Stringing Techniques/Machines Sticky [Consolidated]

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
Looks like with the recent reorganization, it's going to start making a lot more sense to consolidate a few of the stickies into one thread. Please reply with other suggestions that you feel should be included. These are woefully out of date at this point!

YULitle Guide to String Tools

Mansewerz's Guide to Buying Stringing Machines

Stringing Machine Photo Project

YouTube "How To" Videos

Mains/Crosses broke.. can I keep the other?

Weave your crosses faster, by Irvin


Thread on the physics of a dropweight tensioner

Starting your mains, courtesy of Irvin.

Top stringing Tips

The Parnell Loop
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
DD you may want to change the titlle of the last video to starting you MAINS not crosses. Thank you 'beernutz'

Irvin
 

GlenK

Professional
This thread is awesome. Been playing tennis for years but just got into stringing. This thread is perfect for a newbie like me.
I have a lot to learn..
 
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eliza

Guest
This thread is awesome. Been playing tennis for years but just got into stringing. This thread is perfect for a newbie like me.
I have a lot to learn..
Ditto.
Thank you all of you, I do not know whether you realize it, but your efforts are truly appreciated!!!

When you are done with this project, may I suggest you another?
There is so much fighting over methods of teaching tennis, but I think debate is positive. Why not consolidating interesting threads, saving useful info and "cleaning"the nonsense?

XOXOXO
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
Ditto.
Thank you all of you, I do not know whether you realize it, but your efforts are truly appreciated!!!

When you are done with this project, may I suggest you another?
There is so much fighting over methods of teaching tennis, but I think debate is positive. Why not consolidating interesting threads, saving useful info and "cleaning"the nonsense?

XOXOXO
I'm up for requests, I think debate is healthy, as well. Unfortunately, backers of various methods tend to fight and get personal. If you have ideas as to what you'd like to see in a sticky, feel free to e-mail me!
 

BlxTennis

Rookie
Hi Irvin,

I got a question on one of the ways to start the main with fixed clamp. You pulled both mains and then clamped down one of the mains with a fixed clamp, then you loose both tensions and hand pulled one of the main string so that the fixed clamp stay at level with the main string before pulling with the machine. My question is , can you not just clamp one of the 2 main strings and then pull it with you hand to get the fixed clamp at level and then pull 60lbs with the machine?
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
Hi Irvin,

I got a question on one of the ways to start the main with fixed clamp. You pulled both mains and then clamped down one of the mains with a fixed clamp, then you loose both tensions and hand pulled one of the main string so that the fixed clamp stay at level with the main string before pulling with the machine. My question is , can you not just clamp one of the 2 main strings and then pull it with you hand to get the fixed clamp at level and then pull 60lbs with the machine?
Hey, you should start a new thread in the subforum with specific questions to members, this post is reserved for sticky topics :)
 

eddie.tan

New User
Final racquet string tension

Can anyone advise whether the main string tension should be set higher than the cross or the other way round during stringing. Should the main string tension increase once the cross string is strung across the main. I am using the Eagnas flex 940 stringing machine and I've notice when I set the tension at 40lbs for the main string and 37lbs on the cross. Final tension I've measured on the main is 55lbs. Is there anything wrong? I hope someone can assist.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
What did you use to measure final tension?

IMO those items that measure tension are most helpful with measuring tension loss and not as good as giving final tension off the stringer.
 

Matthieu105

New User
On a stringing machine you have head an throat. If you place the head of the racket on the throat place on the stringing machine what for difference will make this?
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
On a stringing machine you have head an throat. If you place the head of the racket on the throat place on the stringing machine what for difference will make this?
On the very few stringing machines I have used, the turntable isn't partial on what side you put the head of the raquet or not.

I have limited stringing experience so I will not say there is no such machine that has a side you place only the head and throat on such sides.

