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#1 Jynx

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

Just a simple too that I've found to work well for nasty sand-clogged Rev vertical spars.

Though this only works on the uprights, and only when you have at least one end of the spar free... Simply slide the free spar through the hole to the opposite end-cap and push... it frees-up the clogged spar from the end-cap quite easily.

Just a 5/16"+ hole drilled in a scrap piece of oak... couldn't be any simpler!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:41 PM

Cool Jynx! You'll be needing that when you get to Florida.

What I want is a tool that will get a sand-clogged leading edge apart without pulling out the ferrule . . . . . I need to re-glue my race rod center ferrules after flying for a couple days on the beach at KOLM.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:47 PM

This should work if both ends are stuck. Compressed air should work on the leading edge at the ferrules, the kind you use to blow the dust out of your computer. Just be careful where you point the spar, it may come shooting off.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:20 AM

just put flexible tape on the end cap before flying.
Remove when finished .....and ready !

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:52 AM

just put flexible tape on the end cap before flying.
Remove when finished .....and ready !


Good point. I've also used O rings, and I cut up a length of surgical tubing into 1/4 inch bits to go around the spars. I just forget to use it on the ends (especially when swapping out frames) and I haven't used it on the center joints at all. The tubing is available by the foot at many Ace Hardware stores (here in the USA).

Makatakam - good idea as well - Jynx will be able to cut hers in half faster than you can photoshop it ;) plus then she'll have two tools :D



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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:48 AM

I'm in the "O" ring camp and haven't had any problems since using them!! I don't recommend them for LE joints, though, I find they won't go through the LE pocket cleanly and end up lost in there unless you can fish them out!! Just use them on all 4 outer caps!! I keep a set on most of my rods, as there needs to be 2 sizes - 1 for 2 wraps and race, 1 for 3+4 wraps! They have different diameters that affect how well the "O" rings fit! Only adds a couple of grams of weight and for me, makes breakdown a snap!!Posted Image

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:19 AM

Thanks guys!

Used the "O" rings and tape and they're the BEST!

But have used the tool for times I've been too lazy to apply, or forgotten, but mostly for others who had a disconnect problem.

I like Mark's idea... going to make a slotted one and try that too!

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:57 AM

I park fly so I've never tried it but if you cut the end off a water balloon you could use that (the remaining stem piece) on all joints. Won't leave a residue, will slide through the LE pocket and would stretch over end caps.

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