So I have a line that got snagged on a nail and slightly cut. It is still strong enough to kite on but before I fully replace it I want to know if there is a way to repair it. I was thinking wax or even sewing some dental floss through it but didn't know if anybody else had any ideas.
Hong Kong Phooey wrote:I have a slightly different problem - A very tight knot in one of the front lines.
The more I try and undo it, the more I fray the line, so I have continued to use it with the knot in it - Curious how much it reduces the strength of the line.
Try chewing on the knot with you back teeth for a while and then you should be able to loosen the knot. I saw this solution on the forum and it worked like a charm for me. This method doesn't scrape or cut your line like using a sharp object does when try to undo the knot.
Lines with cuts: Replace them immediately. If the damage is near the ends you can shorten the line, but need to match the other lines too.
If you go out with damaged lines and something happens, if someone innocent gets hurt, you get hurt, kite gets shredded, etc....you'll wish you had spent a few bucks to avoid disaster.
Even in light wind you will put a lot of load on the lines. The only line I've ever broken was in light wind (11-13 kts) with a 15m kite...I was unaware that there was a knot in the line.
Knot in line: if you use some small pliers with smooth jaws you can squeeze it back and forth and work it apart without damage. If you can then try to work a pointed instrument in between the lines and work it back and forth until it loosens. Dental instruments (a pick and hook shape) are good for this.
If you keep riding with that knot in the line it will almost surely break.
If you have to sacrifice a line you can possibly make some extensions from it, so it might not be a complete waste.
There used to be a guy on the East Coast of Florida that supplied lines, repaired lines (shortening and restitching sleeves)...I'll try to find that info.
Bottom line: Don't take any chances with lines - it's not worth it.