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  • AlanS111 commented on cammers's instructable Really quick wire rope eye-splice.3 years ago
    Really quick wire rope eye-splice.

    This splice is a version of the "Flemish Reduced Eye splice" intended for use on a winch drum. The reduced size enables it to pass through heel blocks and gin blocks on a ship's derricks. Caution! The splice is unsafe unless it has at least 3 to 4 turns on the winch drum, it is not intended to have the full load applied to the splice, nor is it intended or approved for use in "running rigging" where rotation of the wire rope may occur. It has been used extensively in the logging industry, out of sight of safety inspectors.I am an 80 year old former Able Seaman, and qualified Port of Melbourne Rigger/ Wire Splicer, with comprehensive experience in splicing wire ropes used in the Ports large wharf cranes and slipways. I have never used a Flemish Eye because of the...

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    This splice is a version of the "Flemish Reduced Eye splice" intended for use on a winch drum. The reduced size enables it to pass through heel blocks and gin blocks on a ship's derricks. Caution! The splice is unsafe unless it has at least 3 to 4 turns on the winch drum, it is not intended to have the full load applied to the splice, nor is it intended or approved for use in "running rigging" where rotation of the wire rope may occur. It has been used extensively in the logging industry, out of sight of safety inspectors.I am an 80 year old former Able Seaman, and qualified Port of Melbourne Rigger/ Wire Splicer, with comprehensive experience in splicing wire ropes used in the Ports large wharf cranes and slipways. I have never used a Flemish Eye because of the safety issues. There is an alternative splice which I used but this would be outside the capabilities of an untrained person. I would advise the novice to use at least three bulldog grips, but first make sure the saddles are placed on the live standing part and the u-bolts on the cut end, to avoid distortion of the main load bearing part of the wire.Be aware that a wire rope becomes a dangerous flail when it breaks and can kill or severely maim nearby workers. Warreen

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