Originally Posted by kengan
So I finished stringing my first racquet, spent the last 4 hours in my basement. Half of that were probably spent on watching videos and making mistakes starting out the main. I watched this
video of yours Irvin and got lost at 1:40, when I removed the starting clamp. The bar wouldn't go down when I removed the starting clamp, so the tension must have been already too high (or maybe I put the floating clamp too close to the frame?), even though I seemed to have done exactly what you did in that video up to that point.
At the end of it, there were just so many videos out there and they were probably too much for a beginner like me to comprehend. I decided to just skip the starting clamp method that people used and stuck with the floating clamps. I think I did okay but I do have a couple of concerns that came up. When doing crosses, I stuck with over-under-over-under for the whole string bed. I realized that if I did with crosses every time, the crosses would also alternate over-under along the mains. But when I reached the bottom, I think at the 2nd last cross, I had to go under-over in order to keep the alternating over-under crosses along the mains. And the other concern was after the last cross, how do I keep the tension from escaping? It seems almost impossible to get the floating clamp on the last 2 crosses while I tie the knot at 11B.
I think you are on the right track. Skip the videos and string your racket.
To keep from losing tension on the last cross the best thing is to get a machine with fixed clamps. Or you could get a triple clamp. You loose tension on the last string because of twisting. Two fixed clamp work better than one and if you can run in the next to last cross last you could use two clamps to clamp it to the cross above it and below it to prevent twisting.
EDIT: If you can string one piece ATW will stop a lot of that twisting. Use a short side pattern and run in the center 14 mains. Use the short side to run in the second cross but don't tension it. Use the long side to run in the third cross and tension it. While hand pulling on the second cross clamp off the third cross. Tension the fourth cross and move the clamp from third cross to clamp the 3rd and 4th. Now remove the second cross. You can now tension the short side 7th mains and remove the clamp on the 6th and 7th mains and hold the 7th main with your starting clamp. Continue stringing the 5th to the 18th cross and tie off. You will get a little tension loss on that 18th cross but not as much as you did on the 19th cross because it is closer to the string it is clamped with.
Now (after the long side is tied off) you can use the short side to string the short side outside main, the bottom cross, long side outside main, second cross, and top cross. Again you will have some tension loss on the top cross but it is isolated from the main bed of the racket so it should not be noticeable.