You're having a bad day stringing when....

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  1. Radical Shot

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    1. You're doing a one-piece ATW pattern and you go to thread the last cross and realize you're on the wrong side!
    2. You're about to string the last few crosses and realize that you've measured the string too short
    3. You tension a string and......the string snaps!...and it's gut!
    4. You tension a string and.....your frame snaps!
    5. You tension a string and.....your stringing machine snaps!
    6. Any of the last 3 occur and it's not your stuff.
    7. You mis-weave a cross
    8. You mount the frame off-centre and start stringing, only to realize that your mains aren't looking very straight!
    9. Someone gives you a vintage 22x26 pattern frame and asks to string it with 15g Wilson Enduro
    10. Your starting knot...doesn't
    C'mon guys, chip in. Let's hear what you've got!
     
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  2. Gmedlo

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    11. You finish stringing your racquet at 2 A.M....... you wake up to find that you didn't weave a single cross.
     
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  3. Voltron

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    12. You have to string an O3 Red with 15 gauge kevlar.....only to find out that you can't physically get the kevlar through the tie-off holes
     
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  4. tennispro11

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    13. You just get done playing a three hour tennis match in 100 degree heat and you come home to realize that you forgot to string 3 Head LM Prestige's with Pro Red Code 15g the day before.
     
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  5. Gmedlo

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    14. A customer wants you to string full .065" weed wacker line in a woodie :p
    15. You call Eagnas customer service.
     
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  6. ThePro101

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    16. You take a freshly strung racquet off the machine, and then someone else notices that you never tied-off...
     
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  7. Radical Shot

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    17. Your cupboard is full of tennis racquet covers and string dampeners...
     
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  8. Radical Shot

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    18. Marat Safin calls you up and asks you to be his personal stringer.
     
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  9. jonolau

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    19. You're stringing halfway and drop your awl ... which lands tip down on your foot. (happened to me twice!)

    20. You're reaching for the pliers in the tray when your diagonal cutters are facing up. (Dang! Just happened to me yesterday and thankfully I've had my tetanus booster this year and had some plasters handy.)
     
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  10. jonolau

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    21. You've just finished stringing a hybrid with strings your customer provided and you recall that he'd asked you to string the poly on the cross instead.
     
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  11. jonolau

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    22. You're using a pathfinder awl and when you pull it out, all you're left holding is only the handle.
     
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  12. Radical Shot

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    23. You're pulling a knot tight with your long-nose pliers and the string snaps and you end up stabbing yourself in the chest. (Happened to me once)
     
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  13. dowjones

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    24. Your spill your homebrew on the crosses :sad:
     
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  14. mucat

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    25. You finished string the racket 3 am in the morning. After close examination, you notice your string job is wrong, so you proceed to cut the string to redo the whole thing again. After the string is cut, further examination concluded that your previous examination was wrong...
     
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  15. jonolau

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    Come by my place, I've got some freshly brewed English Bitter on the tap. ;)
     
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  16. Ljubicic for number1

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    26. You just finish stringing your main stick 1 hour before a important match and whilst watching TV you grab the side cutters to trim up the knot tails, you hear a loud pop and look down to see you have cut the main instead of the tail!!!!!
     
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  17. keithchircop

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    27. You have to string Gamma Ruff (1.55mm)
     
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  18. jelle v

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    :grin: Happened to me too once.. luckily I always do a 2 part stringing job. Man did I get angry and man did I wonder why on earth I wanted to tie the knot so tightely.
     
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  19. hoons

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    28. when you jam your new awl in a tight hole and it comes out bent. Those things need to be made out of titanium or something
     
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  20. Radical Shot

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    29. You forget to adjust the tension setting between racquets and turn a grannystick into a trampoline! ;-)
     
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  21. <3Tennis

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    30. You tip your stringer over and everything comes crashing down. (only once)
     
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  22. User Name

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    HaHa funny, its awful, cause ive done this. ^^^ reffering to the full weed whacker set up^^^

    31.) You pull a racquet off mounting and realize that your ipod headphones were tensioned under a main to the frame.
     
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  23. mucat

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    I was just taking a sip of my hot chocolate...can you come and clean my monitor, please :D
     
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  24. tbini87

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    you cant get the string into a grommet covered by another string, so you use your awl to move it and end up cutting the string in half.

    you get to your last cross and realize you didn't give yourself enough string, so you have to pull out all the weaves and start over with a longer piece of string!
     
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  25. netman

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    Done that. It will make a grown man cry.
     
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  26. VGP

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    Wow, that sucks.
     
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  27. netman

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    You put the racquet on the stringer and lightly tighten the hold downs. You'll tighten them down completely when you start stringing. Get distracted and start stringing later. Suddenly realize that the frame looks distorted. This happens right as it cracks.
     
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  28. SuperFrogFighter

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    I got a new stringer a few weeks ago. I took off work early when it arrived and was excited to go string my first racket. I had already watched the videos and researched for weeks so had some idea what I was doing. Well start my first racket 45 minutes the mains are done and I am feeling good! Well I am almost done with the crosses and I realize I have an extra hole. I begin counting and realize that I mounted the racket uneven so the entire string job was messed up.

    I cut mains and take the crosses out and start again.

    I am rolling along the second time. Took my time and counted the holes and know everything is good. I tie the mains and start on the crosses. Well I am almost done and notice that the bottom few strings are not straight across, I skipped the third freakin hole on the crosses! I unweave the crosses and restring them. As I am tying the last knot one of the mains pop, I had tightened my clamps to much and they left little cuts in the string.

