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Nicholas Meadors
(nickoli)

Locale: Teh Front Range
Melting the ends of IronWire on 05/07/2012 15:40:54 MDT Print View

So I've been using the Dyneema IronWire for a little bit now, but I'm having trouble melting the ends to avoid fraying like with traditional materials.

Anyone have any insight on how to avoid frayed ends on cut Dyneema IronWire specificially? I'm thinking maybe a butane lighter? Or is heat not the necessary tool...

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Melting the ends of IronWire on 05/07/2012 15:42:49 MDT Print View

Yeah, I just use a Bic lighter to melt the ends. Works fine.

Nicholas Meadors
(nickoli)

Locale: Teh Front Range
Re: Melting the ends of IronWire on 05/07/2012 16:04:09 MDT Print View

Interesting. When I use a regular flame, the end just sort of swells, but never turns into that hard plastic that I'm looking for to seal the end.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Melting the ends of IronWire on 05/07/2012 16:11:07 MDT Print View

Yeah, funny stuff. You should try using a hot surface instead. A hot plate (smell!) or a soldering iron.

Cheers

Steve B
(geokite) - F

Locale: Southern California
Superglue on 05/07/2012 16:14:16 MDT Print View

When I cut ends of 1/8" spectra for kitesurfing needs, I first apply liquid super glue to where I'm going to cut. Then, after it dries, I cut it with a razor blade.

Spectra doesn't bead up like nylon does, the fibers shrink faster than it can melt.

Steve

Lee Fitler
(tdilf) - F
Backsplice on 05/07/2012 16:17:37 MDT Print View

Put a backsplice in the end.

Nicholas Meadors
(nickoli)

Locale: Teh Front Range
Re: Superglue on 05/07/2012 17:14:17 MDT Print View

Glorious idea. Superglue it is. Thanks guys!

Chad "Stick" Poindexter
(Stick) - F

Locale: Wet & Humid Southeast....
Re: Melting the ends of IronWire on 05/07/2012 17:38:32 MDT Print View

From what I remember, I have not had any trouble just using a lighter to melt the ends too. It has been a while since I have had to cut any though since I cut it all up and applied it when I got it...I keep the remainder for "emergencies" but have yet to need to use it for anything.

I like the superglue idea though.

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Melting the ends of IronWire on 05/07/2012 19:49:52 MDT Print View

Heat shrink tubing works on most cord.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Superglue on 05/07/2012 20:58:31 MDT Print View

It melts funny for me too. I like that super glue idea.