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Tail of the scorpion

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Just removed a stubborn brass nock from the bow string. I notice that there is a gap in the serving. What are my options? Scrap the string and replace? or re-serve the gap?
Would it be worth it to get into string making and get server, thread, jig etc. I have seen it done but it looks like rocket science with splicing , strand counts etc. Please help. Thanks[redface]

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The best repair is to reserve the string.  Servers are nice and speed up the process but are not necessary.  you can re-serve the string with just a spool of serving material by hand.  You can also make a very cheap server.  I have a fancy server I bought but my favorite is one I made out of a metal protection plate, to cover wiring within a stud wall before drywall is installed, a bolt, washers and a wing nut.

You can also just tie on a nock point over the gap with serving thread.

A last and not as good a repair is just to work the serving thread down with your fingernail to fill in the gap.

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I agree with OS.  

Get yourself some serving ( take note.. there are different size ( thickness) servings) and reserve the string if the rest appears to be in good condition.  I do it all the time.  

It will help you get that much more into this sport by making / fixing your own.  

I have done plenty by hand, or I have done even more with a serving doohicky.  Just go slow and try to keep the pressure kinda even.  

There are videos on line to show how to do it ( pay attention to the end of the process, how to end it), and.... it is NOT tough.  You can do it !

Three Rivers has free instruction videos on their site, one of which is building a string ( both endless loop and Flemish twist).  That should include serving the string.

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Thanks to both of you! It occurred to me that I can move the separated portion of the serving down. and tie on a new nock set with serving (Brownell #4) . Is locltite or gorilla glue ok to
cement knot? 

I am working with the standard default Dacron bow string that came with my HH bow. Any difference between the "endless" string and Flemish string? I love Dacron despite its slowness and stretch/creep. Its the way I remember archery from way back.

I would like very much to get into being more of DIY when it comes to archery. I already make my own arrows(not very good) but for stumping they work fine. Thanks again. 

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Keep an eye on it after you do your fix. There is a reason it separated this first time.

There is a world of difference between the two string types, not that one is "better" than the other, but they are different.

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Locktite is fine to lock down your nock point.
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I built my own flemish string jig and started making my own strings. It's not hard at all, however, it might be easier to by the jig than make one. And I use super glue for holding knots.
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I started making strings too recently. String board is pretty easy if you have basic tools. Most difficult part was figuring distance from end of bundle to start making the end loop. It will be different depending on size of loop desired. Made excel spreadsheet to figure it. Now all strings come out perfect length with less than one twist per inch which I think is ideal. Also I'm using Teflon tape or dental floss under serving to tweek the nock fit.
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Reserving is the way to go. It is not hard to do.

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