How to splice a multiplait rope

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Multiplait or multi-braid rope has many purposes, and though it is not as strong or durable as a chain, it is still used to tow, secure and bind objects such as cars and boats. Splicing involves weaving a rope back in on itself to create a hole or eye in one end of the rope.

Splicing a three-braid rope is often considered a simple process, but splicing a mulitplait rope can be a bit more difficult.

Measure 30 cm of rope and tie twine tightly around the 30 cm mark.

Unravel the end of the multiplait rope with a Swedish fid until you reach the twine marker. Do not simply cut off the end of the rope, as the sealed ends will stop the strands from fraying later on when the rope is in used again.

Examine the eight strands of the rope that you have just unravelled. Four strands of rope will twist clockwise. Take those four and separate them into pairs. Hold one pair together and wrap the first colour tape, for example blue tape, around the tip of the pair. Wrap more blue tape around the second pair.

Gather the remaining four strands, which should twist counterclockwise. Separate them into pairs and wrap the second colour tape, for example yellow tape, around the tip of the first pair, then the second pair. You should have four pairs of strands wrapped in four pieces of tape.

Form the eye of the splice by twisting the rope and making a loop with it, laying out the pairs of strands so that the pairs alternate colours -- blue, then yellow, then blue, then yellow -- and lay spread out to the left of the loop. Insert the Swedish fid into the plaited rope right below the loop.

Pick up the blue pair of strands closest to the top of the loop and tuck it under the yellow pair that is closest to it. Then, pick up the yellow pair of strands furthest from the top of the loop and tuck it under the blue pair that is closes to it. Pull the weaving tight.

Flip the rope over so that the strands are spread out on the right side of the rope. Tuck the yellow pair of strands that is closest to the top of the loop under the blue pair beneath it. Tuck the blue pair of strands that is closest to the bottom of the loop under the yellow pair right below it and tighten. The strands should be split, with a yellow and blue pair on either side of the loop.

Locate the rope that is still intact beneath the loop and wedge the Swedish fid into one of the plaits there. Weave the pair of strands on the top right of the rope underneath the gap that the Swedish fid is creating. Remove the fid and move it down to the next strand, creating a gap by wedging it in. Tuck the first pair on the top left under the gap and tighten. Continue to move the fid down the rope and tuck the bottom right pair and then the bottom left pair into the gaps and tighten. Do so, splicing the braid until the entire length of the strands is woven into the rope.

Add dabs of super glue to the places in the rope where the spliced strands end and join with the rope. This will further prevent your splicing job from becoming undone or fraying.