Cutting the cable tie of prepackaged strings?


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I bought some strings recently and they all came tied with a cable tie. Do you cut the cable tie carefully without cutting the string or do you just slide out the string under the cable tie? If I cut the cable tie carefully, the string gets tangled easily and I would spend almost 5 minutes to detangle it. If I slide the string under the cable tie, it takes a long time to open the string. What is the right way to open the packaged string?
For two piece jobs I pull out the nominal 20’. When I’m ready to do the crosses I cut the cable tie as it’s then much looser so you don’t have much risk of damaging the string.

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What I do is to use a pair of cutters to cut the tie in line with the string coil, so there's minimal chance of nicking or cutting the string itself. I then slip the coil of string over a wooden dowel, hold down one end with a weight on the floor, and uncoil the string by walking and letting the coil spin on the dowel. From there, I do whatever I need to do (i.e., cut it to the right length, prestretch it, or insert it into the frame the correct length for the short side).


I just form a loop with my index finger and thumb around the strings (like the ok sign), cut the cable tie carefully, then just wiggle it around and slowly let the string relax between my fingers. One the string is relaxed, you can do whatever with it and it wouldn't really tangle. I've tossed it around like a frisbee or chakram, but what I usually do is toss it around some sort of dowel like thing (e.g. one of the stringing machine mounting arms) then pull the amount I need for mains (for 2 piece) and just go from there.


You put a rolling pin or wooden dowel thru the coiled strings (which you remove from the package). This is to prevent the strings from becoming a mess when you snip/break the cable tie.

The cable tie junction is that part where the cable loops thru the locking block, which keeps the string from unraveling. Hold the cable tie junction so that it is facing up. Use a plier to grab the junction. Now twist back and forth a few times and the plastic cable will break. This is how I generally prepare pre packaged strings for use.


ditto on the needle nose pliers just twist the square part of the tie and it will come off. If you are even thinking of using monogut zx don't you dare cut the thin part going around the strings. As careful and you think you are being, one nick and zx is toast.


both 12m and reel string is coiled, meaning it is wound around its axis, so that's your first worry when starting.

when you clip the plastic ties, I have a large nail clipper, but you can use string (wire) cutters etc. then you keep holding the whole string in your hand and only uncoil the first third or maybe half of it by letting it free from your fingers and then you go over that free string, starting from your hand (holding the rest still wound/coiled) and you'll see that the free string is uncoiling, spinning around its axis. only when you've done that you can work with it normally.

then you can do the same with the rest, but it's smarter and much easier to just clip the string where you need to, and have the needed length (half) for the mains. the other half, still coiled, I usually just throw, it's usually easy to uncoil only 6m of string.

string in a reel is also coiled, so I put the reel on a screwdriver and pull the string, while the reel is slowly spinning, and that uncoils it.

fuzz nation

I pull one of the ends of the coiled string back out through the cable tie so that there's a little open space underneath the tie. Then I can snip the tie using my wire cutters at that spot (where there's a little empty space underneath it) without needing to worry about the tips of my cutters nicking the string.

It never occurred to me to just twist the locking section of the tie to break it off, but I might just start doing that all the time.


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I use a KAI/MEHAZ 668 toenail clipper myself(well, on myself I use a Seki clipper, but that's another thread). I use it on my strings because the thing is such a monster I am afraid to use it on myself.