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« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2010, 01:28 PM »

I've used the slide-a-biner-on-the-line to bring down a kite.  It's amazing how hot that thing will get just from friction, even on my 9 foot delta. I think I'm going to invest in one of those pulleys you can slip over a line, then lock. David G sells them, I'm pretty sure.

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« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2010, 04:51 PM »

Most carabiners are aluminum and readily transmit friction-induced heat.  A Petzl or CMI Pulley (just make sure the sheave is metal and not plastic) might stand you in better stead.

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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2010, 05:21 AM »

a ptezl pulley is going ot cost a good chunk of change....if i am going to walk a kite down on a biner i also have a 2'long webbing strap on it as the handle so it is more comfortable...

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« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2010, 06:20 AM »

a ptezl pulley is going ot cost a good chunk of change....if i am going to walk a kite down on a biner i also have a 2'long webbing strap on it as the handle so it is more comfortable...

I use a piece of cut off broom handle with a hook screwed into the end. I hook the binder on the line and hook my broom handle set up to that. Works like a champ, and if for some safety reason you need to let go...the handle goes up with the line and falls back to the ground and the biner slides back down the line to the stake.. Wink

Never needed or used gloves....but I always stake it down first, run out the line, launch the kite. Only touch the line tying it to the stake and then the kite, but then i use premade 150' lines and put several on a halo winder for different kites I might fly that day.....simplicity at it's best Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2010, 06:44 AM »

Most hardware stores carry a useable pulley for well under $10. A bit more work, they have a pin you have to pull out to open them, but they are workable. I've seen others that the side plates just have a hole in them so you can swing themopen, insert the line then clip your 'biner through the holes. I also picked up one that had a pretty sturdy cast frame that I cut one side to insert the line through, it has pulled down our 84' on many occassions. All in the $5 - $10 range.


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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2010, 06:16 AM »

  Now that sounds like a plan. I'll check out the hardware store tomorrow in my travels and see what I can come up  with.  I still think that was one exciting day at the farm  if you know what I'm a sayin'. Yes indeed it was..........Tom

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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2010, 05:05 PM »

That's what I'm talking about - good story Tom

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