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 Post subject: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:20 am 
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Hey,

I just used a piece of cardboard about a foot long and 4 inches wide, wrapped masking tape to thicken it up, left the center flexible. I taped the bladder to it fed it through and when I I got to the wing tip I folded the cardboard in half and pulled it out. Bladder was in and I did not have any twist. Oh, and I did not use any string. Works pretty well.

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 Post subject: Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:17 am 
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I used the same to feed in strut bladders (tied the bladder to a pen and pushed the pen thru the strut) and worked much better than using strings.


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 Post subject: Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:30 am 
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can you show us some pictures, or maybe do a video? That would be awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:33 am 
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Hey,

Here are some pictures of what I did: however, I sent the kite off to be repaired.

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 Post subject: Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:41 pm 
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.... the part about keeping it from getting twisted is important. Good one Clew.

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 Post subject: Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:06 pm 
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Another good thing is, that you can easier put the bladder back ALONE with your method !

With a string you have to have lots of space (meaning doing it outside only - where it might rain the very day...), and find something the string can be put around and back to you, while you hold the other end and/or feed the bladder into the zip.

So if you dont have a girl/boyfriend to help - it should be easier this way, also inside the house.

I've seen several bladders explode because of a twisted front bladder - sometimes if only a half twist it holds for some time on the water, and then suddenly, BANG one day :thumb:
Although - a half twist is YOUR OWN FAULT of course, if it happens after a bladder change, as you can see if the bladder tip is turned around or not (usually text on one side only).

Dont know if this can happen today, where we have more pressure in the kites than earlier - but I think it can :naughty:

A full twist can happen quite easy though, if you are alone when reinserting and using a string :(
So good idea :thumb:

:D Peter Frank


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 Post subject: Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:25 pm 
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Good idea, simple but effective! :D


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 Post subject: Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:59 pm 
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Thanks for sharing... This is the kind of stuff that makes Kiteforum great!!


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 Post subject: Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
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thanks for taking the time to do that! You have clarified the hole process thank you! waynepjh!


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 Post subject: Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:07 pm 
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Well done. I'll use that one for sure. Thank you


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