Proper Bridging Technique

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  1. LOBALOT

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    I do not like it when I get to the end of restringing a racquet and encounter the need to bridge to the tensioner. I keep logs on the racquets I restring so the next time I do a racquet I have enough to finish the job. However, there are times that one ends up short.

    I usually reach into the box I use for discarded string and grab a piece of string that is rough and use 2 starting clamps back-to-back to bridge with one right-side up and the other upside down and make sure to seat the strings deep in the clamps. It never fails at least a couple of times the strings slip with clamps flying this way and that as I duck out of the way.

    Aside from purchasing a hockey goalie mask to use when bridging is there something I should be doing differently?

    I am also wondering about buying some floating clamps for this purpose and if that would be better.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Like this:

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  3. Irvin

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    Buy a better starting clamp, you only need one good one for bridging. I can’t imagine even a bad one failing if used properly.
     
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  5. jhupper

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    Make sure string being pulled is centred I.e in line with eyelets to ensure max pressure after the string wrapped round is tensioned (i think) and certainly not higher than that.

    Failing that as Irvin says a better clamp. I have a few of varying quality and none have slipped so maybe your grip plates are worn out.
     
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    Are you bridging it correctly? You only need 1 string in the inside the clamp, and the string you to bridge goes around and through the holes of the starting clamp. Check the picture above. If you are doing it this way, you shouldn't have any problems with just using 1 starting clamp.
     
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  7. Irvin

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    You probably understand what you're saying but it sound weird. The short string that will not reach the tensioner is what you're bridging the way I look at it an that goes in the center of the clamp. The scrap string loops through both holes of the clamp and the ends go it the tension gripper.
     
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  8. LOBALOT

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    Well that explains that!! I wasn't even close to doing it that way.

    This looks like a much better approach.

    My clamps are fairly new so this one needs to be chalked up to my lack of understanding of how to bridge which is why I sent out the post.

    Now I know what those little holes on the side are the starting clamp are for!

    Thank you everyone for all your help!!!
     
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  9. Irvin

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    ^^LOL
     
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    Looking at this picture the string that is too short is relatively high in the clamp. I personally usually put the string much closer to the hinge. Which way is correct ? or as long as it holds does it matter?
     
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    ^^ In that picture, I suspect the scrap string was already fed through the loops prior to clamping the ‘real’ string in the starting clamp, and so rather than trying to feed it below the scrap, it sits just above.

    If it doesn’t slip, it’s good as far as I’m concerned.
     
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  12. dak95_00

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    I’ll also admit that I did it wrong for a period of time too. I forget where I saw it done properly but it was probably YouTube.

    I must’ve seen or read a technique where I was also using two starting clamps and I was tying a scrap piece of string onto the short string. It worked but was a pain working with slippery strings. It definitely made me better with knots though.
     
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  13. tennisbike

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    Not sure if this tip would help:

    Problem: Slipped bridging string through rotary clamp
    Using a drop-weight stringer with rotary clamp, I often find that one of the two ends of scrap string would slip. As more tension is pulled, the scrap string would slide through the starting clamp.

    Solution: Twist the two scrap strings
    Twist once before winding the two ends around and through the clamp. The clamp now grabs both ends together.
     
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  14. 1HBHfanatic

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    Thanks for the picture..
    I got a chance to try this multiple times this weekend, worked great every time
    ive been using this tool to tie knots mainly, and used figure eight knot for extensions
    this is soo much simpler and quicker, tnx
     
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