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parseeker


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There is one of those tags on my harness that says don't remove until sold blah blah. What is considered acceptable means of removing this tag? Can I rip it off? I'm so paranoid of jeopardizing the strength of my harness.

I also got an ATC with a biner, neither of which have been used. The biner has a tiny nick/scratch in it on the outside edge. Is this a cause for concern?

Please forgive the noob question, I know most of you are probably face palming right now, but I need to know.


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Exactly what is a "scratch"? Care to post a photo of both the tag and the "scratch"? Most likely no problem. Is the tag a problem for some reason?


parseeker


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socalclimber wrote:
Exactly what is a "scratch"? Care to post a photo of both the tag and the "scratch"? Most likely no problem. Is the tag a problem for some reason?
The tag is just one of the ones that lists the material and is meant to be removed. When on other textiles, I normally just rip them off. I'm not sure if this would damage the harness (loosen or break threads) though.

Here's a photo of the carabiner. The nick/scratch is pretty small and I had a difficult time photographing it up close.



Now that I've taken a close up picture of it, I'm finding all of these other imperfections. WhyyyyyyyyyyyUnsure? Even my paper has bumps.


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parseeker,
If you are uncomfortable, feel free to use two biners at the same time. lockers for that matter. when I started climbing we always used two biners, reversed and opposed, for belaying and rappelling.


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if he reads about Tod Skinner's death, he'll also start wearing 2 harnesses.


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socalclimber wrote:
Exactly what is a "scratch"? Care to post a photo of both the tag and the "scratch"? Most likely no problem. Is the tag a problem for some reason?

Big fish, tiny bait. Oh, well. It's happened to the best of us.


parseeker


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Haha, make it three. I fully accept the dangers of climbing, I'm just trying to do whatever I can to prevent an accident due to my lack of knowledge. Essentially, I'm asking if I should buy a new carabiner or if the mark is insignificant enough to say that my worry is irrational.


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All of your biners will look much worse after just a few days on the rock. Small nicks and scratches are normal and perfectly safe.

As for the tag, rip that thing off.


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RobAT wrote:
parseeker,
If you are uncomfortable, feel free to use two biners at the same time.

But if they both have imperfections, I don't see how that could possibly decrease the risk!


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Don't worry about it. If you saw my rack and you are really this worried, you'd run for the hills. It's fine use it.


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RobAT wrote:
parseeker,
If you are uncomfortable, feel free to use two biners at the same time. lockers for that matter. when I started climbing we always used two biners, reversed and opposed, for belaying and rappelling.


But the second biner doesn't fit into my gri-gri, no matter how much I try!

My friend tried with a Cinch, and it didn't fit, either...


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I'll just repeat what others have said just to reassure you: That little scratch is nothing. It will look like that x10 after your first day out on the rock. (if you have colored 'biners their anodized color will wear off with rope friction too) Sometimes depending on your harness (like petzls) you can tuck that tag into the belt right at the base where its sewed. or just rip the damn thing off, it aint gonna hurt.


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yer gonna die for sure!!! kidding. that lick imperfection is not a big deal at all. as everyone has already said, your gear is going to look much worse that that after a day or two of use. use it, and get comfortable with it, it will be fine. As for the tag on your harness, what size is it? If it's my size I can take it off your hands for safety's sake, cuz that tag will kill ya quick! again, kidding. just tear that sucker off and get out on some rock!


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