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Jun-14-2012, 07:27 PM #1
First build results in failure!!!
So this was my first build that did not end up so hot. I guess there is a learning curve involved but damn this was frustrating. Not to mention, I will need to buy a new blank, grips and reel seat.
As you can see from the pic below, I burned the tip off while trying to put the tip top on and line it up. I was heating the glue up with a lighter under the blank and at some points there was a little flame that started. I figured this was normal as the glue was getting hot. However, to my surprise when trying to adjust the tip top, the blank tip just broke. Any suggestions as to help me prevent this from happening again?
First pic is the damage and second pic was my progress. Oh well better luck next time I guess
Jun-14-2012, 07:36 PM #2
You have to get another blank for the tip breaking or is there another problem? That inch or so might not be much of a problem. In my limited experiance, it doesn't take much heat for tip work.Don't be afraid of failing, it's the only way you will know what success is
Jun-14-2012, 07:39 PM #3
Nope, the only issue is the tip. Everything else is good. From what I thought I have read or heard, it is ok to cut from the bottom but not the top???
If I can just cut the top and put a new tip top on, it would be great....
Jun-14-2012, 07:42 PM #4Skipper
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If I can just cut the top and put a new tip top on, it would be great....[/QUOTE]
Sure you can. The action of the rod might be somewhat slower, but with that small amount broken of, you might not even notice. No need to throw it all away, build it and fish it and learn from the experience.
Jun-14-2012, 07:59 PM #5
Dont use so much lighter time on the next one -
Try not to see this as a failure, because it isn't. You learned some things & will hopefully continue to do so.
Rainshadow blanks are a great option as some of them are fairly cheap.
Jun-14-2012, 08:01 PM #6Sure you can. The action of the rod might be somewhat slower, but with that small amount broken of, you might not even notice. No need to throw it all away, build it and fish it and learn from the experience.
Also, yes you can just put a tip on where it broke. Use 5min epoxy, clean up with denatured alcohol and you will never have this problem again.
Jun-14-2012, 08:15 PM #7
Jun-14-2012, 08:27 PM #8
If you're using a glue stick for the top, keep the glue & heat on the top, not the blank. A lot of builders will heat the stick, rub it on the blank, then install the top. That squeegees a lot of the glue off.
Instead, take a razor blade to the glue stick and cut off a couple of 1/2" long slivers of glue. Insert them into the top's tube, heat the tube, then push the top on.
Jun-14-2012, 08:39 PM #9
I will def stick the glue in the tip top next time as that seems like a great idea.
Jun-15-2012, 02:21 AM #10
Now, this is quite a parallel paradox, wrapped up in a conundrum.
So, which is it, master builders? It can't be both. Or can it? Please help a jigger out...
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