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Author Topic: Halo Winders and loose ends  (Read 5156 times)
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« on: July 10, 2009, 10:35 AM »

Hi everyone,

I've been working on changing my Prism D-style winders over to halo / hoop winders.  I had no problem getting the line secured around it initially (lark's head, expanded, kind of like putting a Duncan yo-yo on your finger), but I'm kind of lost as to how secure the loose end once all the line has been wound on.

What's the standard method?
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 11:41 AM »

Hard to explain, but easy to do.

Hopefully you have a loop on the end of your line which you larkshead to the kite.

Take your line and pull it through the loop, kind of like a lasso, then turn the whole thing 180 degrees and put it on the winder. You can now pull it tight with the loop on the winder.

Some people use an elastic or a strap with velcro to hold it on.

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 11:56 AM »

What Vaino said! I think there are pictures on Gary Engvall's site.

Basically, you use the knotted loop at the end to make a slip-knot loop big enough to fit over your reel. But you have to turn that loop so the line does a U-turn where it goes through the knotted loop. That way, it's easy to tighten and loosen, by pulling on the loose end at the knot. (I also put some Magic Marker or Sharpie ink on that knotted loop, to make the end easier to spot on the reel.)

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009, 03:05 PM »

Now, I was joking in another thread when I referenced duct tape - but I'm being serious here when I say I use masking tape.  I keep a roll in the kite bag as standard equipment and use little bits of it for all sorts of stuff during both setup of various kites and stowing, including securing the loose end of the flight line to the halo winder.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 03:58 PM »

Yeah, I can see how that would be hard to explain, but once I did it, I looked at it and said, "how obvious!" 

Thanks folks, that was exactly what I needed to secure those loose ends.
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2009, 10:03 PM »

What? Without Tape?  Cheesy
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