Just a note to DIY’ers regarding white riempies – you NEVER, EVER soak them in water. That removes the preservative (magnesium sulpahte – the white powder) from the riempie and shortens its life!
The only riempie you soak in water is raw-hide riempie, which is unusable (hard) when dry. And stringing with raw-hide is a lot different than white riempie and when done wrong can break your frame. Raw-hide riempie have a lifespan of 15+ years, much longer than white riempie.
I know there are a couple of sites on the internet stating you need to soak white riempie, but you don’t. Trust me on this one.
The internet contains a wealth of information but there is also a lot of nonsense on the internet being sold for truth. Soaking white riempie is one of them. Because it is on the internet does not mean it is the truth and/or correct.
Rather get a pro with experience to do it for you.