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when i first read sheldon's "respace/redish" article i was still confused. actually, the first ten times i read it i was still confused.
it took a friend working with me for me to really understand what it meant.
hands on all the way.
the axle stays the same length, you just rearrange the spacers (or washers) from one side of the axle to the other until you get the hub in the right spot. it helps to have a bowl of washers and spacers of differing widths that you can use, trial-and-error fashion.
after you get the hub in the right spot, you have to work on getting the rim in the right spot.
if the rim needs to move to the right, loosen the spokes on the left a half-turn and then tighten the ones on the right a half-turn. check it, and if it still needs to come over, do it again.
the closer you get to it being correctly dished, only make quarter turns, and then half-quarter (?!) turns.
and then you'll feel amazing because you made it.
[edit: i just realized that re-spacing a wheel is alot like balancing an equation in algebra. the hub is the equal sign. x+1=y. solve for x!]