How do you get string off a reel???

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
guys, I need help! I just bought a reel of string and cut open the reel. Now I have 620’ of birds nest all over my living room floor! Why do manufacturers even offer reels? This is going to take at least 365 days to unravel! Anyone who claims they can do it in less time is a LIAR!
 

gmatheis

Hall of Fame
You don't cut open a reel, it should have an end stuck through a little hole in the plastic, just pull that end out of the little hole and it comes off the reel opposite the way it went on.

If you lose the tip it can be a pain , but with a little patience you can find it again.

Just make sure when you cut from the reel to put that tip back through a hole in the plastic so you don't lose it again.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
So here’s what I would do-if you’re married or have a significant other-find one end and have your partner find the other-each of you put the end in your mouth and Lady and the Tramp that $hhhhh.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
So here’s what I would do-if you’re married or have a significant other-find one end and have your partner find the other-each of you put the end in your mouth and Lady and the Tramp that $hhhhh.
I’m not following. Can you provide step-by-step instructions with pictures on how this would work???
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
You don't cut open a reel, it should have an end stuck through a little hole in the plastic, just pull that end out of the little hole and it comes off the reel opposite the way it went on.

If you lose the tip it can be a pain , but with a little patience you can find it again.

Just make sure when you cut from the reel to put that tip back through a hole in the plastic so you don't lose it again.
You’re not being very helpful! ;)

See this thread. :D
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/how-do-you-unravel-a-pack-of-strings.613516/
 
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mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
You don't cut open a reel, it should have an end stuck through a little hole in the plastic, just pull that end out of the little hole and it comes off the reel opposite the way it went on.

If you lose the tip it can be a pain , but with a little patience you can find it again.

Just make sure when you cut from the reel to put that tip back through a hole in the plastic so you don't lose it again.
For my 2nd reel, I tried what you said and it worked. Except I managed to lose the tip into the reel! So I had to cut apart the packaging again! Now I have 1240’ of a birds nest in my living room! Gonna take 730 days to unravel. Anyone who claims it can be done in less time is a LIAR! :D
 

esgee48

Legend
[/sarcasm] Next time duct tape the tip to the outside to the reel's package, your 3rd reel. Send the birds nests to the dump. Or give it to the cat to play with. [/end sarcasm]

If this were to REALLY happen to me, I would try to find one end and attach that to a spool for fishing line. Then start winding the string. Or start winding the loose string into 40' packs - zip ties/cable ties. Would need to have a bottle of beer handy or at least some good scotch. Fortunately, I do leave about 12 inches extra pulled thru the hole and taped down.
 

oscar b

New User
So here’s what I would do-if you’re married or have a significant other-find one end and have your partner find the other-each of you put the end in your mouth and Lady and the Tramp that $hhhhh.
that's the best..

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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I’m not following. Can you provide step-by-step instructions with pictures on how this would work???
There are two ends of the string one on the outside of the reel and another on the inside. I cut one of my reels open the first time I started buying it and had a hell of a time until I realized the inside end was much easier to unravel.
 

tennytive

Professional
I truly had this happen to me. Attempting to untangle it just made it worse. I asked TW what to do and they said send it back for a replacement reel. The second was perfect.
 

Znak

Professional
Aww, cmon guys, let's not make this like high school :rolleyes:

Having said that, if this happened to me, I might take a soup can, drill a hole small enough to catch the end of the string and just wind it around the can manually.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Aww, cmon guys, let's not make this like high school :rolleyes:

Having said that, if this happened to me, I might take a soup can, drill a hole small enough to catch the end of the string and just wind it around the can manually.
Now that’s some ingenuity and creative problem solving! I like the idea! :)
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Aww, cmon guys, let's not make this like high school :rolleyes:
@TimeToPlaySets is like a virus. First he infected the tips and instruction board with his bad attitude. Like a virus, he and his bad attitude spread to other areas like the racquets board, then the strings. And now he’s infecting the stringing techniques/stringing machines board. If this virus is not contained and quarantined, all of the boards on this forum will become infected! :D
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
I would just box the whole mess up and send it back to the seller. Claim a refund on the basis that you received it that way ;)

Seriously though, if this did happen to me, I would simply cut the nest up into 6 meter lengths. I only do two piece stringing so that solution would work fine for me.
 
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