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briansuntrax
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Get a knot out of kite lines

Postby briansuntrax » Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:16 pm

One of our instructors came up with the following tip to get a knot out of a kite line and today one of our demo Parks came back with a very tight figure of 8 knot on one flying line, so I though this was a good opportunity to try his tip.
Tools needed: 2 x paperclips and 2 x pliers.
Started by spraying the knot with silicone (wetsuit) spray and then gently tapping the knot on wood base with a small hammer to loosen a bit.
Then worked a paperclip into each side of the knot - this took patience and about 15 minutes.
Once the paper clips were in place, a couple of tugs on both clips with pliers and voila knot loose.
In the pic the knot looks quite loose but I can assure you it was the usual super tight when I started.
Not sure how it will work on a single knot.
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Re: Get a knot out of kite lines

Postby g0nz0 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:23 pm

Just keep tapping it and rotating the knot as you tap it and it will loosen enough to undo with fingernails.

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Re: Get a knot out of kite lines

Postby jbdc » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:00 pm

Indeed, a smooth surface, a hammer and some water-based lubricant is probably the least destructive way to get a knot out or your lines. As g0nz0 says, just keep rotating the knot and tapping it with the hammer. It takes a matter of seconds.

But hey, whatever works. :)

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Re: Get a knot out of kite lines

Postby peterheirman » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:17 pm

Chew on the knot.
It will make the knot wet.
It will move the fibers
In the end the knot will loosen


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