Originally Posted by SailorMitch
Sounds more complicated than it is. Also, I use about a 6-9 inch long piece of duct tape to make sure it all stays together.
You can sleeve the tape in shrink wrap tubing for an even neater job. Just lube the outside of the shrink wrap (or work it by hand so it will conform to the sheave radius) and maintain a steady pull up and around.
This job is a lot easier than losing a halyard shackle up the mast when you are alone with no steps. That can get tricky and involve all sort of Masonic-handshake-type contortions.