If on said machine, I'd just put the head of racquet on the indicated side of the turntable. For shiz and giggles, put it the other way and see if it sits any different.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
I admire you for havng a go. But I think this community will rip holes in your technique/video. I don't think it will stay in this sticky for long, sorry.
Let them have a go, so then we other beginners can see what not to do. Criticism without validation is just white noise.
 

Perrotoro

New User
What did you use to measure final tension?

IMO those items that measure tension are most helpful with measuring tension loss and not as good as giving final tension off the stringer.
I use Racquettune and agree that subsequent tension loss can be monitored with certain confidence. But after a few hundred rackets on both Constant Pull and Lockout machines, I would argue that if your techniques are good, you should consistenlly arrive within a couple of pounds of Set Tension as measured by RT. I make a minor adjustment to my technique when I string on a Lockout and almost always get within two pounds of Set with either type of machine. Early on, I was always a measuring a little low with Lockout - maybe minus 5-7 pounds, but with the adjustment, I get consistently within 2 of Set with both types of machines.

That it takes an adjustment and that I can always get close to set with both types of machines, would lead me to believe that RT also gives reasonably accurate results of actual tension measurement when the racquet is removed from the machine. I'm curious if others agree or disagree that this relative accuracy belief is substantiated by almost always getting close to Set.

This would also sugggest to me that all stringers should measure their results to assure their clients and theirselves that they can string to within a few pounds of set. And that those that are not making adjustments with their Lockout machines are not getting as close to Set as those with Constant Pull Machines.

Thoughts?
 

esgee48

Legend
@mikeler , @diredesire , @TW Staff
The links in post #1 are not working. Haven't check until now because....maybe they need to be relinked because the thread# with the current S/W is different? Or maybe they did not convert. Or maybe the format of the link ref is different [need a title?].

I am not complaining because I can find the material/threads directly. Others may need the sticky links.
 
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TW Staff

Administrator
@esgee48 - Yes, the update messed with a lot of these links. I updated most of them, but if you know the thread titles of the mains/crosses broke and the top tips links, I can also update those. I think I got the rest of them.

Thanks,
Tiffani, TW
 

esgee48

Legend
Here is one
Mains/Crosses broke.. can I keep the other?
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/mains-crosses-breaks-can-i-keep-the-other.74551/

I need to research the Top Stringing Tips because that returned a lot of hits. Lots of 'stringing tips' but not one that is unique. I may have to go back to the Internet Archive Machine and see what the link pointed to. I suspect that it pointed to many links and if that is the case, those links may be 'broken' too.

edit: Some bad news. I looked at some of the links in 'Stickies' of other forums. Their link structure is also not right. They did not get updated with the conversion. I do not plan to touch those. To fix them, someone on staff needs to see where they pointed to via the Archive machine or reload from before the conversion onto a separate platform to scope out the correct links.
 
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jm1980

G.O.A.T.
@esgee48 - Yes, the update messed with a lot of these links. I updated most of them, but if you know the thread titles of the mains/crosses broke and the top tips links, I can also update those. I think I got the rest of them.

Thanks,
Tiffani, TW
Here is one
Mains/Crosses broke.. can I keep the other?
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/mains-crosses-breaks-can-i-keep-the-other.74551/

I need to research the Top Stringing Tips because that returned a lot of hits. Lots of 'stringing tips' but not one that is unique. I may have to go back to the Internet Archive Machine and see what the link pointed to. I suspect that it pointed to many links and if that is the case, those links may be 'broken' too.

edit: Some bad news. I looked at some of the links in 'Stickies' of other forums. Their link structure is also not right. They did not get updated with the conversion. I do not plan to touch those. To fix them, someone on staff needs to see where they pointed to via the Archive machine or reload from before the conversion onto a separate platform to scope out the correct links.
To convert the link format you just need to put the new thread ID in the right place:
Code:
Old format: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=<THREAD_ID>

New format: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/<THREAD_ID>/
For example:

Mains/Crosses broke.. can I keep the other?
The top string tips thread is here:
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/post-your-favorite-stringing-tips-here.5691/
 
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