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by GregK
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Slingshot 2010 bar unequal line length
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: Slingshot 2010 bar unequal line length

Both front lines about 2 cm shorter than steering lines sounds to me like the trim line ( the 5 - 6 mm thick grey line used to trim the power level at the clamcleat on the chicken loop ) is set 4 cm too short. If there isn't enough extra line out at the trim handle on the end of the line to lengthen...
by GregK
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to make a kite
Replies: 103
Views: 4802

Re: How to make a kite

Literally the only thing made by computer is when it cuts fabric... Some stitching steps that are done exactly the same in multiple places, like the reinforcements at bridle attachment points and valves openings are done with a programmable quilting ( X-Y displacement ) table under the sewing machi...
by GregK
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: heat sealing valves to bladder
Replies: 9
Views: 693

Re: heat sealing valves to bladder

Todd - start up a business selling replacement stick-on valves and you will very quickly understand why they cost what they do.
by GregK
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: heat sealing valves to bladder
Replies: 9
Views: 693

Re: heat sealing valves to bladder

Todd - as edt posted, almost all kite bladder valves are made from PVC, and the kite bladders thermoplastic urethane. In the kite factories, the valves are thermally welded to the bladder film using RF ( radio frequency - akin to a microwave ) welders, thus very difficult to do without expensive equ...
by GregK
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pics of your fav kiting spot.
Replies: 38
Views: 5682

Re: Pics of your fav kiting spot.

plummet wrote:
Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:32 pm
... spots look horrible. ... no decent waves.
That's because you're looking through Taranaki eyes - you are entirely spoiled.
by GregK
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Replacement SS Valve
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Replacement SS Valve

by GregK
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Twin Tip Foam & Glass Recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 440

Re: Twin Tip Foam & Glass Recommendations

Yes these guys make a thin and very light Divinicell foam core board - http://brokite.com/

I've never ridden one, but anyone I've met who owns one absolutely love their boards. Very rare to see them up for sale, another strong indicator of owner satisfaction.
by GregK
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is this worth fixing?
Replies: 28
Views: 2747

Re: Is this worth fixing?

If you want information on how to do a professional job, read http://boardlady.com/repairmenu.htm
by GregK
Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!
Replies: 264
Views: 88250

Re: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!

Matt - many thanks for your video, I think it presents many valid concerns and solutions to them.
by GregK
Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Help finding replacement LE strut valve
Replies: 6
Views: 333

Re: Help finding replacement LE strut valve

... valve itself is damaged. Which basically never happens. Not my experience, have seen valves from many kite brands crack, either from loss of plasticizer in the PVC, hardening, crazing & cracking, or poor part /mold design or injection molding conditions creating residual stress at sharply-angle...

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