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Lines

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:14 am
by Ogre
Since some little scroats nicked my lines I need to replace them.
Last lot came with the kites so I just attached and flew.
What do I need to get, same weight? 85ft?
If I new where to start making my own I'd get line from the FA shop...but I don't have a clue.
Any experienced Rev flyers got any idea?

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:44 am
by Andy S
It's worth learning how to sleeve your own lines, and not difficult. The sleeving kits we sell come with instructions, but it's simple. You put the tool (which is a loop of wire) through the sleeving, thread the end of the line through the tool a little way and then pull it back through. Smooth out the sleeving so it's taut, fold the sleeved portion of line in half and tie a figure-8 knot in the loop. Then tie an overhand knot in the loose end and (optional) melt the very end a little with a fag lighter, or the gas hob (make sure the missus doesn't see.)

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:10 am
by Gary Matthews
Ogre, try and start with lines longer than 85FT because that does not give you an awfull lot of sky to start practising a Rev........we normally fly from 100-125ft lines.....if you buy 120 pound line, that will see you for most wind conditions. We use up to 150Ib in the really windy days, 25mph plus with a vented or teabag Rev.
And as low as 85Lb for light wind 3-5 mph...hope this helps ya!!

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:54 pm
by Ogre
So top & bottom lines are same weight? Not like on my Firebee4 where they are different breaking strains (I suppose bottom brake lines need not be as strong as the top control lines but on a Rev there are no brake lines only 4 control lines)

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:51 pm
by Gary Matthews
All lines same strength......and length!!!

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:01 pm
by Stone in Shoe Bob
Ogre wrote:
So top & bottom lines are same weight?


Yes and Andy is right it is easy but you need patience getting them all equal length. I did my first set a few weeks ago and Gary gave me a great tip.

Make up one line the desired length and use that as the master to check the length of the others against.

Don’t pull them tight to compare the length, you will never get equal tension on both lines.

With the lines staked at one end, go to the other end hold two lines together and let them hang under their own weight, look down the length and compare the bow then adjust until the lines bow equally.

Choose a calm day and allow yourself enough time to do a good job and it will be time well spent.

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:03 pm
by Andy S
I actually really enjoy the process, especially on a nice day with no wind, when you really feel like doing something kite-related. Very therapeutic.

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:16 pm
by Play365
Don’t pull them tight to compare the length, you will never get equal tension on both lines.




I allways pull em tight it's the only way !!! :D

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:26 pm
by Stone in Shoe Bob
Play365 wrote:
Don’t pull them tight to compare the length, you will never get equal tension on both lines.




I allways pull em tight it's the only way !!! :D



Two of my mentors disagree what can I say?

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:30 pm
by Andy S
Stone in Shoe Bob wrote:
Play365 wrote:
Don’t pull them tight to compare the length, you will never get equal tension on both lines.




I allways pull em tight it's the only way !!! :D



Two of my mentors disagree what can I say?


Pull one tight and leave the other slack.

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:43 pm
by David Ellison
Got to be tight to get 'em right :cool:

When they're balanced, remember to alternate top and bottom so that they get equal stretch.

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:53 pm
by woody65
We use 80lb normally and 50lb for light winds
Never needed 150lb

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:56 pm
by Play365
We use 80lb normally and 50lb for light winds
Never needed 150lb


Quite :D :D and allways tight :D :D

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:28 pm
by Stone in Shoe Bob
Okay just to settle the argument the first set I did was Climax Profiline it’s the one that was purple but now comes florescent yellow, you can see it, I used the slack method it worked fine.

I have just done a light weight set Climax Protec It’s a sort of Strawberry Mivi pink anything over about 5 ft away and it’s invisible can’t see for shit, so had to use the tight method.

So you could say this time I’m sitting on the fence.

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:08 pm
by Play365
Mind you dont get splinters :D :D :D