Monday, February 21, 2011

Finger Spool: Securing the Line

Normally a double-ender is used to secure the standing end of the line to a finger spool.  This method works ok, but it can lead to the finger spool breaking because its a stiff connection.  The other method I was showed by my instructor was to thread the line through an opening in the finger spool and then clip the double-ender to the loop in the line.

Method 1: Double-ender attached to spool               Method 2: Double-ender attached to line

The method I came up with before my last trip to go cave diving is as follows.  First thread the line through the double-ender, then thread the line through one of the holes in the side of the finger spool.  Now clip the double-ender in to the loop at the end of the line.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

So why this method? 
     I like this because you can easily deploy the line from the finger spool by unclipping the rope and when you pull the double-ender away, it pulls the line from the spool.  Its not that big of a deal but it helps because sometimes the line is to tight to the spool and you have to keep picking at it.  Also if you are wearing gloves especially in cold water its nearly impossible to get the line from the spool.  When restowing the spool I usually just do it like method 2 above.  The con to this method is you have to setup your spools before the dive or if doing during the dive it takes a little longer.  I may not be the first to do it this way but have yet to see it.  I used it for a week a diving to test and it works well.

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