Finally, push out the bunched-up section of rope and it will cover up the rope that had been covered in tape. Because the dead rope end is inside the rope that runs back to the winch, it will be held firmly in place. A small length of nylon thread across the repair will add insurance against the tail pulling out. One last reminder: Knots are bad for winch ropes. They don't work as repairs, and care should be taken to keep them from forming in the line or else breakage will be imminent.