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Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Irvin, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Irvin

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    Your next to the last cross barely goes past the gripper.
     
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  2. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    You're stringing a 16x19 with an ATW pattern and your 17th cross is opposite your bottom cross.
     
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  3. coachrick

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    Ouch...it's been a while, but that IS a crummy feeling. :(
     
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  4. dak95_00

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    One of the Wilson Ncode Tour 95 racquets does this to me because I use the Klipper page for string lengths and does not allow enough string for the crosses. Terrible, terrible feeling. Just terrible (in my best Charles Barkley voice).
     
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  5. AELTC

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    ...you can't unmount the racket because you've strung it to your machine.
     
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  6. bugeyed

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    Have strung the racquet to the machine by going through the spring on the top mounting C-clamp on a Winn machine. At least it is possible to cut the spring & save the job. Happened to a friend on Guillermo Vilas' racquet. Vilas was there to pick it up when it happened. Luckily Vilas was distracted long enough to extract the spring!

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    ...when weaving the crosses is just too easy, then you realize you are mis-weaving it. Although this is an easy problem to fix.
     
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  8. diredesire

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    When you tie off on a main, only to find that the other side doesn't tie off on the same hole... :confused:

    (Didn't happen to me, but it turns out the center/mounting dot was mis-painted on a frame! At the ITA indoors tournament, no less.)
     
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  9. coachrick

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    I actually watched a guy do this on an early Ektelon('76 or so). He was chatting away to a few friends in the pro shop and I couldn't figure out how to tell him without the others seeing his mistake. I ended up being called to the court before he finished and I never heard how it turned out when he tried to remove the racket from the machine. Bummer.

    Another time, a fellow was going to stencil a Head Edge for his 'lady friend' and proudly placed the racket on a safe surface and began to stencil the strings UPSIDE DOWN. For such a simple mistake, it sure made for a strange looking racket :) .
     
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  10. Wikky

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    You're stringing your first Exo3 racquet and you go by the regular rule of 3 sets of holes at the bottom means start at the bottom.... and tear right through the throat piece.

    I didn't do it.... but it was my racquet. Luckily still stringable and playable.
     
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  11. Irvin

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    ... No matter how high you adjust you lockout your can't get a tension reading over 60 lbs.
     
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  12. Irvin

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    ... You keep tightening the screw on the back of the gripper and the string keeps slipping.
     
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    ...you're doing your first natty gut job, tying the final knot, and snap

    EDIT: Or you are tying the final knot with pliers and when you pull to tie your first half hitch snap and there is about 1" of string left for the remaining knot.
     
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  14. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    ...you can't get the string in the bottom tie off hole on a Prince racket and there is no grommet. You decide to open up a path with your awl and you hear a cracking sound.
     
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  15. MAX PLY

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    . . . you let someone else string your racquet for the first time in 25 years and all of this stuff happens when they are stringing your frame!:twisted:
     
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  16. esgee48

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    This has happened to me several times.

    You receive a racquet from a customer who complains that the racquet is not playing properly. You look at it, then tell him/her it's cracked. :twisted:
     
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    got both of those t-shirts......
     
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  18. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    It's worse when you're doing gut. You keep rotating the crank but it doesn't "lock".

    So you think to yourself, "wow this is one elastic gut, there's so much give!"

    Only to realize the clamp isn't gripping the gut, and in the process of pulling the string, the clamp strips away at the gut.

    Unclamp and restart stringing, but by than the gut is already weakened and it snaps on the next pull. :evil:
     
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  19. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Under-counting the crosses from a reel

    You know that feeling when you've weaved half of the crosses, and the left-over string is suspiciously shorter than usual...
     
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  20. monkey-ranch

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    ...when you put the wrong stencil.

    ...when you string a prince O3 with 1 piece without checking where the short side is and realize you got it wrong.

    ...electricity goes out and you have an electronic machine.

    ...when the customer cuts you the string from their reel and its like 10 feet short.
     
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  21. Irvin

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    A customer calls and is playing in the city finals this weekend. Wants new grommets and strings but you don't have grommet in stock. You order the grommet and it comes in on Friday you call the customer and they bring over the racket late but still need it back tomorrow. No problem you remove the grommets but they are so old and in such bad shape you destroy them taking them out. You start to put in the first grommet and they don't line up.

