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scribed. ^though without service. However far it were continued
in the same manner it would still
be termed a Short Splice. The degree
of strength varies with the number of
times the ends are taken over & under,
and therefore when it is said that
a short splice is weak, it is necessary
to inquire what kind of short splice
is meant, whether the ends have been
whipped, whether service is employed,
& so forth. It is best to regard service as
protective rather than as a source of strength.
Uses: To join ropes or ends of the
same rope (as in making strops) when
it is not required that the rope so
spliced should run through a block or
eye, since a short splice, being greater
than the rope in diameter, would chafe
or jam.
Characteristics: This splice may have
any degree of strength, but weakens if

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