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I've got a 60m Maxim 10.2 rope. It's been pretty lightly used, but I just found a little spot that's got some threads sticking out. This spot is maybe 5ft from one end of the rope. Would it be acceptable and, most importantly, safe, to cut and seal the rope at that point to remove the weak spot?

The rest of the rope seems to be in fine condition (I checked pretty carefully after finding that one spot.) I'm not sure I want to drop another few hundred $ on a new rope yet, but then again, I want to stay alive.

Thanks for any input.

(also, I recently saw a sweet red white and blue rope at a comp. any idea who makes these?)

-Jack
Jack Hughes
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That's what I thought, but I can't seem to find it anywhere...? Jack Hughes
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Jul 9, 2013
Jack Hughes wrote:
I've got a 60m Maxim 10.2 rope. It's been pretty lightly used, but I just found a little spot that's got some threads sticking out. This spot is maybe 5ft from one end of the rope. Would it be acceptable and, most importantly, safe, to cut and seal the rope at that point to remove the weak spot? The rest of the rope seems to be in fine condition (I checked pretty carefully after finding that one spot.) I'm not sure I want to drop another few hundred $ on a new rope yet, but then again, I want to stay alive. Thanks for any input. (also, I recently saw a sweet red white and blue rope at a comp. any idea who makes these?) -Jack

You don't even need to cut it off if there is no core showing. Either push the threads back in or trim them off and you can keep using it as long as the core isn't exposed. A little athletic tape can also cover it up
redlude97
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Are the threads from the sheath sticking out or the core inside (white)? If its just the sheath you should be fine as long as it is not big enough to be able to see the white. If you can see the white just cut that end off; its only 4 feet.

Edit: Redlude beat me to it.
ChaseLeoncini
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Jul 9, 2013
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I had to cut about 6 feet off my 70m rope awhile back because of a similar sounding scenario (except the core was exposed in my case). I took it to the local gear shop and had them cut it with the hot knife. To answer your question; yes that would be perfectly fine and safe. No need to buy a new rope or anything, just keep in mind your rope is slightly less than 60m when rappelling routes.

Edit: Like stated above, If the core isn't exposed you'll be fine. You should expect to see many little areas like this on your rope over time; deeming you work it a lot.
Jonathan Dull
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Jul 9, 2013
thanks for the quick and awesome responses guys. The core isn't really showing, but it looks like it's ALMOST showing, so I think I'll cut it off just in case.

-jack
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Cutting a rope is no big deal. Often the end 5-10 ft abrade working a route, so cut it. Sounds like the rest of the rope has a lot of life left. Save your money. Be careful if you have a center mark. If you cut one end, the mark is no longer true. Pat Cooper
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