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How and When to Change Your Yo-Yo’s String

You made it to day 7! You Rock!! Today we are going to talk about some yo-yo maintenance. When I got my first yo-yo I was probably 7 or 8 years old and thought it was the coolest toy in the world. The thing was, after playing with it for a few weeks it got a really bad knot on the axle and I couldn’t get it to sleep anymore. I assumed that meant the yo-yo was broken and I just threw it away.

That was a huge mistake on my part, yo-yo strings are replaceable! But I didn’t know that, to me once you got a knot or the string broke, that meant the yo-yo was broken and it was either time to get a new one or find another toy to play with. Yo-Yo strings can be replaced and they should be as they wear out.

This is important for many reasons. As you get better at yo-yoing you may want to invest in more expensive and fancy yo-yo’s. If you don’t replace the string on these yo-yo’s as they wear out, and the string snaps, your investment can easily go flying across the room into something expensive. Or worse, the yo-yo could go bouncing down a cement pathway, scratching it and devaluing it severely.

How to Change Your Yo-Yo’s String

  1. Unwind the yo-yo all the way to the end of the string.
  2. Pinch the string about two inches away from the yo-yo.
  3. Twist the yo-yo counterclockwise (most yo-yo string is manufactured so that it twists clockwise) which will unravel it between where you pinched the string and the axle of the yo-yo.
  4. Once the string below where you pinched and the yo-yo is fully unraveled, slide the yo-yo out of the loop.
  5. Throw away the old string, there is no point in washing the string, ┬ádoing so will make it look new but it will still be weak from how much use it has received, it’s better to get rid of it then to accidentally put it back on the yo-yo and have the string break, potentially damaging your yo-yo.
  6. Grab a new string.
  7. Pinch the string two inches from the end that doesn’t have the knot.
  8. Unravel the string like you did before.
  9. Slide the yo-yo into the loop you made by unraveling the string.
  10. Let the yo-yo hang so that the string twists back around the axle.

That’s it! That’s how you replace a yo-yo string. If you find yourself needing more yo-yo string (or your yo-yo didn’t come with spare string) send me an email and let me know, I’ll point you in the right direction!

Take care!

Mike Montgomery

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