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Splicing a Three Strand Rope

Updated on May 26, 2014

Three Strand Rope Splice

Lay out the broken rope
Lay out the broken rope
Use a sharp knife to cut the ends smooth.
Use a sharp knife to cut the ends smooth.
Untwist 4 inches of rope.
Untwist 4 inches of rope.
Butt the ends together. Put the strands between each other.
Butt the ends together. Put the strands between each other.
Select a strand of the first rope, untwist the second and put the first strand over the one to it's left and under the next one.
Select a strand of the first rope, untwist the second and put the first strand over the one to it's left and under the next one.
Do the next strand the same way.
Do the next strand the same way.
Finish all 3 rope strands around once then star again.
Finish all 3 rope strands around once then star again.
Keep splicing till the strands are all tucked in as far up the second rope as possible.
Keep splicing till the strands are all tucked in as far up the second rope as possible.
If you have extra strands, keep tucking them in till the strands are all spliced.
If you have extra strands, keep tucking them in till the strands are all spliced.
Tuck the last strand in.
Tuck the last strand in.
Once complete...
Once complete...
Pull the rope tight to secure the strands.
Pull the rope tight to secure the strands.
Start on the second rope and splice the strands up the length of the first rope.
Start on the second rope and splice the strands up the length of the first rope.
When you finish tucking the three strand all the way around, start on the next row.
When you finish tucking the three strand all the way around, start on the next row.
Complete the splice to the ends of the strands.
Complete the splice to the ends of the strands.
Wrap the ends of the strands with duct tape.
Wrap the ends of the strands with duct tape.
The completed splice will be as strong as or stronger than the original rope.
The completed splice will be as strong as or stronger than the original rope.

Splicing a Three Strand Rope

Splicing a 3 strand rope is a skill cowboys, Boy Scouts and sailors have known for centuries. Not very many people know how any more.  The picture sequence at the right shows how to do a simple braded splice.  Remember to make the strands go over and under. Go over the strand to the left and then under the next strand to the left.  Go around the rope one strand at a time and add new rows till you run out of loose strands.  Then flip the rope around and use the strands from the second rope to splice it to the first one. Use wrapped cord or duct tape to secure the loose ends and the splice will be stronger than the original rope. 

The first time you do it, you'll be amazed at how cool the splice looks. You may be forgiven if you make gorilla noises and beat you chest a little.

Tom King

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