What to do when the final tie off is super blocked?!!

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  1. Mansewerz

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    I was string a prince ozone one OS racquet. I get all the way through, i'm at the last tie off, and the string will not go in.

    I cut at an angle numerous times. I used a razor blade to cut it very narrow and angled. It would not go through.


    Every time the string would just strip from the needle nose pliers. What do you do in this situation?
     
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  2. ag200boy

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    give up on the bottom cross and improvise a tie off hole :D


    if its a customers racquet, keep trying or start over i guess
     
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  3. Mansewerz

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    I even backtracked to try and fit a scrap piece of string in the tie off for later. No luck. And since it's a prince racquet, the tie off is marked, and the racquet's crosses have to be strung starting from a particular side, otherwise it doesn't work.

    I ended up having to tie off on the O port. I tried every other hole there was. the string PSGD (obviously not a very delicate string like a multi) just kept on stripping.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    I string my own O-port Royal Prince rackets with PSGD . Here is what I figured out that works great. Do not tension the first cross when starting your crosses. Weave 1 ahead until you get the 2nd cross through the conflict hole. This way, you only have to get the string past one tensioned string versus two. After this, you can tension both crosses or just use the weave ahead method.

    Do the same thing at the bottom of your racket. Do not tension the 2nd to last cross until you weave your last cross and get it through the tie-off (conflict) hole. Again, you only have to pass by one tensionsed string versus two. Once I figured out this trick, getting the string through those conflict holes went from a 10 minute job to a 1 minute job. Try it, I hope it works for you.
     
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  5. Mansewerz

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    Jeez, I feel like such an idiot. I tried this method. I removed tension from the last two crosses, tried placing a scrap piece of string in the tie off hole with the 2nd to last cross, but even then the hole would not hold more than one string.

    And since this was a Ozone frame, it didn't have conventional grommets for me to enlarge.
     
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  6. mikeler

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    After a number of stringings, I've used my awl to widen those holes to a point where it is much easier. Basically, I've used the awl to chip away at a tiny portion of the frame itself around the hole. Can you post a pic of the racket?
     
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  7. Jackie T. Stephens

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    Are those rackets easy to string?
     
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  8. william7gr

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    All racquets with O ports are a pain to string
     
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  9. Jackie T. Stephens

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    Do they have directions to show you how to string that thing?
     
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  10. Bash and Crash

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    hmmm, sounds rough, when the hole is that tight, I usually just work myawl in there carefully and get it in deep to compress the other string enough to slide through the tie-off string, and use those needle nose to keep the string firm..
     
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  11. Jackie T. Stephens

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    He tried that already.
     
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  12. Mansewerz

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    They're easy with a brake but blocked grommets are a major, common issue.
     
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  13. Bash and Crash

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    cool sorry, I didn't see where he tried to cram his awl in there, hope he figures it out
     
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  14. Bash and Crash

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    they're not that bad, get mine done in about 20-25min..just throw your hip into it..
     
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  15. dancraig

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    When all else fails, and you have to use an awl, insert it gently into the blocked hole. Leave it there for a few seconds, to allow an opening to be created. While the awl is still in, place the end of your sharpened string right up next to where the awl enters the hole. As you slowly extract the awl, insert the string tip. This will allow the string to occupy the space the awl is vacating. Almost always works for me.
     
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  16. Bash and Crash

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    know that procedure all too well
     
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  17. howy

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    Use a Pathfinder Guiding Awl, that helps.
     
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  18. mikeler

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    DanCraig's technique always works for me too. You do have to throw your hip into the first few O-ports but after that, the stringing is not that bad. You save time by not having to guide the string through a hole. Somebody else also mentioned using pliers to push the string through the conflict hole. I do that quite a bit as well.
     
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  19. themitchmann

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    Also, if you get only a little of the string through, parallel pliers are a life saver. I got a couple of back frames this summer (Ozone Tours) and I ended up cutting out the entire job and sending the racquet back to Prince (which they replaced without hesitation). Of course, these were new racquets.
     
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  20. Lefty78

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    Use a pathfinder awl (like howy said), and if necessary insert it into the hole BEFORE stringing the last few crosses.
     
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  21. Bud

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    Use another hole to tie-off on or use a pathfinder awl.
     
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  22. Lefty78

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    Have to add that I had never used a pathfinder awl until relatively recently, and it is worth it's weight in gold if you string a lot of frames or just difficult patterns. WAY easier than dancraig's method, no offense. I've tried that too.
     
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  23. diredesire

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    Try a scrap piece of poly. They're more useful than you'd think ;)

    Once you're able to cram it through, take both sides of the string in your hand and wiggle it around (like an awl) like a madman!
     
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  24. Irvin

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    Sounds like you are trying to use a soft multi string to put in that hole. When I do that 'conflict hole' I try to pull the second cross out of the hole about 6" or more. There is a main string blocking the 9T hole so I try to make sure the last cross end in on the same side of the main as the second to last cross. With slack on the second cross (outside the racket) I try to push both strings through the 9T hole at the same time while pulling gently on the second to last cross from inside the racket.

    Irvin
     
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