Just as motorists will eventually be forced to confront changing a flat tire, aquatics directors, coaches, and even team parents will likely be involved with a lane rope restringing project.
There can be many reasons to restring. Replacing a damaged lane float, replacing old or failed lane divider cable, and adding a 15 meter resurfacing marker and other regulation lane markings for training or competitions are just some likelihoods that require restringing.
Rushing this project causes a mess. Loose floats quickly become disorganized, leading to recounting, or configuration mistakes.
No matter the reason, you’ll need to take care of it quickly. Taking a pool lane divider out of service can delay swim meets, eat up swim practice time, and irritate aquatic center patrons.
Aquatics programs can delay restringing by purchasing backup lanes for interim use, and this is an excellent short term solution. But using a backup is like driving on a spare tire: when your spare fails, you’re in hot water.
The following advice is the quickest and easiest method I’ve ever used for restringing lanes. Enough preamble – let’s get on with it.
join the replacement cable end to the old cable end at your cut point, using a carefully tight and tidy (to avoid snags) double wrap of packing tape.
make your float replacements,
, rejoin cable ends with tape,
and continue to pull the new cable through your lane.
All done – that was easy!
Have any tricks to share? We’d love to hear from you.
If you have any questions we can answer – let me know.
Robin Spencer Kiefer