Attaching bulk line to a hoop
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appleb:
What's the best way to attach bulk line to an empty hoop?

I'm thinking of making a loop and then a larkshead to attach the line to the hoop (imagine the pigtail being the hoop).  Would this be okay or is there a better way?

In terms of the final knot strength, does it matter how large I make the initial loop with the overhand knot?




MtnFlyer:
The method you mention is the easiest, though a slip knot is easy and would work fine, too.

The knot strength is not a factor in that you should never get to the end while you're flying. The friction of the loops on the hoop will offset the pull of the kite. Of course if you're not hand-flying the kite, the anchor will be taking the pull.
chilese:
Make sure when you wind in the line that the hoop isn't getting

compressed by a taut line wrapped around it.

Many wraps around a reel can cause the hoop to split if the line
is under strong tension.  :o
MtnFlyer:
Quote from: chilese on May 17, 2013, 03:47 PM

Make sure when you wind in the line that the hoop isn't getting

compressed by a taut line wrapped around it.

Many wraps around a reel can cause the hoop to split if the line
is under strong tension.  :o


John makes a good point. I almost always bring my SLKs down first then wind in the line around the hoop. Otherwise I pull it in and, for each arm reach, wind the slack around the hoop.
tcope:
Also, the line should come off the spool in the same way it was wound. Otherwise there will be twists in the line. But this usually is not a big deal.
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