Anyone had luck in fixing a crack in the frame?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by tennis50, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. tennis50

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    I love fixing things. I have two sticks that have hairline cracks. They don't make them anymore and I just love them so much. More importantly I haven't found a stick I like better that what I have. I would love to reinforse the cracks somehow to use them longer.

    Two of my thoughts are to take out the strings and grommets and pool epoxy on the inside of frame to reinforse and then take a fiberglass repair kit with cloth and hardener and do a small patch on outside of crack. Black racquet tape would cover the patch so it doesn't look bad.

    I wouldn't do this for clients racquets but wondered if any of you had luck in fixing cracks? Please let me know what has worked for you? Thanks in advance!!
     
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  2. Zhou

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    Wrong forum and you can't fix cracks in frames easily.
     
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  3. tennis50

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    sorry about that!
     
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  4. Bud

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    I think once a racquet has cracked, the playing characteristics will never be the same as prior to cracking (regardless of the repair job quality). You'll probably be able to repair it to some degree so it's playable, though, I wouldn't restring it above 50 lbs.
     
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    funny thing. this kid that i was teaching at this clinic had a prostaff classic and he was a little kid who totally messed the racquet up. it was new at first, but then he just keeps banging it up! it just hurt inside! jk. on the side of the racquet there was a pretty good crack but his dad put some type of glue in it and it was perfecto! any ways, i asked why he messes up that godly racquet and he says that his dad has 3 more mint condition ones at home and i talked to his dad and he is considering selling 1 of them to my friend.
     
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    His dad should be teaching him to respect the racquet, not abuse it. The message he is sending is not a positive one. Sure son, go ahead and completely destroy that racquet... because at home I have 3 more brand new ones for you. That kid will never learn to respect what he owns.
     
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    I have seen folks (even big hitters) with serious cracks in racquets where the racquet plays fine for a real long time. I had a horrible crack in an wilson frame - at the throat - and you could not tell the difference between it and any of my non-cracked frames of the same model.

    I would recommend to anyone with a crack that the crack alone does not necessitate replacment of the frame. Play with it as long as it feels good - but realize that catastophic failure is of course a closer reality than a non cracked frame.

    The DNX 9 that I use now - has a big chunk of frame material missing from the throat area (on the outside hoop section. The thing plays great.

    Now that I think about it, I had another of those wilsons (the one with the crack in the throat) that had one of the string holes kind of enlarge. I did build that area up with some epoxy from Home Depot - and it played fine for a long time as well.

    I have also had a cracked C10 at one time - and I could definitely tell that it was damaged beyond usability.
     
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