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Finally marl it over & serve over with 167
sprangum.
In making this splice, take great
care to preserve the lay in the strands
used to replace others. They must be
handled carefully & if they swell on
being unlaid at the commencement, they
must be slightly twisted while being
laid up again to bring them to their
natural condition. This splice is very
easy to make if this is attended to
and if the ^rule about replacing (p.163) is observed. [  ?] of using 6 to replace
2 is avoided at the outset. (In A.
p. [ space for page #] this mistake is committed & hopeless
confusion results.)
When complete no part
of the splice should be greater ^or less than
the circumference of the rope.
No advantage is gained by unlaying
a fathom of rope. It wastes rope,
gives practically no additional strength,
& unless the strands are perfectly relaid
is likely to multiply chances of weakness.
The theoretical weakness^deterioration as parted by a lone
splice is 1/8 the strength of the [  ??] unspliced

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