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Thread: Any twine that wont unravel?
01-12-2012, 06:38 PM #11
tarred is the only way to go. tie a overhand knot n the tag line. just to b sure. walmart sells 1lb spools of it. #36 is my favorite. bout 450yds for round 8 bucks.
01-12-2012, 07:39 PM #12
On larger diameter ropes (1/8" and up, I somewhat do something similar as above... I wrap some electrical tape around the spot I need to cut, and I wrap it tight. Then I take an Anvil Pruner and cut it. Flame it with a butane lighter to sear the ends, remove the electrical tape, and done. Way cheaper way to do it than buying a $300+ commercial hot knife.
01-13-2012, 04:23 PM #13
Good tip CaptLeo on using tape for big lines.
On any lb line that you will use for jugs and juglines, whether it is 70lb line for dropper loops for your hooks, to 100-125 lb line for floating jug lines, or 225 lb line for anchored juglines, all you need is a standard BIC lighter.
I like tarred. It helps with sun rotting on bank poles, it is stiffer which makes it easier to handle, hooks don't stick back in it as easy as untreated. You can get tarred braided if you look hard enough, but I haven't used it yet.
My dropper loops for hooks are standard white twisted nylon #12 72 lb line that you get at walmart. Little spool that lasts forever since you are only using it 18 to 36 inches at a time. The figure 8 knot I use at the end of the line is not too big to easily slip through a 1/0 swivel. If it gets frayed after a fish or a gar or whatever, just replace it.
One tip for flame cutting twisted line. Take a length about 2 inches or less in between your thumb and forefingers of each hand. Twist it tighter, tighten it up. Now fold it over on itself and twist both lines together. Now burn it in two. I find this helps to keep the individual strands from springing out and not getting melted together as a unit.
01-14-2012, 10:43 AM #14
Although I try to avoid having to make dropper loops or having to build/repair lines in the field or on the water, an electric cutter would be windproof. Also, an open flame is not really the best thing to have around your fuel tanks.
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Capt Leo, what is the approximate battery life and line size capacity on that Berkley hot wire line cutter?