Splice Up Your Wire Rope
When someone says splice, you may think of the classic streets ice cream was given to you as a child during the summer holidays. Trust me, we get it. But did you know you can splice your wire rope for completely different functionality?
What is splicing?
Splicing is forming a semi-permanent joint between two separate and the same rope by partially untwisting and interweaving their strands. There are several reasons and methods for splicing your wire rope.
So, you’re wondering why you would go to the effort of unravelling you wire rope? Ever wondered how to stop your wire rope from fraying? Or realised your wire rope wasn’t long enough? Splicing could be your solution. You can even repair damaged rope when splicing.
Types of splicing:
Splicing can increase and/or change the functionality of your wire rope products and with different methods the opportunities are endless.
The first and most common form of splicing is the eye splicing. Unravelling the strands at the end of the rope and passed over and under against them and forming a loop
Back/end splicing is a technique where the strands of the end of the rope are spliced directly back into the end without forming a loop making the end of the rope about twice as thick as the rest, preventing fraying.
Then you have the side splice, which interweaves one rope’s end to the mid-section of another rope.
Wire rope splicing tools:
We would all love to be strong enough to splice our own wire rope, but you will need tools. The most common tools for splicing wire rope include:
- Wire cutters
- Metal spike with a handle for separating individual bundles and strands
- Wooden Mallet
In essence, slicing wire rope will allow you to make use of wire rope that is too short, too damaged or to form an eye.