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« on: April 19, 2011, 06:24 PM »

I need to get a c-clip off without breaking it, but they seem to be super glued to the carbon tube.  What is a good method of getting these suckers off without doing damage to tube/clip?   Thanks for any help.
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011, 06:50 PM »

i would gently use a flat bladed screw driver and gently pry one end of the C off and then pop off the other side....
if you break one easy replacements are: wrapped electrical tape, sliced donuts of rubber tubing, a bump of superglue, sliced-into-donuts-rubber end cap..
just a few options..
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011, 06:53 PM »

Update:

Just managed to get them off using needle nose plyers.  I gently wiggled the clip till it broke the glue loose.  Now I can glue that loose ferrule connecting the LE Smiley  Was bugging me a whole lot. 

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 03:33 AM »

Update:

Just managed to get them off using needle nose plyers.  I gently wiggled the clip till it broke the glue loose.  Now I can glue that loose ferrule connecting the LE Smiley  Was bugging me a whole lot. 

Thanks,
Jeremy

That was going to be my suggestion.  I've tried lots of ways over the years, but the method you hit upon has been the most consistently successful.  And and having a pile of spare clips handy just in case...
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2011, 01:01 PM »

Don't pry 'em off, thats when they break. Take the flat blade screwdriver, put the end of the spar on the floor or against something solid, now place the flat blade on top of the C clip parallel with the spar and give the screwdriver a couple of sharp taps with a hammer and the clip will slide down the spar. Works ( nearly) every time and doesn't usually break the C clip. CA glue has strong bonding power but poor shear strength. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2011, 08:03 AM »

I use Ace Brand CA glue to attach those clips.  It is a low grade glue that is strong enough hold but easy enough to break loose with needle nose.
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2011, 08:47 AM »

replace em with shrink wraps imo.... they are all sorts of win.  Cool
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2011, 10:19 AM »

I never worked with shrink wraps.
Do you have some link where I could view them? Also a few words on how to properly apply them instead of C-clips would be apreciated.

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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2011, 11:06 AM »

Never used them on kites, but great for wiring and such



You would have to slide the piece over the leading edge while disassembled them heat with a "hot" hair dryer.

I would be concerned about overheating the sail
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2011, 11:39 AM »

The type to use is the style with hot melt glue coating the interior, standard shrink wrap will soon loosen or you'll have to glue it yourself which negates any benifit. I would use a cut end cap, vinyl or rubber tubing before regular heat shink tubing. You can get the right type from Steve here at GWTW. It is also included in the Prism Field Repair Kit which is a nice start for a repair kit if you don't have something already in your bag.

Otherwise its normal usage is for wiring that is underground or wet, anyplace that sells well pumps should carry it.

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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2011, 11:58 AM »

I have adhesive heat shrink stop collars just like the ones Prism uses.  Not listed on the site but drop me an email and I can send you some.  2 sizes available.
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2011, 02:31 PM »

Unfortunately I live in Slovakia so I will have to look for the closest European replacement for much higher price. I will drop by some local electrical hardware store to see if they have any thick and large diameter heat-shrink tubes with an adhesive on the inside.
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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2011, 03:17 PM »

I just glue a section of an endcap.  They have a very low profile (look better imo) and I have yet to have one "pop off" like C-clips can do with a hard jolt.  They are soft, so you can easily grab a section of them with small pliers and just pull it off if you need to.

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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2011, 03:24 PM »

Bledula ... $2.00 for 10 and that includes postage.
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