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by merl
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?
Replies: 15
Views: 3812

Re: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?

I did the same with strips out of XPS. It keeps 99% of the water out, it adds almost zero weight and you can always get them out, rinse the inside of the strut with fresh water and put them back in. I really can not see why they are not doing it... Greetings, Jaros :thumb: I'd be interested to see ...
by merl
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?
Replies: 15
Views: 3812

Re: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?

I was referring to what I found on the forum, in particular advice from Zeeko not to try to seal the mast. I think the problem might (mainly) be with foam and with inflexible materials. Eventually water gets in and is hard to get out. http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=196&t=2395014&p=960547&h...
by merl
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?
Replies: 15
Views: 3812

Sealing alu strut - still a no-no?

Saw an old thread about sealing alu masts, and the consensus seemed to be that it is a bad idea.

Any new thinking on this?
by merl
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?
Replies: 760
Views: 119397

Re: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?

So more in the interests of weight saving, rather than chicken loop bye bye, a carbon bar rather than the current heavy alloy offerings from the major manufacturers. Best used to do them but I guess cost and ease of manufacture has stopped the idea. The question is, does the bar need a hole in it f...
by merl
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 2331

Re: Splicing tips?

One method is to go through the lines multiple times, one end after another. Both ends must be free. Resulting loop is very strong and looks quite good actually. About four to five inches is enough length for that kind of splice if rope is about 1/4 inch thick. Do you mean like stitch? Pass tail th...
by merl
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 2331

Re: Splicing tips?

Collecting a lot of good tips and ideas. I managed a (somewhat ugly) splice using a different trick - removing two stands for almost the whole length of the splice. This thins the tail and makes the body more roomy at the same time. WIll try some of the other tricks too...
by merl
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 2331

Re: Splicing tips?

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12 strand
It is 12 strand. What a b*tch
by merl
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 2331

Re: Splicing tips?

I could be completely wrong, but that looks like it might be 16 or 24 strand as opposed to 12 strand single braid which is really easy to splice. Can you show a cleanly cut cross section please? I think that must be the fundamental issue. As far as I can see there is no core, but I will give it a c...
by merl
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 2331

Re: Splicing tips?

Use a longer "fid. Spread the weave out along it, so it's relaxed and not all bunched up. Then wiggle the tail down it, like you'd feed a drawstring back into your shorts . . . if you know what I mean. Small movements, not a lot of bunching up like in the photo :) I don't have a metal fid if that's...
by merl
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 2331

Splicing tips?

I don't normally have problems splicing but this rope has me beat. It's the same stuff that best were using a year or two ago. The weave seems really tight. I usually open it up with a knitting needle and pull the line through with a wire but I just can't seem to get it through. Any tips? I've tried...

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