|Eliminate standoff connectors?|
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If you drill a small hole in the lower spreader to accept the standoff, could we eliminate the standoff connector? Yes, I know there would be a stress riser effect at the hole. Has anyone tried this?
Seems like the hard contact of the spreader to standoff would create an extreme stress/shear point on the standoff. Secondly, the drill point may be difficult to calculate. No room for trial and error. ;)
Nice thinking ... less is more. A bit like the trend of tied centre-Ts.
Should be worth a try.
Who would be responsible for drilling of the standoff holes in the spreader? The kite manufacturer or rod supplier? If the latter, I suspect that Jon T would visit your house with a large vat of pasta and repeatedly flog you with wet noodles. ???
The wind related adjustments to stand-off positions would become a thing of the past.
In addition the stress on the spreader, less than perfect alignment of holes in multi-stand-off kite would add stress to the actual stand-offs.
User replacement of spreaders from naked rods would become more difficult.
Genius. Negative space.
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