    I need a break and luckily have a softball double header that night. I go play and come back determined to finish one racket. An hour later I had strung my first racket and was feeling good....until I hit with it the next day. The ball was all over the place and it was the only racket I had.

    2 weeks later I can string a racket in 45 minutes with a Super Stringer and they feel great. Still only comfortable stringing for my friends and family for now, I know they wont be mad or make fun of me if I mess up.
     
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  29. iplaybetter

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    when you do a full poly job and don't have enough string to get to the tie off
    the outside knot hast popped yet:-D :-D
    also while most seem feasible, who pops the stringer!!!!!!
     
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  30. steebo

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    When you break a string in the middle of a game, get a fresh one, then during the changeover, after making the first cut with your pliers on the broken one, realize the racquet is your opponents, who is taking another excessive bathroom break. After the awkward silence when he came back, it was such a relief to hear, "My stringer sucks! I can't believe this happened again!"
     
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  31. onkystomper

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    When you are giving a Sp1n Fan String patterened racquet with no string patterns and cut the strings out before you check what you are doing!!
     
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  32. tbini87

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    i might have thrown my stringer out the window... but glad you stuck with it and are improving now!
     
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  33. Steve Huff

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    You pull tension on one of the mains and notice that the grommet looks split. As you bend down for a closer look, the string snaps, hits you in the face and leaves you bleeding.
     
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  34. dancraig

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    *You try to remove the racquet from the machine and find you have strung the racquet to the machine.
    *You pick up the "next" racquet and snip a couple of strings. Then you realize that it is the racquet you just finished stringing.
    *You get half way through the mains and, as the frame starts to look a little round, you realize you didn't tighten down the mounting.
     
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  35. Skycat

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    Bwahahahaha
    This thread is sooooo funny!!

    Gee.. I wish I had a stringing machine myself!:)
     
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  36. Radical Shot

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    * You run out of beer half-way through a stringing job
     
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  37. stevekim8

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    when you are done weaving the second to the last cross, and have one more cross left, and you decide the cut the part of the string off to make it shorter for convenience. then you realize when you weave it through the last cross, you don't have enough length to reach the tensioner
     
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  38. shojun25

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    when the starting knot pops out of the grommet.

    when your at the last mains and the string can't reach the tensioner (in a dropweight machine).

    when you finished your mains (with gamma professional) then got started with the crosses. after finishing with the crosses (with nxt), you go back to trim the excess string from the knots and hears a loud noise. bye bye mains :(

    when you incorrectly measure out the string you need.

    (all these happened to me)
     
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  39. mrHan

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    you can use your starting clamp to fix this problem
     
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  40. shojun25

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    i dont have a starting clamp. im thinking of getting one though... but i think that the price is outrageous ($30).
     
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  41. baselinerT

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    32.Finish mounting the raquet on your tabletop machine and it falls over breaking the machine and cracking the raquet.(Luckily it was something like a Wilson Hammer xp or something like that)


    *it was a crank machine.
     
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  42. mrHan

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    Trust me, it is well worth it.
     
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  43. Radical Shot

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    AAArrrhhggg. Just did this and totally destroyed the frame of a Head S4.

    I was reaching over to grab the cutters and didn't notice that the string had looped around my leg. As I reached, the whole machine tipped over and snapped the frame almost in two. Big dent in the side of the machine also.

    What an expensive string job for me!
     
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  44. sk8ing

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    33. when your done stringing and go to take your racquet of the stringer u notice you strung the racquet to the machine.( friend did this LOL)
     
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  45. Max Winther

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    lol 17 months old.
     
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  46. Tombhoneb

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    ^^ awesome thread though.

    Couldn't find my normal pliers so i used some old crap ones that came free. I was tightening the last knot, the pliers slipped off the string and next thing i know i have my pliers right through my lip into my mouth making a nice hole. OOPS!!
     
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  47. Pro Staff Pete

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    Happened to me once.. not happy :)
     
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  48. Radical Shot

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    A similar thing happened to me also. I was pulling the string with the pliers to tighten the knot towards my chest, the string snapped and the next thing I knew I had a pair of pliers stuck in my chest - right over my heart! It was only a shallow puncture, but it sure freaked my wife out when I turned around and showed her. I was stringing without a shirt on, and it was quite a sight!

    That was a close call. From now on, I use a Parnell knot to start and finish with, and I don't use pliers to tighten it. You can tighten these by hand.
     
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  49. Jsa2u

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    winner!!!!!!:)
     
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  50. diredesire

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    I have a really, really sharp tipped pair of flush cutters. I dropped them onto my foot, looked like a vampire bat had struck! Luckily I was stringing on a very low coffee table :)

    Me too, try the face! Right next to my mouth, It didn't even bleed, which was really bizarre to me. There was a hole which i could split open, but no blood...

    This one got me laughing, at work ;P

    Yikes, I've had string snaps hit me in the hand, I would have freaked out if one hit me on the face. (Can you guys imagine what woudl happen if you got hit in the eye???)

    I've witnessed a friend string a frame and tension a string around the mounting post, stringing it onto the machine!

    The worst I've seen was someone mounting the frame one grommet off (diagonally). The weirdest part was the centering red dot (at the tip) was off center! He was going by the guide dot and didn't check! (for reference, it was a paint jobbed 6.1 classic stretch (euro version) at a big tournament)!

    The worst "bad day" event that happened to me was stringing a super easy frame (wilson n6.1 16x18) with NXT and I misweaved on a cross and didn't notice (this rarely, rarely happens to me). I didn't have a replacement set, and it was at the national indoors tournament (D1). I had strung a full day's worth of full poly in dense patterns, etc, and then I made a really dumb mistake on a really, really easy racquet :(
     
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