When to tie off crosses using starting clamp

Hi guys.

Quick question.

I use a starting clamp to start my crosses.

Is it okay to tie the first and last cross when you finish?

I notice that some tie off the top cross after three or four crosses have been woven.

I like to do both knots consecutively ie when I've finished weaving.

Is there an issue with this?

Cheers, Paul

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Herb

Semi-Pro
I like tying the top knot after third cross or so, but it is just personal preference. Either way is fine. I tie early just to keep the starting clamp pressure on the string to a minimum.
 

struggle

Legend
Hi guys.

Quick question.

I use a starting clamp to start my crosses.

Is it okay to tie the first and last cross when you finish?

I notice that some tie off the top cross after three or four crosses have been woven.

I like to do both knots consecutively ie when I've finished weaving.

Is there an issue with this?

Cheers, Paul

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NO, it's fine but i always re-tension the top main (i don't increase tension for knots but that's up to you),
clamp off then tie the knot.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Hi guys.

Quick question.

I use a starting clamp to start my crosses.

Is it okay to tie the first and last cross when you finish?

I notice that some tie off the top cross after three or four crosses have been woven.

I like to do both knots consecutively ie when I've finished weaving.

Is there an issue with this?

Cheers, Paul

Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
The only awkward thing to keep an eye out for is when you're not going to have much extra when you do your last cross. There might be not quite enough to reach the tensioner - this can easily happen if I'm taking lengths of string off a reel and I don't want to cut too much extra that will only be wasted. That's when you'll need that starting clamp to make a bridge to the tensioner for that last cross.

If it's looking a little close, I'll finish the top cross while I still have a few crosses at the bottom left to go. So most of my crosses are done here when I tension and tie off the top one. Then I have the starting clamp handy if I need it at the other end.
 

jim e

Legend
I start x strings by weaving 2nd cross, then weave top cross, pull both together, set anchor clamp on 2nd cross farthest from tension head, place starting clamp on outside of 2 nd cross. Now release tension ,I now pull tension on 1st cross, clamp and tie off with Parnell knot. Weave 3rd cross, now pull tension on 2nd cross, remove anchor clamp, clamp off 2nd cross and continue weaving one ahead. The when I sent this into the USRSA they published this in their magazine.
This way, it doesn't leave a starting clamp on a string outside of the frame the entire time stringing crosses.
I have strung this way for a good number of years now, so it works for me.
 
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LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I use a starting clamp. I continue down the crosses until just before it is time to flip my clamp bases around from the bases on the handle end to the bases on the head end of the racquet (roughly half way). I then re-apply knot tension on the top cross and tie off. I then rotate the clamp around catch the cross on that side, weave one ahead, rotate the other clamp, tension and tighten that, and move on. I am not sure if it gains me any time but that is what I have been doing.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
only time I worry about this, is when I need "a bridge", and my only starting clamp is holding the top cross!??!?!?,, rrrgggg
first- I say "ohh fudge!!", second - I scratch my head for a second, third- I figure a way out of the mess I got myself into.
easy!!!, 3 step process!, haaa
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I start x strings by weaving 2nd cross, then weave top cross, pull both together, set anchor clamp on 2nd cross farthest from tension head, place starting clamp on outside of 2 nd cross. Now release tension ,I now pull tension on 1st cross, clamp and tie off with Parnell knot. Weave 3rd cross, now pull tension on 2nd cross, remove anchor clamp, clamp off 2nd cross and continue weaving one ahead. The when I sent this into the USRSA they published this in their magazine.
This way, it doesn't leave a starting clamp on a string outside of the frame the entire time stringing crosses.
I have strung this way for a good number of years now, so it works for me.
Me too. IMHO its the best way to do things. Though I don't use the starting clamp as you state.
 

jim e

Legend
Me too. IMHO its the best way to do things. Though I don't use the starting clamp as you state.
Hi Shroud. Sometimes I use the starting clamp and sometimes I don't. It probably does not matter if you do or not as anchor holds just fine
Happy stringing
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Hi Shroud. Sometimes I use the starting clamp and sometimes I don't. It probably does not matter if you do or not as anchor holds just fine
Happy stringing
Yep. COnsidering my crosses are usually pulled at 86 lbs I would be the posterchild for the anchor slipping!
 

Traffic

Hall of Fame
I use a starting clamp for cross. But I'll tie off after tensioning the 3rd cross. Then I can get it out of there and have it available to me if I need to it to push through blocked holes, etc.
 
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