    This one actually happened to me I received OS grommets instead of MP grommets. Lucky for me I had access to another indentical racket. Now I always line up the grommets next to the frame before I ever cut the first string.
     
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  22. SkiDog2k3

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    You know something is wrong when you go to pick up your Pro Staff 6.0 original from your stringer and get handed a shiny new wilson Triad.... You know somthing is extremely wrong when you tell them it's the wrong racquet, and you get nothing but a dumb stare back. Incidently, this is why I got into stringing my own racquets.

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  23. Wikky

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    on the last one I just had a customer who came in with a k88 and wanted it strung specifically 2 piece with MSV focus. He cut it from the reel and told me he was sure it was exactly 40 feet.... It was at least 55.

    Told him to bring in the reel from now on so I can cut it out. Defnitely not complaining but i felt bad for the guy since he said he's cut that amount 3 times before, probably wasted almost 2 sets.
     
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  24. diredesire

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    I think this is silly, too, but people are really paranoid about stringers stealing string from them. I often get 40+' sets, or someone who is really stingy (I have a long distance to the gripper). I understand their POV, but developing a relationship as early as possible and developing some trust helps both parties ;)
     
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  25. esgee48

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    Whoa! The KPS 88 only requires about 34 feet. Well, at least MSV Focus is relatively inexpensive.
     
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  26. drakulie

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    You finish stringing a frame, put it aside so you could stencil it, and one of the shop workers comes without your knowledge and mistakenly cuts the string out. :shock:

    This has happened to me at the shop, and at a tournament.
     
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  27. diredesire

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    I tend to physically separate my stuff, and we generally do most of the cutting out at once, but this has happened to a colleague of mine before :) We always joke about it now. When someone cuts an unbroken string job we yell out and go "OH NO WHAT ARE YOU DOI-..."

    Gets a rise every time ;)
     
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  28. pvaudio

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    :lol: :lol: TRULY the most frustrating thing.
     
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    This post wins the thread. :D
     
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  30. Dreamcastin

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    ive done the break the string pulling the knot and now have to tie said knot with an inch of string. Also once I got to hamfisted trying to pull the last main "a little tighter" on the short side and snapped the dang string. Luckily I still had enough string to do the job. Natty gut by the way. 1 of my first ever string jobs realized I had a misweave at one of the bottom crosses when I was almost done.:cry: these experencies sure have made me more cautious now.
     
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  31. Irvin

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    ... Mom comes to pick up her son's rackets for his match in an hour and you don't have them.

    Mom comes running up to the door 30 minutes later with the rackets and asks, "How fast can you have them ready?" Luckily the courts were not far away, I had one done in about 15 minutes while she waited, and delivered the other just as he was finishing the first game.
     
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  32. SkiDog2k3

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    LOL, Irvin to the rescue! I bet you are that mom's hero.
     
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  34. coachrick

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    ONCE(only), on a particularly busy day, I cut the strings out of a racket that was needing...you guessed it...only a new grip. :(

    Racket had original strings at least 5 years old...guy took two days to decide what kind of string he wanted! You would have thought he won the lottery .
     
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  35. SkiDog2k3

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    I did eventually get my Pro Staff back... love that racquet... good for singles.
     
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  36. Irvin

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    ... you're in a hurry stringing a LM MP Radical and you skipped 8t and 10t and you just can get the tie off string in 9t. Dah!
     
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  37. Radicalized

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    You need the stated "40 feet" (hopefully more not to "jump") of
    "stiffer" poly and the set is barely over 39 feet. "Drats!"
     
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  38. Irvin

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    You're really know something is going to be wrong when you break out an awl to open up that grommet just a tad so the tie off fits in the hole. No I didn't go that far.
     
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  39. Radicalized

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    You give "a business" the official written instructions for the racquet as you can't do it yourself this time, and you get it back one-piece (should be two) with the grommet strips now indented in the wrong places. Also, the knots are poorly trimmed single half-hitches.
     
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  40. struggle

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    Oops, just got lazy and started O3 crosses on the wrong side. Made it to the first Oport before I realized it.

    I know better. I'll have another beer.....and get er done.
     
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