Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Splice

As I write, the Lenawee Express haul rope is being spliced. There are only a few people around the country that do this kind of work. Today, Justin Knight from Knight Equipment Company of Missouri is here leading the splice process. He is a third generation rope splicer. For years we worked with Justin's Dad, RJ. Their company was founded by RJ's Dad, Aubrey, in 1945.

The splice itself is about 150 feet long. The process takes almost 20 people working together at the direction of the Splicer. While slow and tedious, it is an amazingly cool process. By the end of tomorrow, the splice should be complete with the haul rope resting on all the sheave assemblies on each tower.