Installing Individual Grommets (getting them to stay prior to first stringing)

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  1. phishbiscuits

    phishbiscuits Rookie

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    Hi All:

    I just replaced a grommet/bumper guard set with individually-cut grommets. I did this to match swing weights of two frames. I couldn't reduce weight in the hoop, as all weighting is internal. I am matching two of my Yonex Pim Pims (different frames, same static weight, but different balance and SW- grrr- they were supposed to all be identical).

    They don't stay put. I tried a hot hair dryer (no heat gun) and a fine-gauge awl to widen them in hopes they would stay.

    After that, really all I can think to do is use some sort of liquid adhesive, but that will make removing them a pain...

    Also, is there an "expert method" to "going bumperless?" In other words, are there preferred tools to cut them, etc?

    Hopefully you all can help!
     
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  2. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    A flaring tool would help but assuming you don't have one maybe heat up the grommets and try to expand them with something and wait for them to cool before stringing the frame.
     
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  3. Dags

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    I've used freezer bag ties to keep the odd troublesome grommet in place.
     
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  4. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    I though he was talking about the single individual grommets.
     
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  5. Dags

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    So was I. :) Shove them through the grommet and twist. Holds the grommet in place until you're ready, and they're quick to remove in the middle of stringing.

    I also have used them around a full grommet strip, but that's a solution for a different thread. ;-)
     
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  6. phishbiscuits

    phishbiscuits Rookie

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    Fittex individual grommets? Anyone try these?
     
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  7. Tamiya

    Tamiya Semi-Pro

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    you didn't use fittex? They look like pins from Mastermind game set :)

    Just glue them in with a dab of ShoeGoo, the mastic is removable whenever.
     
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  8. Clintspin

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    They stay in place if you get the right size.
     
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  9. phishbiscuits

    phishbiscuits Rookie

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    I ordered the Fittex grommets in various sizes. I had previously just taken a new grommet/bumper guard and cut them to correspond to the matching hole.

    What a pain... Now I feel like a moron. Why didn't I think that a product like Fittex existed?!?

    Are there other brands besides Alpha/RAB that sell single grommets?
     
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  10. Tamiya

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    Fittex main brand afaik, their prices can vary a lot :(
    Think it totalled about $800 adding up packs of every size & length
    and would cost about $50 per racquet.

    Got a white Head and a maroon Prince with shattered plastics,
    haven't yet ordered Fittex to suit... Might try harvesting old strips first :)
     
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