Is there an alternative method of installing a butt cap?

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  1. Ripper

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    Alternative to stapling it.
     
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  2. rosenstar

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    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.
     
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    nail & hammer
     
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  4. Ripper

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    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.
     
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  5. babolatpdtp

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    What's wrong with staples?
     
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    Good question, lol. But I don't know. I just don't like them.
     
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  7. Purostaff

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    You would need a staple gun to do the job. Plus, I don't think it's a common household item.
     
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    I thought of doing this, but then thought it might not be too fun because a nail probally weighs a lot more than staples.
     
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  9. JW10S

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    I 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.
     
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    So, nobody here has, ever, tried silicone or another type of glue for this purpose?
     
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    But it shouldn't matter if you do it for all your racquets unless you want to have that 'exact' weight for some reasons.
     
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    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?
     
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  13. Keifers

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    ^^^^ i think epoxy would be far too strong. you may never get the butt cap off!
     
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    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.
     
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  17. texastornado

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