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Definition of interlocking wedge-type capping

This type of wire-rope capping is simple to apply. The sleeves are first threaded on the rope, a white metal bob is then formed on the end of the rope by untwisting the wires and cutting out the hemp core, if present, and white metal is run into a mold around the wires. The bob is allowed to cool. Two tapered interlocking steel wedges are then fitted on to the rope clear of the bob so that wedges can move forward toward the bob and grip the rope as the load is applied to the capping. The rope is cleaned of lubricant where the wedges will grip, and the groove in the wedges must be of such a size that a gap is left between the wedges so that they can grip the rope firmly. The edges of the wedges should come opposite a valley between the strands of the rope. The outer socket is now placed over the wedges and the sleeves are lightly tapped into position to hold the parts together.

Ref: Sinclair, 5
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