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Terminating a single core hard wire on an insulator

The technique for a neat termination of the wire, without a loose tag end to foul rigging, and without the sharp edges of some cutting tools is best explained in a video.

Higher strength knot

The video mentions a method of achieving a higher strength knot for softer wires. The higher strength might also be appropriate to guying or fencing applications using high smooth single core high tensile wires.

Fig 1:

Fig 1 the higher strength knot. First a half hitch is taken around the standing part, and then the free part is wound tightly around the standing part and finished off as described in the video.

Taking the half hitch is made easier if the standing part is initially loose. A tight U if formed with a free end of about 400mm length to start the half hitch, the half hitch formed over the loose standing part. Strain is taken up on the standing part and the half hitch snugged up to the appropriate position, the half hitch completed and the first half turn taken on the standing part in opposite rotation to the half hitch turn. The free part is wound tightly around the standing part and finished off as described in the video.


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