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Ripper
08-15-2007, 04:13 PM
Alternative to stapling it.

rosenstar
08-15-2007, 05:47 PM
I guess you could use a hot glue gun? i dunno. I'd try it on an old frame you don't use any more first. Why do you need the butt cap on anyways? I strung racquets at a small pro tournament (#1 seed was top 500, other players were former top 150) and alot of players didn't have butt caps, just rapped electric tape over the butt.

Zets147
08-15-2007, 05:48 PM
nail & hammer

Ripper
08-16-2007, 09:20 AM
nail & hammer

Why didn't I think of that?

Hey, but seriously, I remember an old post (which, of course, I can't find, now) where someone said silicone glue worked well for this. However, I'd like to know if it will be hell to try to remove the butt cap after I stick it with silicone.

babolatpdtp
08-16-2007, 09:48 AM
What's wrong with staples?

Ripper
08-16-2007, 03:37 PM
What's wrong with staples?

Good question, lol. But I don't know. I just don't like them.

Purostaff
08-16-2007, 06:31 PM
What's wrong with staples?

You would need a staple gun to do the job. Plus, I don't think it's a common household item.

JavierLW
08-16-2007, 07:06 PM
nail & hammer

I thought of doing this, but then thought it might not be too fun because a nail probally weighs a lot more than staples.

JW10S
08-16-2007, 07:22 PM
nail & hammerI hold my racquet low on the handle and back when I used to use Wilson racquets the butt cap often came loose or completely off. So as a matter of course when I got new frames I had my racquet technician replace the staples with small flat head nails--never had one come off after that.

Ripper
08-16-2007, 08:23 PM
So, nobody here has, ever, tried silicone or another type of glue for this purpose?

Purostaff
08-17-2007, 08:38 AM
I thought of doing this, but then thought it might not be too fun because a nail probally weighs a lot more than staples.

But it shouldn't matter if you do it for all your racquets unless you want to have that 'exact' weight for some reasons.

TheShaun
08-17-2007, 08:49 AM
So, nobody here has, ever, tried silicone or another type of glue for this purpose?

i think silicone would work fine. but not too much of it. it's not a very strong "glue". and it's very flexible. do you have a way of doing a test on something similar or and old racquet?

Keifers
08-17-2007, 10:55 AM
Unless the butt cap fits pretty loosely on the handle, you could try not using anything. I did this with the butt cap of my Fischer M105 -- put the cap on, put the grip back on over it, and the cap stayed on no problemo. The stickiness of the grip (a Gamma Hi-Tech) was enough.

GS
08-17-2007, 03:04 PM
If you don't want to use staples, use a nice amount of epoxy glue. The cap won't come off afterwards, period. It might be very tough to remove and replace later, though.

TheShaun
08-17-2007, 05:00 PM
^^^^ i think epoxy would be far too strong. you may never get the butt cap off!

GS
08-17-2007, 05:24 PM
That's the point---I only replace a butt cap once, usually because it's a used racquet I've bought that has a beat-up cap.

texastornado
08-20-2007, 09:45 PM
i actually remove the staple from mine cause it creates an annoying lump for me sometimes. I would try some super glue or rubber cement though. rubber cement has the benefit of eaily being removed by acetone. (nail polish remover)

Ripper
08-21-2007, 06:52 AM
i actually remove the staple from mine cause it creates an annoying lump for me sometimes. I would try some super glue or rubber cement though. rubber cement has the benefit of eaily being removed by acetone. (nail polish remover)

Hummm, I'll look into rubber cements, thanks... Are you a fan of Colin Edwards?