string tubing?

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  1. Stinkdyr

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    Hi guys, What is a good tubing to use to protect the strings from cracked grommets?
    What is it called, and where can I buy it?

    thx and Happy New Year!
     
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    If I put tubing at the thoat on one side, should I use it on the other side too, for a symetrical sweet spot? It's an old racquet and I don't think I can get grommets anymore (Dunlop Black Max II.)
     
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    You would have received more responses on this topic if it was posted in the stringing techniques and stringing machines section.

    In my opinion, tubing is like a bandaide, it only protects so much as it is not the same as a grommet, but if you must use tubing I would not use what the links above showed you, as that is nylon tubing, I would at the least get teflon tubing that is thinner and somewhat easier to use.It stretches thinner so it is a little easier to position.This will work, if just one or two grommets worn, but yu will be dealing with them each time you string it.

    Best bet is.....
    replace he grommets singley as needed if the set is not available.
    TW sells single grommet sets in different sizes, and you just use a grommet grinder to separate and remove the bad grommet and replace with a single one.You can also cut up an old grommet set (this is why I save old grommets sets that I replace, as some of the older grommet sets can still have some decent grommets left to use as a replacement) , or just purchase individule grommet sizes and replace them one at a time as needed, as tubing is not much of long term help, and each time stringing you will be dealing with the tubes as well.You can go down the tubes if you want.

    You just place a grommet grinder into the bad grommet and twist clockwise to separte grommet, hold onto the end of the separated grommet with needlenose pliers and then twist grinder counterclockwise to release the grinder from the grommet and pull out the grommet, trim and insert new grommet to place, it is just that simple, it works and has a longer life than tubing, and dealing with tubes each time. just be careful not to let any pieces get into racquet, as then you will need to shake out any loose pieces.
    this is really your best option, unless $ is no issue , then contact the tennis meanace company that does have outdated sets, but be warned thay do come at a premium if they have yours.

    BTW, a grommet grinder is an awl shapped devise that has groves cut into the tip to grab and separate the grommet.

    If you go with tubing at least get the teflon one like this link,
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-GTUBING.html
    and if you look online there are places that sell teflon string tubing in clear and black so job looks a little neater as well.
    As you can tell, I am not fond of tubing strings, but use it when necessary only.
     
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  7. Muppet

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    Thanks jim e

    I'll look into a single grommet replacement.
     
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    To be honest it is easier to replace a single grommet than tube, at least for me, as it is fast, simple and works well and is durable.If you go that way, you can let me know if any issues and I will help. Jim
     
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    Thank you jim e. I'll let you know if I need any help.
     
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    Thanks guys, I appreciate all the advice.
     
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    While i frequently use tubing on a split grommet if needed,
    jim e. has nailed it.

    Also, I use both the nylon and teflon tubing, pending the situation. Sometimes, for example, the
    teflon stuff can be abit too flexible and hard to get through a smaller grommet hole, etc. Everyday is a winding road.

    wax and an awl are your best buddy at times.
     
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