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« on: January 09, 2011, 05:18 AM »

I broke the ferrule in my lower spreader yesterday.  What is the best way to remove the little bit of ferrule that is super glued into the rod? 
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2011, 07:11 AM »

Ferrules are usually glued in with CA glue.  Try putting the ferrule end of the rod in BOILING water for a couple of minutes ( it won't hurt the rod) and then try to remove it with a pair of pliers if there is enough to get hold of or tap it loose - a short sharp tap is the best way to break the bond with CA - or if not try putting a thin suitable rod down the other end and carefully tap it out. If it really won't move then you're only option may be to carefully drill it out - start small and get bigger - but be careful, it's easy to damage the rod.
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2011, 07:32 AM »

Thanks or the info guys.  I figured the heat gun would not be the right thing to do.   
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011, 07:38 AM »

Carbon Rods are quite resilient and you can be pretty tough with them - to a point.  As stated, heat and a sharp shock are key to breaking the glue joint. A similar method that has always worked for me:

- Heat the glue joint area, usually about 2" long, with a propane torch on low flame until the glue just starts to smoke and/or sizzle.  Keep the flame moving and turn the tube. Do not overheat the tube as the epoxy resins will soften with high heat.  A softened tube will harden OK when cooled though.

- Insert an 1/8" piece of music wire (from a hobby store) into the open end and press against the ferrule  on the inside of the tube. Turn the tube vertical, ferrule end up and strike the piano wire on a hard surfaced floor.  The ferrule will pop right out.  It will be hot, so do not let it hit you in the face.

- The tube will cool in a few minutes and be ready for a new ferrule.  If the removed ferrule is not broken, it can be reused.   I have never ruined a tube this way.
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011, 08:02 AM »

Well this almost like reahafting golf clubs now.  I have a propane torch and a good heat gun but thought they would ruin the rod.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2011, 08:09 AM »

Well this almost like reahafting golf clubs now.  I have a propane torch and a good heat gun but thought they would ruin the rod.

The heat gun should work though the propane flame is more direct and takes just a few seconds.  Just be careful not to overheat.
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2011, 08:51 PM »

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The heat gun should work though the propane flame is more direct and takes just a few seconds.  Just be careful not to overheat.

Worked like a charm.  Never would have that the wrapped rods were that resilient to heat.  Almost like reshafting a driver.  Now if I could just learn to fly like I golf I would at least look like I knew what I was doing.  Smiley  Getting really good at ground recoveries.
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2011, 02:21 AM »

Glad it worked out well for you. Grin 
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