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Heat Shrink Line Splice

I am making some new dock lines with 3 strand nylon, I am going to splice eyes on them, I was wondering about finishing the splice by using heat shrink on them, is it a special kind of heat shrink? or same as electrical stuff? Should I cover the entire splice or just where the ends are tucked in.
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I would do a proper whipping first. The whipping will physically interconnect the different lays of line together. Then using a layer of heat shrink tubing over the whipping makes sense as it will give it a great deal of chafe protection. The adhesive lined heat shrink tubing is probably better than the standard stuff, since the standard stuff can move on a rope, given enough force. However, be aware that the area covered by the heat shrink tubing, adhesive lined or not, will be very stiff and that may cause some problems.
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I like to just cut off the three strands leaving about 1/4 inch, then melt them down flush with the main line. They can't pull through or unravel.
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