapped while stringing - Blood + Whiplash!

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  1. Sweet-Spot

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    I was stringing a racket the other day with my shirt off (I live in a very hot climate). I was pulling it around 30kg as I like my tension tight. This strings I had were Pro Hurricane tour but I get them from China so I am a little suspicious (although they do feel reasonably good).

    Anyways as I'm pulling on the mains, the string just snaps, flies back and as I was standing in the line of fire whips me on the abdominals, drawing blood. I also have a nice red line down my torso where the string hit me.

    Pretty dangerous, had I bent down to get something it could well have blinded me. This happened to anyone else?
     
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  2. Lakers4Life

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    Ouch! Nope I can't say that happen to me. (knock on wood)
     
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  3. zapvor

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    lets wear a shirt next time
     
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    and protective eyewear if you choose to use knock off strings again in the future. as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for."
     
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  5. Irvin

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    I have had string break before but can say that I've ever seen a string snap, whip through the grommet and out if the racket and hit something. Especially poly. Just a freak accident I don't think it would happen again but you never know.
     
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  6. Lakers4Life

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    I'm assuming the OP was using a drop weight.
     
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  7. Irvin

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    And gravity falling for a 1 foot distance will fall fast enough to spin the 2 inch gripper fast enough to draw blood? He would have to be standing far enough behind the bar for it to fall freely. Do you really think hurricane tour is going to whip like that? I have to give it to you, you have a vivid imagination L4L. LOL

    He may have been scratched but I find whiplash hard to believe.
     
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  8. Lakers4Life

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    Well Irvin you have an even more vivid imagination when it comes to stringing. :lol:

    I'm saying it plauseable, especially at 66 lbs of tension and a drop weight pulling the string. Why don't you give it a try, and see if draws blood.:lol:
     
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  9. Irvin

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    Thanks, I take that as a compliment even though you did not mean it to be.

    Well there are a couple of reasons, 1) I don't have a DW, and 2) I would never stand inline with the direction of pull outside the bar to tension a string with a DW.
     
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  10. Squidward

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    I've had 1 string pop while pulling (on the last cross no less...). I think it was just defective string. It just seperated and frayed where the break was.

    Still, I always wear safety glasses when I string, mainly 'cause I need bi-focals and have to wear glasses anyway.

    If a string did pop with enough force to whiplash, I'd imagine it'd be pretty painful. Something to think about...
     
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  11. WileyCoyote

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    Really???

    When I pull with my machine, I am standing to one side and the pulling tensioner moves in front of me to my right, as I am right handed. The pulling happens from left to right, not in any way toward my body.

    So if a string were to break, and somehow make it thru the grommets with a lot of speed, it might get one of my hands if they were near the racquet, but I cannot imagine how the string might make contact with my torso.

    And, of course, the string would have to be a main, as I cannot imagine a cross making it all the way out of the stringbed.

    If the string involved was not in the racquet and being pulled by the gripper, that is a really short piece and again, I do not see how it could hit your torso unless you were hunched over the tensioner.

    I need a bit more to go on here.

    Harry
     
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  12. zapvor

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    i think irvin imagined he could string up a racket in 4min too...then he found out the truth;)
     
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    forgot about that one. how did it end?
     
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    haha you can look up the thread. pretty funny. lets just say he wasnt even close......
     
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    If the OP doesn't return, I think we can probably chalk this one up to a Final Destination scenario that finally found an end. :p
     
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  16. zapvor

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    lol thats bad.......
     
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  17. Irvin

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    WileyCoyote, glad to see everyone on this forum is not so gullible.
     
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    He tried to recreate it but used Kevlar. Cut him in half.:(
     
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  19. Irvin

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    I think tug of wars should be outlawed. I have a friend who says he was the first guy in line when the rope broke. The rope whipped back and cut his head off. He still has problems when it rains.
     
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    PHT from China might be imitation.
     
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    It's for sure a knock off and that's likely why it broke.
     
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    Most definitely, there's no telling what that stuff really is.
     
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    Coke through the nose! Too F'ing funny.....
     
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    OP is still alive and has made a few other random posts.
    I take this one with a full shaker of salt. :)
     
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  26. Irvin

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    I think it is just a joke.
     
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    I'd post pics but it has healed nicely :)
    Yes it was on a main.

    Yes I may need to evaluate where I stand when pulling the strings. Was using a drop weight.

    Sorry to disappoint some of you, this isn't made up lol... Pull any string at 66 lbs, stand behind the gripper and cut the string and see what it does to you :)
     
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  28. pvaudio

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    You must have the world's most energy hungry stringer. I cannot even imagine that you could tension poly to hold soooooooooo much energy inside it that if you release it at once, it would be able to literally whip you. I have seen someone seriously injured while trying to tune an old piano when one of the strings did snap (it was somehow corroded....first sign the thing was a crock). However, piano strings are literally tensioned on the order of tens of thousands of pounds. Not a few dozen.

    Edit: terrible wording LOL, see post 31
     
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  29. Sweet-Spot

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    I had 6 years off tennis and never used a poly before this. Now I know poly's work better at lower tensions!
     
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  30. Irvin

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    LMAO I think I am going to buy some piano wire and tie them together for a tow chain.

    EDIT: Did any one see the Duck Dynasty show where they put an old travel up on stilts to create "The Mother of all Duck Blinds?" They should have tied it up there with piano wire.
     
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  31. pvaudio

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    :lol: I just re-read that and indeed it does sound ridiculous; excuse my atrocious wording. The total tension on piano strings (as in total) is about 18-30 tons. For example, a Steinway concert grand has a total string tension of 45,000lbs which is actually what's considered a low-tension piano. Each string is tensioned to about 200-300lbs.

    http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/grand/model-d/
     
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  32. Irvin

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    I'll take your word for that but it still sounds high. I thought you meant the tension on A piano wire.
     
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  33. pvaudio

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    No, a 1mm wire shouldn't be able to hold a few thousand pounds :)

    And don't take my word for it, click the Steinway link. Or, check out the math here: http://www.phys.cwru.edu/forums/read.php?9,760,794

    1750N is about 390lbs.
     
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  34. fortun8son

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    pv is right about the piano.
    That's why they weigh so much.
    The frame has to be made of cast iron to withstand the tension.
     
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