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How to keep line on spool

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by TheHuth, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. TheHuth

    TheHuth Barracuda

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    I was at the scuba show today, and I picked up a reel with 150' of line. How does one go about preventing it from unwinding when you take in under water? Rubberband maybe?
     
  2. Mr.X

    Mr.X ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. TheHuth

    TheHuth Barracuda

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    Perfect, that'll do. Thanks.
     
  4. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

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    You should be aware that there is at least eight ways that that ball of string can kill ya underwater. Got a cutting tool?
     
  5. TheHuth

    TheHuth Barracuda

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    Yep, sure do. I have a pretty sharp knife I keep on my left thigh. But thank you for the warning. I picked this up for my SMB, so thats probably the only time I would use it. Sounds like I should find a way to keep it from unwinding unless I really need it.
     
  6. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

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    Using the double bolt snap works well. If there isn't one already, tie a knot in the line making a 1/2" loop and use the bolt snap to pull it tight and clip it through a hole in the reel.

    Get some help learning how to deploy the SMB if you can. They go off quickly and will drag you up if the reel isn't free to unwind! (We've all done that!)
     
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  7. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    This is what I do as well. Also consider that some spools are sold with too much line for the size spool. I have had to remove line on several to give me a better fit and access to the holes.
     
  8. Doby45

    Doby45 Do I have something in my teeth?

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    Spend the $20 and get you a specific line cutter to add to your toolbox. The trilobite is a well known option. I loves mine, line, straps or whatever it goes through it like butter.
     
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  9. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

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    And they fit nicely on a wrist strap for easy access...
     
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  10. Aquavelvet

    Aquavelvet Divemaster Candidate

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    That big knife on your left thigh is also known as a line trap. Line is evil.
     

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