How to Splice Hollow Braid Rope Using a Fid

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How to Splice Hollow Braid Rope Using a Fid
Hollow braided ropes are made from multiple threads woven together. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Hollow braided rope is light and easy to work with, however, the ends of the rope are prone to fraying if not properly spliced or joined together. In order to splice a rope the end of the rope must be threaded through the body of the rope, burying the ends of the rope inside the body where they can not fray and cause the rope to fall apart. With the assistance of a fid, a cone-shaped tool, the splice is an easy task and should be performed on any rope you will be using to support heavy loads.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hollow braided rope
  • Fid, same size as rope diameter
  • Knife

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  1. 1

    Insert the end of the rope you will be splicing into the large end of the fid.

  2. 2

    Pick a spot on the rope to insert the fid, at least 10 inches from the end of the rope, then grip the rope on either side of this point and press together to create an opening in the braid.

  3. 3

    Insert the narrow end of the fid through the opening created and inside the hollow rope.

  4. 4

    Push the fid through the interior of the rope for 8 inches then open the rope as you did to get the fid inside to force it out. You may need to loosen the braid throughout the 8 inch push to make the fid easier to slide through.

  5. 5

    Remove the end of the rope from the fid.

  6. 6

    Slide the outer rope, the section the core has been passed inside, back along the loop until it fully covers the looped section.

  7. 7

    Cut off the excess core that is emerging from the exit point of the splice, then pull the cut end back inside the hollow section.

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