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#1 Aerochic

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 06:23 AM

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 08:45 AM

Re-posted from another thread:
Here is a quick 'n' dirty way to repair a rip in the mesh- think of it as a band-aid solution rather than a permanent cure.
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I just run a fairly tight line of zig-zag stitching along the rip, catching the leading edge Dacron on one side and the untorn mesh squares on the other.

My old Vented 1.5 had several tears in its mesh and I repaired them in well under a minute.
Eventually I'll do a proper job and sew a new leading edge and mesh on, but this band-aid keeps the kites going until I get around to replacing it.

I have flown 2 of my older Revs after this repair in winds in excess of 25 knots over the last 10 months without problems.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:20 AM

I have a few small (1") tears in the leading edge mesh, not at the seam but in the middle of the mesh. Ive used small strips of tedlar tape on both the front and the back to reinforce it. This repair though unsightly up close, has held up well and has not decreased the flight characteristics at all (imho).

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 05:44 PM

I just thought this might be an easy answer for those that don't own a sewing machine. Clearly fixing it properly as SteveB has shown would be best.

Myself personally, I've never had much luck in the tedlar department. For the repair I used it for (not on a rev btw), it had a tendency to really peel up on the ends and made the kite sail gooey which I didn't like.

Per usual there is more than one way to do these kinds of repairs...

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 06:58 PM

You'd need the patience of a spider, but you might be able to align the broken mesh and hold it in place with scotch/cello tape and apply a small drop of CA glue to glue the mesh back together.

CA glue repairs work very well for clean rips in Polyester fabric; I wonder if it'd be good for the mesh too?




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