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Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,844 Mega Baller
edited July 2012 in Technique & Theory
Hey all - looking to fix my MasterLine rope which has a knot in it about 7 feet from the handle. Any tricks to getting this out? I have never been able to get a knot out of a ski rope, and thought you folks would have a good idea! Thanks!


  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,528 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Dish soap. Wrap the knot in a cloth and lightly tap with a rubber mallet.
    Shut up and ski
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,426 Crazy Baller
    Get it wet and pound it gently with a smooth faced hammer while rolling the knot. That can help loosen up the knot enough to get it undone.......sometimes.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,844 Mega Baller
    Thanks for the suggestions!
  • DWDW Posts: 2,115 Mega Baller
    You might check the rope for lenght prior to going through the effort to make sure it won't go out of tolerance.
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 672 Crazy Baller
    DW the knot has to come out it. It will weaken the rope and cause it to break at that point.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,844 Mega Baller
    Used the rag and hammer method with some water. Worked like a charm! Thanks!!
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,586 Mega Baller
    You really only need the hammer and something real solid to hammer against. I did that at a tournament a while back and I was really surprised that most people had never seen that and were wondering what the F I was doing. They were even more surprised when it worked.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • DWDW Posts: 2,115 Mega Baller
    Dave, that comment surprises me, there are several knots in all the ropes I look at and certainly the handle also has one. The hammer technique would certainly impart significant stress on the strands of rope, but it seems to work and leave a fixed rope afterwards.
  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
    General rule of thumb is that a simple knot will weaken the rope by approximately 50%. The problem is the outside of the rope is under a higher tension than the inside of the rope so it's taking all of the load. For the wakeboarders or intermediate slalom skiers, this isn't really a big concern but for those guys getting into shortline and running faster speeds, it can be pretty serious.

    As for the argument of rope handles and rope section ends are knotted... The rope is doubled and spliced back into itself so 50% of double is still full strength.
  • PBDPBD Posts: 190 Baller
    I've yet to come across a knot that can't be undone with a marlin spike.
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