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« on: May 04, 2011, 05:04 PM »


Whats the best way to move a stuck APA along a PT spar ?

Its only 3pt ... so I'm loathe to brute force it.

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2011, 05:08 PM »

why is it stuck? glue?
if you can get the blunted tip of a knife or something to get air under that will help....
compressed air would be better too...
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2011, 05:29 PM »

why is it stuck? glue?
if you can get the blunted tip of a knife or something to get air under that will help....
compressed air would be better too...


Stuck just goes its wedged I guess ... tapered, lumpy spar and all.

Freed it with soap and a hair dryer and bruised thumbs ... deary me !

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011, 05:57 PM »

if you have it freed and you're having trouble reaching the point you'd like it to be at because of the taper, i've seen mark c. force the fittings onto something larger (a pen) and let them sit for a few minutes then slide them onto a moistened path to reach their final destination. so it would appear the rubber can be widened temporarily with stretching which then contracts again as it conforms to a smaller tube.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011, 07:08 PM »

I have put them in boiling water for a few minutes until they were soft.

And then I discovered Spray Silicone.  Works every time.

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011, 08:49 PM »

Glad my advice worked for you, remember to grab a pair of thin leather driving gloves.  They make APA chores a cinch.
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2011, 08:56 PM »

I learned the hard way to take some soapy water and a q-tip to the inside of the apas.  After a few stuck LS I notice scratches on the rods from dust getting into the fittings and thats what was causing them to lock in for me.  Now I just keep some dishwater in a spray bottle on me and clean the fitting every couple of flights.  HAven't had a stuck rod since.
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2011, 09:35 PM »

Whats the best way to move a stuck APA along a PT spar ?
Move or remove ?

If you're at the alchemy stage of boiling waters, unctions and personal discomfort then I'd recommend an X-Acto #2 knife and spending the 95 cents that a new, undamaged one will cost you.

If you know that an APA (other LE connectors are available) is going to get tight when fitting then a little preparation helps. Warm up the fitting beforehand and apply a schmear whatever you fancy to ease its passage.

You are completely right to be wary of muscling a 3PT.

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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2011, 05:23 AM »

a drop of liquid dishwashing soap on each side of the APA and gently push/bend the APA ever so slightly until the liquid starts to creep between the APA and spar..than start twisting the APA around the spa and push to the narrow end.....work every time.

I also use the same liquid when sliding new APA's on taperd spa's..

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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2011, 11:02 AM »

Nose grease.

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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2011, 12:56 PM »

Nose grease.

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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2011, 03:57 AM »

I had the same question when I broke the leading of my Nirvana WW. (You can't brute force axels with SULs.) RandyG suggested dish soap and it was a miracle! A little bit on each side of the APA and work it back forth to get it started and it comes off very easily. Before that, I was getting blisters trying to get the APA to move.
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2011, 08:47 AM »


these work on all the fittings out there.........
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« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2011, 10:34 AM »

Where can you buy them in US? This looks the ticket
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2011, 11:08 AM »

I remember in the last year a shop had some, but i cannot for the life of me remember who it was!!!!! DANG

Kitemate-my old shop we had 100s of them......love the things!!!!!
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