So I tore off an inflate valve in the cold. I'd fly foils except they suck in the mountains.
Hot water got the old valve off but there is a lot of chunky monkey left on the bladder.
Should I not worry and just slap the new U-stick valve on top, or tear-aid the old hole and relocate the valve hole 2 inches? The only current penetrations are (8) pen sized holes.
I appreciate any input (except buy a new bladder or worse yet fly a foil!)
I'm assuming the bladder where the old valve is creased and basically not real nice like the rest of the bladder.
I do this for each valve repair as I find it more reliable then not doing it, in fact I find this to be a bit quicker
Cut old valve out around the outer base. this leaves a large hole likely 1.5", but nice flat consistent surface to work with.
take an old piece of bladder approximately twice the size of the hole and place it flat on the inside of the bladder centered on the hole.
take a piece of tearaid the same size and stick it over everything.
cut new hole in the same place as the old one just big enough for air flow (don't cut both sides of the bladder in haste like I did once....)
affix new valve
be sure to wipe each surface with alcohol wipes