In a SHORT SPLICE, the ends of a line are joined together or the ends of two different lines are joined, causing an increase in the diameter of the line for a short  distance.  This  splice  should  NOT  be  used where the increase in the diameter of the line would affect operation. One purpose for which you may find the short  splice  especially  useful  is  in  making endless slings. It is also used for making straps. Slings and straps are made of pieces of line with their own ends short-spliced  together.  Where possible, a short  splice, rather than a long splice, should be used. The reason  is that the short splice requires less line and can be fashioned  quicker  than the  long splice.

In making a short splice, unlay both ends of the linesa bout seven turns (fig. 4-25, view 1) and put a temporary whipping  on  each  of  the  loose  strands. The next step involves “marrying” the ends together. In marrying, the technique  is  to  interlace  the  loose strands of one line with the loose strands of the other line. When  this  is completed  properly,  each  loose strand should be between the two loose strands of the other line.  With the strands  in  this  manner,  start making the tucks, following  the  principle  of  “over  one and under one” (view 2). One side of the splice car be made with three tucks, and then the other side will be  made identically. Three  complete  tucks  of  each