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the splice & the plait looser than
they would be when finished. When
pulled tight the splice shortens &
swells to a greater diameter than
that of the rope
Many authorities draw no distinc-
tion between a plait & a splice &
do not direct that the strands should
be carried in a line with the centre
of the rope. Owing to the damage
& strain to the strands caused by the
marline spike in passing them straight
along it is probably better, and is
certainly easier, to make a good firm plait.
The term Short Splice is applied to
a ^served splice in which each set of ends
is carried over & under only once (in-
stead of twice, as here directed1;) to an
^unsewed splice in which one set is carried
twice and the other only once (figs 4a,
4b. p153.;)2 and to the splice3 above de-

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