Steel Cable Splicing Techniques

Updated November 21, 2016

Two ends of steel cable can be joined together using a process called splicing. Each of the cable ends are unravelled and interwoven with each other. One of several techniques are used that incorporate special tools.

Long Splice

A long splice is used to create an endless loop of steel cable, such as the type used on conveyor belts. This technique provides a strong and secure splice and is used for steel cables that are under heavy stress.

Short Splice

A short splice is very strong but increases the diameter of the steel cable. This technique can be used only when the increase in diameter does not affect its function.

Eye or Side Splice

An eye or side splice is used to create a permanent loop in the end of the steel cable. This technique also is used to splice one cable into the side of another cable.


Some tools required for splicing steel cable are a flat spike, pliers, mallet, pricker, fid and pincers. A thimble protects the wire from sharp bends during splicing and is commonly used for eye splice techniques. A marlinspike, an iron pin with one sharply pointed end, makes it easier to separate wire strands.

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