Step #1: Measure from the end of the rope one full fid length (or 21 times the diameter) and place a wrap of twine around the rope at this point and tie tightly (a double overhand knot would suffice).
Step #2: Tape each of the 6 strand pairs together, and un-lay strands back to the twine. Label strand pairs 1 through 6 as shown in photo. (Fig. 2)
Step #3: Setup strands 1, 2 and 3 on one side of the chain link with the remaining strands on the other side. Pass strands through the link from opposite sides in an alternating fashion. First pass strand 1 through the link in one direction, then pass strand 6 through the link in the opposite direction, then strand 2 in the same direction as strand 1 and strand 5 in the same direction as strand 6, and the same with strands 3 and 4.
Step #4: Perform Initial Strand Tuck.
5. … Strand pairs #4 and #6 are to be tucked under strand pairs that turn in the same direction as the one used for the #2 strand pair. Strand pair #5 is to be tucked under a strand pair that turns in the same direction as the ones used for #1 and #3 strand pairs. Pull all strand pairs snug. (Fig. 4)
Step #5: The method for the next series of strand tucks is to go over a strand pair then under a strand pair. In this splice, when you go over a strand pair you need to follow the braid of the rope (as shown). Essentially you are doubling up the braid from two strands to four. Perform a total of 2 tucks with all of the strands.
Step# 6: Perform Taper.
4. Finally, tuck two (2) strands one last time (1 “S” Twist and 1 “Z” Twist) (Fig. 6)
5. Remove the rod that was used as a spacer
Note: The direction of twist in a yarn or strand is called “S’ or “Z” twist.
Step #7: Finish the splice by using a hot knife and trimming strands to a length equal to the ropes diameter.
Note: The stubs will be drawn into the rope once it is loaded up and as such can be trimmed shorter after it has been loaded.