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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2009, 10:26 PM »

Got the other one, too. Have it bagged up and ready to go out tomorrow. Forecast is for sun and a steady 5mph wind, which sounds just about right.
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« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2009, 12:47 AM »

I've found using a length of suitable cord/line helps, I've even used the elastic that used to be used to tension edges. Slip it through the loop and use it to get a better grip. It especially helps that first time with a brand new kite and I find the method easier to manuever then grasping that short pigtail. No knots, just pull the cord out once done.

Some people have mentioned using the upper spreader to get a better grip, but that would require stretching things even further, my method adds very little additional stretching.
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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2009, 06:46 AM »

I always put together the LE's first, then put the nose on the ground (for leverage) and bend the LE (kind of like an archery bow) while pulling the tension lines to slip it over the nock. Seems to work really well for just about every kite.
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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2009, 04:27 PM »

Me too bend the LE before slipping the tensioning lines over the nock, but I use a 10 cm (4 in) long rod put between the two knots just to have more grip. I made some rods with spare parts of frames i.e. some P100/200/300 or what you have available. Also a spare LS ferrule will work.
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« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2009, 11:38 AM »

I've been doing the same thing with the rod when I have to tension it again. I think it has loosened up a bit over time, too. I no longer worry about having to break the leading edge, though I still don't do it every time I pack up.
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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2009, 10:26 AM »

thanks for the instructions. I just got my E3 as a birthday gift. after about 15 years not flying I was totally confused  Grin   So the pictures on the thread really really helped
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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2009, 02:06 PM »

Cable ties are great for tensioning LE's plus they slide out nice and easy when you have the cord in place.

You dont even need to mate the ends & waste the tie either unless its very taught.
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