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Does anyone have any ideas on making drip rings for my paddle, as I can't use the standard ones with out taking one of the blades off my paddle, which I don't really want to do. There are ones that screw together, but at $15.00 plus postage, I thought that some one might have an idea how to make home made ones?
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Stole this directly from a KDFU topic, but its alright 'cos I wrote it there.
no drip collars. No problem. Get to Bunnings and buy a two-pack of sink plugs from the plumbing section, you will know which size when you see them. Couple of SS self tapping screws. Drill out the pop rivet from one of the paddle blades and remove the remains of it. A bit of heat from a hair drier or very gently with a heat gun will soften the adhesive, NOT TOO MUCH. (mark the position of blade relative to the shaft before you remove it, or adjust later to your liking) Paddle blade comes of with a bit of persuasion, i.e. hit it with a piece of wood sliding the wood down the shaft. Once it starts to move get someone else to hold it and twist and pull until it comes free of the adhesive. - I did it alone using a vice with the shaft well wrapped in cloth and squeezed gently - I also cut a few inches off the shaft at this stage as well. Cut out the centre out of the plugs Stanley knife is good but try not to make yourself bleed, you will find a neat little edge to work to which leaves it a little bit under the size of the shaft. Take your time and keep it neat. Once it is cut out neat close to that edge it is still a bit undersize, that's a good thing, it will stretch over the shaft. Repeat making sure you reverse the second plug. There is a little cup inside the end of the shaft. Careful not to cut this if you shorten the shaft. Replace that beyond the reach of where the SS screws will fit in. Replace blade to your liking and fasten with two SS screws. Each with their own NEW hole. A bit of All Clear on the shaft and in the VERY SMALL predrilled holes first and the end won't come off. Works and looks great.
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Since writing it I realised that if you run a file around the inside of the shaft, making it a bit sharper. You can then stretch the plug over the end of the shaft -itsa perfect fit- and tap it with a mallet to cut out the unwanted part ;-)
Is easy to do, looks like a bought one.

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Sink plugs, absolutely brilliant. My father inlaw is a plumber and I think he has some already laying around. Thank's a heap and thank's to all, didn't think of clark rubber either.
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Sink plugs, absolutely brilliant. My father inlaw is a plumber and I think he has some already laying around.
Yep, but seriously go to Bunnings. The plugs there are the right ones. Sold in a two pack they are white and they will jump out at you as being the ones you need. Cost about $3 or $4. Trust me. I catch big fish 8)
 

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Stole this directly from a KDFU topic, but its alright 'cos I wrote it there.


Since writing it I realised that if you run a file around the inside of the shaft, making it a bit sharper. You can then stretch the plug over the end of the shaft -itsa perfect fit- and tap it with a mallet to cut out the unwanted part ;-)
Is easy to do, looks like a bought one.

Regards John.
Sorry for reviving such an old thread, but I am not very experienced with the adhesive used for the bond between the paddle and shaft. Would it be ok just to use silicone sealant (I've only got that at home)?
 
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