Tuck method vs. my method on climbing nets
So I've added a new product as well as a new technique to net construction that I'm pretty excited about. To explain this correctly I have to give some background on how many climbing nets are currently constructed (by the competition). Most every net manufacturer I've seen uses what I call the tuck method (as shown below)
I actually used what turned out to be a beautiful net photo above just to show where the individual ropes have been tucked using this method (if you follow the colors). The problem I've found with this method is that because every intersection where the two ropes enter and exits are at an angle - it causes the net to want to hang crooked. Also, at the edges they just tuck the entire rope into the perimeter rope, which while quick, causes a really ugly lumpy edge..
The method I figured out and have started using on all my twisted-rope nets have a ton of benefits to the end-user. I have to untwist all of the ropes, and then re-twist them while incorporating the perpindicular ropes with each other (see below)
This method is time consuming, but has so many benifits to the end result of the climbing net that it is unquestionably superior to any other method I've seen to date. It allows the nets to hang straighter, stretch evenly over time, and maintain virtually all of the strength of the individual ropes (knots decrease strength by a significant amount). I have also managed to do this all at a lower cost to the consumer...
I couldn't find any good photos of the perimeter tuck method used on these climbing nets (I can't use photos without permission) as I don't think they are very good looking, so aren't photographed a bunch.. Here is my method below.
So I use what I call a T-Splice. I weave through the perimeter rope using the individual twines and then splice back into the original rope. I think this looks much cleaner and is REALLY strong. Once I melt the ends of the rope into the splice, there is virtually no way they are coming undone -even under harsh use... I've made mistakes before and have had to undo them, and let me tell you - they are really difficult.
I'm not saying that my current methods are superior to everyone else's, but I am comfortable saying that they are superior to the competitors nets I've seen - especially when price comes in as a factor.
Hope I was able to explain this effectively!!
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