FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:
How to make rope ends anti-fray
Most high temperature and heat resistant plain ropes (those without binders) will fray when cut and then fray more as they are handled. One way to make them not fray is to add a binder - but for some applications the use of a binder is not appropriate (usually due to the lowered temperature limit of the rope or the smoke-off effects when heated.
To make ropes anti-fray as much as possible, there are some other options:
1) Tie a knot and then cut the rope on the "other" side of the knot.
2) Tape the rope at a desired cut location with masking tape, duct tape, aluminum foil tape, silicone self fusing tape or another tape
of your choice - then cut the rope half way in the width of the tape. The rope then has a ring of tape at the end as an anti-fray.
3) Slide heat shrink tubing over the rope. Heat the heat shrink - after it has shrunk cut the rope halfway in the width
of the heat-shrink tubing.
4) Use two free-end band clamps close together and cut the rope between the clamp locations.
5) Add a dab of some epoxy glue, instant glue, silicone rubber rtv or other suitable adhesive/sealant to the rope and work it into
the strands. When the glue is dried, cut the rope with side-cutters in the middle of the glue spot.
6) Spray the rope with hairspray at the area where you want to cut it. When the hairspray sets, cut the rope in the middle
of the sprayed area.
7) Cut a short piece of rope from the rope, and un-bundle the yarns. Use one of the yarns as a tie cord around the rope.
Cut the rope on the "other" side of the tie-cord location.
8) Use a metallic hog-ring clamped around the rope, and cut the rope on the "other" side of the ring.
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