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I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby Clew In » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:20 am

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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Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby sarc » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:17 am

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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Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby Toby » Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:30 am

can you show us some pictures, or maybe do a video? That would be awesome!

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Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby Clew In » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:33 am

Hey,

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

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Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby Wetstuff » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:41 pm

.... the part about keeping it from getting twisted is important. Good one Clew.

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Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby Peter_Frank » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:06 pm

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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Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby poldo » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:25 pm

Good idea, simple but effective! :D

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Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby kite_n_rnd » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:59 pm

Thanks for sharing... This is the kind of stuff that makes Kiteforum great!!

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Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby waynepjh » Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:21 pm

thanks for taking the time to do that! You have clarified the hole process thank you! waynepjh!

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Re: I just found a fast way to put a leading edge bladder in

Postby deltawake » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:07 pm

Well done. I'll use that one for sure. Thank you


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