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« on: August 24, 2013, 05:25 PM »

One of my leech lines seems to have retreated back into the leech tunnel.  Does anyone have any idea how to fish it out? I sure can't think of any.

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 07:29 PM »

Pull it out the other end and use a tapestry needle to re-thread it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2013, 05:50 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2013, 06:03 PM »

Not knowing what a tapestry needle is and wanting to try to rescue the line first, I decided to try something that popped into my brain and it actually worked rather well.  What I did was I straightened out a paperclip and wrapped the end with seam tape. I then gently inserted this into the tunnel until it hit the knot of the leech line.  Then I squeezed to bind the end of the paper clip to the line and then gently fished leech out. Worked like a charm. Smiley  Thanks Sugarbaker for your tip.  I would have done this, but I didn't savor the trip to Michael's to find a needle. Lips sealed Thanks too Thief, that was going to be the next thing to try.

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2013, 06:14 PM »

Whatever works. 

I have used a segment of weed wackier line, which is easy to thread through, attack some spectra, and the pull back through, in the past. 


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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2013, 06:33 PM »

Weedwacker line crossed my mind too, but it would have had too large of a diameter (at least what I have on hand is) for this leech tunnel. I think the diameter of this tunnel is a little less than that of a coffee stirrer.
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2013, 08:15 PM »

Glad you got it out.  I forget that many folks may not have a tapestry needle laying around.  Should the need ever arise again, a tapestry needle is a large hand sewing needle with a relatively blunt tip. 

Out of curiosity, what kite were you performing this rescue operation on?
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2013, 09:11 PM »

Some good ideas. I will put one to work on a project I have.

Like the weed wackier line. got some extra lying around.

May have a tapestry needle. Think I saw that in my wife notions drawer.

I have misplaced my line sieving kit.  Actually had two, but keep them in the same bag (first mistake), that I did not take out of the room my grandkids moved into last month (second mistake).
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2013, 02:32 AM »

... a tapestry needle is a large hand sewing needle with a relatively blunt tip. 

Or a darning needle.  Pretty much the same thing.

 Huh  I thought everyone had them in their workshop  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2013, 03:26 AM »

Glad you got it out.  I forget that many folks may not have a tapestry needle laying around.  Should the need ever arise again, a tapestry needle is a large hand sewing needle with a relatively blunt tip. 

Out of curiosity, what kite were you performing this rescue operation on?

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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2013, 01:56 AM »

your solution was perfect.

The proper tool for threading a leach line though is a "Bodkin". I bet you've heard that term before and never knew what it was. Invented in 1268 for threading leach lines it languished in the garment and doll industry until 1988 when it was rediscovered that sport kites benefited from having a leach line.    Cheesy   Cheesy

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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2013, 03:14 AM »

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy...I feel I made myself seem like a hick. Lips sealed  Should have used (claimed to use) anything other than a paper clip. Not very cool of me. 
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