Do you use the clamp to hold the string to tighten the knots? Thats what I do the 8 dollar Eagnas starting clamp is perfect for tying knots. I use the super wide Alpha one to start crosses. I also Tie Parnell for everything. I odnt even remeber how to tie the other knots. I guess YULitle vids are astill out there if I need refresher I dont pull the last pull at extra tension. The main is the do the same thing for every string job. If you set 2lbs extra on the last pulls before knots, then do it everytime. I dont go though the hassle of changing tension for 4 pulls. I just make my knot tight and snug and go with it. Am I losing some tension? maybe, but as I honetly dont think it is going to affect the stringbed one way or another.