Like all outdoor accessories, wind chimes will weather over time. They can also become tangled and damaged, and may eventually need cord replacement. So what’s the best option for restringing wind chimes yourself? While the task might seem simple at first, there are many complex calculations that go into the construction of a wind chime, all of which affect its tone and sound quality. We’ll walk you through some tips & ideas for how to restring a wind chime.
Where can I find replacement string for my wind chime?
Since manufacturers typically don’t make their wind chime string available for customers to purchase, polyester fiber is commonly suggested as a suitable replacement for wind chime string. This is because synthetic string is less likely to fray from the weight and wear on the tubes and will not rot or become weakened by exposure to the elements. Archery supply stores carry string that is rated for greater than 100 lbs. of force, which is more than enough to handle the weight of even our heaviest chimes. Fishing line is a cheaper, more easily accessible alternative, just be sure you choose a string rated for a higher load.
How do I repair my wind chime?
Once you have chosen the best string for your wind chimes, the difficult task of getting it tied securely – and at the right length – begins. The majority of wind chimes are hung in a balanced formation, where the top of the tubes are at an equal height. A large portion of wind chime cord replacement will be measuring, mixed with a little trial and error. As you work on your wind chime repair, you should tie the string with a temporary knot that can be easily removed in case it happens to be fastened at the wrong length.
At this point you will want to test the striker on the tubes to hear the tones being made. Adjustments may need to happen if the sound seems off. Once you are comfortable with the sound after your repair, simply secure the knot so that it will not slip.
Place a dab of strong glue on the new knots you tie. This will help prevent the knots from unraveling or fraying in the wind over time.
How can I protect wind chimes from being damaged again?
Prevention is the best answer to some problems, and the high occurrence of string-related questions leads us to believe that a few precautions are in order. Although many of our chimes have been tested thoroughly in high winds, it is always best to protect them from damaging winds and severe weather. For instance, if severe weather is in the forecast for your area, be cautious and place your chimes indoors away from harm.
Proper hanging placement is another way that you can save time and money spent on replacement. Do not hang your chime in an area where it will be hit by doors or come into contact with other hard surfaces on extreme or erratic swings. Wind chime hooks help give the chime extra clearance and thus increase the likelihood that it will avoid damage.
Can I safely hang chimes from a tree?
Hanging wind chimes from a tree branch is a great way to increase the natural appeal of your favorite outdoor area, just take some extra precautions in order to protect both the chimes and your trees. Select a branch that will not move too far in any direction when the wind blows at higher speeds. Also, make sure that the wind chime is not concealed in any leaves or smaller branches. Ducking under a low-hanging branch only to run into a metal chime is no fun.
From the beautiful tones of Woodstock chimes to the beauty of Capiz shells, there are so many popular styles of wind chimes to decorate your outdoor area. Keep them looking and sounding great with these tips for restringing, maintaining, and caring for your chimes. Looking to add more wind chimes to your collection? Check out our selection of top-rated wind chimes to see some customer favorites.
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