Help..Any racquet techs? Can this be repaired?

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  1. racingdad23

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    About a half and inch from the butt and under the buttcap the handle has broken. I need to repair this and keep it the original length. Are there any racquet techs that I can send this racquet to?

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  2. klementine

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    Pretty risky.

    Option#1-But you can take some epoxy, (the kind that needs to be mixed) and if you can find some small plastic beads or fiberglass shavings, mix them in with the epoxy and build the handle up slowly day by day, so by day 3,4,5 (depending on how much you want to apply at any given time) you will have built up the handle.

    Option #2- Get some hobby clay, make a mold of the missing chunk. Then some playdough (which is softer than the hobby clay) and mold, with the playdough the shape of your missing butt end that you have made out of hobby clay. Then with that mold, inject some Great Stuff (it's expanding foam in a can used for insulation, construction and home repairs). When the Great Stuff dries, scuff off any obtrusive edges around your mold and super glue that piece onto your racquet.

    Option #3- Be lazy and send it in to **** and pay around $40 for a new handle pallet.

    Thats it. I've done all options. #3 is the easiest yet most expensive. #1-is the cheapest but most time consuming, and #2- for me, turned out the best in terms of cost/time ratio.

    Good Luck! By the way what kind of racquet is that? That would also factor in to the cost/time ratio.
     
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  3. LeeD

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    Epoxy resin, hi density micro balloons, mixed to a tacky gel like viscousity.
    First cut off the jagged part in a clean line.
    Acetone the black plastic for adhering.
    Apply your gooey cream/gray mess and allow to cure.
    Sand the appropriate amount to match the original part of the grip.
    Some use reinforcing wire, one under each of the 6 sides.
    How messy can you handle.
    I glassed over 300 surfboards.:shock:
     
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  4. klementine

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    You could also cut the end flat. Find another racquet that you don't use, cut the same amount off of that racquet's end. Epoxy the end to your broken racquet, apply buttcap with epoxy, do not staple back.
     
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  5. racingdad23

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    I like option #3 :) I'd rather just have it repaired right but dont know where to send it. Racquet is a T-Fight 320. But it is one of 3 of my sons tournament racquets. Its not uncommon for him to go to #3 in a three day tournament. We can get by for a while but I either have to replace this or repair it ASAP.
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    You can send it to three different places.
    **** http://**********.com/

    Bosworth Tennis http://bosworthtennis.com/

    Priority One http://p1tennis.com/

    All will do a first rate job. Maybe there will be one with the quickest turn around or that is closest to you.
     
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  7. Frankauc

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    just put a strong glue in your buttcap and apply pression on it to make the two peaces stick together. it should hold?
     
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  8. Bud

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    I think he wants to do it properly ;-)
     
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  9. Il Mostro

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    +1 for sending it to Roman or Racquetmaxx.
     
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  10. [d]ragon

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    ^^^ I agree with Il Mostro. If I were you, I just send it in to a one of those (or P1) because they will probably do a very good job. If the price is too high though (Racquetmaxx will prob be the cheapest option), then just buy another frame
     
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  11. Tennisguy777

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    I had a similar problem and called, was told it would cost $100-$115 to have a new handled molded on by ****. It might just be easier to buy a new frame!
     
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  12. Revman

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    I bought a racquet in exactly that condition from a thrift shop and successfully built up the handle over a 3-day period using Shoe Goo. It was very simple to do -- worked like a charm. Once the build-up is shaped and hardened properly (may require a wee bit of sanding), you just push or hammer on the butt cap, adjust it so that it measures exactly 27" from other end, staple it in place with a staple gun, and it's good as new. Even the final weight of the racquet was right on spec.
     
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  13. SFrazeur

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    Unless it is a rare Technifibre racquet it would just be cheaper, and easier to buy a new one.

    That is not something you can fix yourself.

    -SF
     
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  14. Mansewerz

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    Try some Mighty Putty. Apparently the stuff is really strong.
     
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    Yeah, and then wash it in Oxyclean.

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  16. Il Mostro

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    ROTFLMAO. You forgot to add "then dry it with a Sham Wow!". :)
     
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    'You know it's good, cause it's made in Germany and the Germans always make good stuff'
     
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    Vince, is that you? :)
     
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  19. Revman

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    RacingDad23,
    If you decide to simply buy a replacement racquet I would be interested in buying the damaged one for a reasonable price. I'm willing to take my chances I can repair the handle by the means I mentioned above.
     
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  20. Mansewerz

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    I thought he said "germs always make good stuff"
     
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    "You're gonna love my nuts", lol.
     
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  22. uk_skippy

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    If the rqts not that old, I'd return it to the seller. I'd think it would come under a faulty rqt. Go back to your seller 1st before trying to get it mended.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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  23. Mansewerz

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    How did this happen if I may ask?
     
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  24. hoodjem

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    How about gorilla glue the buttcap back on? (Let it sit for a couple of days to set up well.)
     
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