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Stringing the Miniplane netting

by Had Robinson

Note: If this a replacement safety net, see safety net repair on how to repair the netting.

1. To retard netting wear, put black electrical tape on the surface of the cage sticks where they contact the inside tension line of netting.  Completely remove the old netting.  You may have to drill out the rivet that holds the netting onto the upper sticks fitting.

2. Place the center of the new netting on top of the upper sticks fitting.  The center hole in the netting has the netting sown on one side.  This is the side that faces forward.  The upper rods are the ones with a bare end and the metal sleeved end.  They go into each side of the upper cage fitting.  Insert the rod in the second rod fitting hole in the netting (away from the center).  Thread the rod towards upper cage fitting.  Put a rod fitting in the first rod fitting hole in the netting and thread the rod through it.  Make sure the rod is fully seated in the upper cage fitting.  Do the same for the second rod.

3. Take the lower rod (the one with a bare end and a thicker end of fiberglass material) and thread it into the open end of the netting.  As you slip it in, put another rod fitting in the second hole and thread the lower rod through it and into the metal sleeve of the upper rod.  Make certain the rod is fully seated in the sleeve.

4. Bring down each of the rods and insert them firmly in the bottom of the frame.  The net will be read to fasten to the frame.

5. Screw in the (4) cage side sticks so that the net is on the front side of the side sticks.  Use a bit of black electrical tape to wrap around the stick joint so that it does not unscrew (it will do this when the engine is run if the rods are not secured).  DO NOT USE THREADLOCK ON THE STICK!  Attach them to the plastic rod fittings.

6. At each inside end of the cloth part of the net, a double loop of line is required.  Make a double loop with supplied line (do not cut it!) from the raised rivet on the frame to the cloth loop.  Pull the cloth loop to the hole in the frame.  Tie a knot and allow enough slack so that you can tie a second know about 1.5" away from the first knot.  This knot will help in placing the double loop over the raised rivet when assembling the net.  Do the same for the other side.

7. There are (2) rings (or a ring and a small carabiner) spaced 8" apart that need to be attached to each end of the line that goes around the inside of entire net.  Attach a ring about 14" from the end of the long piece of net line.  Attach the ring to the hook on the RIGHT side of the frame.  Thread the string to the left, through both rings attached to the netting, through the inside loops of the netting, and completely around the netting to the right side.  Put a ring on the hook on the LEFT side of the frame.  Put the line through this ring and tighten up the netting.  It should look about done.  If you make a mistake, you can loosen the knots, etc. and redo things.

8. Attach the last pair of rings (or carabiners) to the long line at each end so that they are about 7" from the rings attached to the hooks.  Wrap the end of the line that has the ring (or carabiner) attached around the line that comes from the outside end of the net to the hook.  Only wrap the line enough times to barely make the net snug.  If you make the inside line tight, it will wear much more quickly where it contacts the cage sticks (applying electrical tape at this junction will help reduce wear).  When you are done, the hooks will each have (2) rings attached or (1) ring and (1) carabiner.

9. Work the netting so that it is snug but not exceedingly tight.  You may have to adjust the knots.  Once you are certain that everything is correct (and looks correct), put some Superglue on each knot to prevent it from undoing.  That's it!  Someday I will get a video which would make it easier.

Stringing the Net on the Miniplane  Stringing the Net on the Miniplane

Stringing the Net on the Miniplane  Stringing the Net on the Miniplane