Michelks wrote:I found two holes when it had 6 psi pressure, as soon as i took the bldder out and inflated it again I couldnt find the holes anymore, i put 3 patches in the area i presumed they were but didnt work out. 6psi pressure and they were at the same place. I just cant believe it, the kite is brand new, never used.
... yeah that sucks abit! Maybe its a shit happens situation, you never know maybe something rubbed against it?? Anyway, quick question, where roughly are the holes?
I've had many tiny holes over the years and its soooo hard to find them when the bladder is out of the kite. Logically its because you can't put enough pressure in to make the tiny holes open enough to make the bubbles show up easily.
One way to find it is to put the bladder back in the kite and pump up to full pressure, spray soap on and when you find them, dry as best you can with a rag then get a marker pen and put a dot right over the hole which hopefully the ink will 'leak' through the LE onto the bladder. I know its not ideal but it can work.
Another way is to again find the holes as done originally, then take bladder out and pump up and squeeze in your hand either side the area and put under water in a pool, then with great patiences, wait for a little bubble to show and importantly have a friend close by to quickly mark with a pen as you find it.
Once bladder is out, soapy water over area then place finger (as if you are pointing at something) and run it over where you think the hole is, back and forth and up and down, slowly. The fact that you have your finger on bladder you can create a surface tesion for the soap to build up a bigger bubble, and therefore show up easier, it sort of simulates as if its pumped up to a higher pressure. Again, pen ready to mark the exact spot.
Valves are ok , both holes are in the first quarter of the kite, close to the deflate valve, one on the black strip, and the other 3 cm up. I tried to mark a pen dot , but didin´t work.
Now that the bladder is out again I will repeat everything pointing with my finger, if I dont find anything I will put larger patches(7 X 10 cm) in the area. and pray .
With bladder inside what can go wrong if I I make the hole larger with a needle? better then tomahawking isn´t it?
About the kite:
it´s exactly what Toby told you, the kite has thinner leading edge, what makes it very light, and it folds very easily when you put your weight over it( even when 6 or 7 psi pumped). It´s not stiff as my rebel 14.
The wind was 2/5 knots and some times 5 knots steady , all I could do was 3 reverse launches (on sand), and the kite was up very easily, and turned 180 very fast (compared to my FS21).
With the original setting and the 4 line bar,I couldn´t keep the kite parked in the air for more then 30sec, even at zenith or 2 o clock. ( only Dimitri is able to do that on a SUP. rsrs). If I didint had the problem with pressure i would have tested other setups.
That was all the fun I had during the weekend (rsrs) , as soon i test the kite I´ll keep you informed.