Strung my first racquet!

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by raiden031, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. raiden031

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    And it took a whopping 3 hours on my new klippermate, but the job turned out great. After the first 5 or 6 mains I confused myself and unclamped a clamp at the wrong time and botched it and had to start over. That was the only mistake I made though. I definitely think the machine seems good quality.

    To speed things up, I was wondering if it is ok to tension two strings at a time when doing the mains? I hadn't tried it but I welcome any shortcuts.
     
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  2. Nuke

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    One of the benefits of stringing your own racquet is that you know the work is done right, and not some slapdash job done by a distracted kid in Sports Authority. Pulling two mains at a time is the type of dubious shortcut you're trying to avoid by stringing your own.
     
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  3. theace21

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    Pulling 2 strings at once will never give you a consistent string bed...You will get down to an hour very soon. Don't take short cuts - Good Luck and have fun!
     
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  4. wfudeac

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    My friend said the same thing about stringing the first two crosses at once, although I plan on using a dummy string for the clamp to hold on to. Will the mains hold the clamp in place on that first cross, or do I have to worry about the clamp slipping out?
     
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  5. max

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    Congrats, Raiden! Sounds like your experience was pretty normal for the course. I botched a bit at first, too.
     
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  6. raiden031

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    The klippermate instruction guide says that you should string the first two crosses at the same time.
     
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  7. aussie

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    I took about 3 hours the first time I strung an old Wimbledon Super Boron (118 sq in), very narrow throat and beam on my Klippermate. Job turned out great for a first time on a practice racquet though. I still take about 1.5 hours even after 20 racquets, but I am very, very careful and find the time very relaxing anyway.

    Best not to pull 2 mains at once because the friction of the grommet will lower the tension although some stringers do this and compensate by stringing a few pounds higher.

    Klipper recommend that the first 2 crosses be tensioned together and I've found that this does not cause any problems. Those 2 crosses are at the head or the throat in any case and are nowhere near the hitting zone of the completed string job. I also string the first and last 2 crosses at +8 lbs to allow for loss of tension when tying knots in a 2 piece string job and that would offset any tension loss thru pulling 2 crosses as well.
     
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  8. jonolau

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    Congratulations on your first job! It is a proud achievement to take that first step of faith off the edge.

    Making mistakes is part of the process and you will learn the most from this. It will all be smooth sailing from here onwards ...

    Enjoy and strive for excellence!
     
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  9. Richie Rich

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    well, at least you didn't get to the last tie off and snap the main while trying to enlarge the grommet hole a little - like i did last week. i guess alcohol and stringing don't mix.
     
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  10. Dashbarr

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    i remember my first a few weeks back. id seen it done so many times, only took me 1.5 hours. my next will be 45 min. for sure.
     
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  11. varuscelli

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    Ahh, you must be using one of those beer cooler/stringing machines I'm doing a poll on.

    At first, it seemed like such a good idea. :p
     
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  12. wfudeac

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    I strung my first racquet today on a SP Swing, it took forever but I had to do the crosses over again after I missed a hole at the top! The worst and most tedious part is the weaving of the crosses. Can't wait to try my racquet out tomorrow and see how it plays!
     
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  13. looseswing

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    Yeah I know how you feel about the crosses. Takes me twenty minutes tops to do the mains and an hour to do crosses.
     
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  14. patrick922

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    i remember when i did my first racquet it too about 3 or so hours as well...as i had to read instructions then do it then read instructions, etc...but sooner or later you will get the hang of it and you will do it in no time. i got my time down to 40 min on my nsix-one 95 with synthetic gut, but with poly it takes about an hour or so...damn poly is like stringing wire:( :mad:
     
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  15. purespin

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    I strung my racquet yesterday with my new Klippermate for the very first time. After finishing the mains and a knot at one end, I confused myself as well and unclamped both clamps :rolleyes:
    I had to start mains over and it took 3.5 hours to finish it at 12:30am. I'm so tired but very satisfied!
    I think I will get it done in 1.5 hours next time :)
     
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  16. CoconutGT

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    I've just strung 5 racquets on my SP swing for the first time last week and here was my progress.

    These are precise estimate time:

    1st - 2 hours: 1 piece syn gut
    2nd - 1:30 min: 2 pc syn
    3rd - 1:15 min: 2 pc syn
    4th - 1:15 min: 2 pc syn with vary tension for m/x

    5th - playing racquet 1:30 min: 2 pc soft syn cross and poly main
    6th - friend's racquet 1:20 min: 2 pc syn cross and multi-fila main

    Every racquet held up very well (so far). :p

    Here's my rank of the hardest string to be strung to easiest.

    Polyester
    Multifilament
    Syn Gut

    Note: I only use the Parnell/Pro knot and starting knot for all the racquets because I can't figure out how to tie the double half-hitch knot properly. I'm satisfied nonetheless.
     
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  17. bcsax123

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    The SP swing has a manual doesnt it?
    Anyways use the OUT rule.
    Over the anchor string, under it, then through the loop that the string has made. The do it again for a double half-hitch, except make sure you go through the opposite way or else you dont tie it right.
     
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    I just got my Gamma X-2 stringer.

    It took me about 2 1/2 hours to do a Yonex R-271. I did not have the stringer pattern for it and i figure it was a 14 mains and 18 crosses. I think it took me an hour to figure out the starting knot and the double hitch knot.

    The second racket I strung last night was a Ti Radical (2 piece). It would off taken me about 1 hour but I screwed up a weave near the end. It took an additional 1/2 hour to redo the crosses.
     
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  20. andrew_b

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    Congrats on entering the world of stringing!

    If I were you, I wouldn't bother with a double half-hitch, the Parnell knot is much better IMHO and you already know how to tie a starting knot - those two are all you need.

    play well,
    Andrew
     
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  21. aussie

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    Correct me if I'm wrong guys, but I'm sure I've read a post by Richard Parnell on GSS that his knot is not ideal as a starting knot and should just be used as a tie off.

    I've used the proper starting knot at times but find it not always easy to tie (string is often uncoperative when looping 3 times around the anchor main!) and I regularly use the double half hitch as a tie off and start knot without any problems.
     
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  22. goober

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    Uh you already know that you are right so don't be so coy ;)

    remember this thread that is only two weeks old :p

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=123731&page=2
     
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  23. purespin

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    Yes, I did it in 1.5 hours for my second stringing job tonight! Last time I used Poly string and this time I used Pearl-Zone 17 from Klippermate. That kind of explains why there are such difference. But I had to re-do the main again due to some stupid mistakes :(
    I'm pretty sure I can get it done in 1 hour if there is no mistake :mrgreen:
     
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  24. andrew_b

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    That is correct, a Parnell knot "pulls" from the wrong end to be a proper starting knot. That's why I said he knows the two knots he needs. A double half-hitch suffers from the same "problem" the Parnell knot does when used as a starting knot - it pulls from the wrong end. A double half-hitch is not really a good replacement for a starting knot.

    That said, Richard has also said he's pulled directly on a Parnell knot at like 80 pounds and it's held, so it will *probably* work, but it's still not "correct".

    My personally preferred answer? No starting knots at all. Use a starting clamp, and 4 Parnell knots :)

    Play well,
    Andrew
     
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