Originally Posted by roozter
I did a few before I thought of it.
kbutton1 - A couple of tie wraps through the thimble and around the rope will hold it in place while you work. If you don't already have a marlin spike, get one, it will make it soooo much easier. Other things will work but it really needs to have a taper. This is the classic right tool for the job, especially on large rope. You can pick them up pretty cheap I think.