ping for Chicago Jack- Silicone

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  1. Shroud

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    Hey I finally tried your credit card trick.

    Man this silicone is kicking my ***. What am I doing wrong? It only added 8grams so I am assuming that it didnt go down the handle much at all.

    What am I doing wrong?

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    I tried another racket and I was able to remove the buttcap. On that one I was able to get 29g of silicone in the handle. Is that about right for filling up the handle??
     
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  3. ChicagoJack

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    Hi Shroud,

    Yeah that can be frustrating at times. Pressure builds and the silicone starts to squish back out of the top. If you are trying to fill the entire pallet, I would try the credit card method I suggested a while back. http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=7647905&highlig ht=shroud#post7647905 I cant really see from your photo if that is what you have tried here? Is that blue stuff tape? I just press with my off hand to create the seal. Perhaps the tape alone is not sufficient to create a good seal?

    Here's the method I described: Take an old credit card and cut a semi circle about the size of the tip on one edge. Place the tip into a corner of the pallet and place the card against the tip. Now you've got the top sealed. Now when you squeeze the trigger on the applicator, pressure will build, and the silicone has nowhere to go but down. If you have a C - clamp to hold the pallet in place while you are working, that really helps, as you need one hand for the card, and the other on the applicator. It's a bit more awkward, but if you don't have a c-clamp you can secure the racquet between your knees. This technique is basically just creating pressure, and you can create lots of it this way. So be super careful not to blow out the bottom of your cotton dam. If that happens, you might fill up the whole pallet and just keep right on going, filling up the frame as well. I know it can be frustrating. Most important thing is to work calmly and patiently.


    1. Cut a slot about the width of the tip. I've used an expired USTA card. See below
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    2. Use an applicator gun. Don't try this with the silicone tubes you squeeze by hand. Pressure will not be sufficient. See below.
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    3. Silicone placed into applicator gun. See below.
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    4. Build a cotton dam to desired depth. See below.
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  4. ChicagoJack

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    Does this mean that in your first photo, the buttcap did not come off? Some Pallets have dual chambers like this one below, some are singles like the one above... but either way, figure about 10-12 grams for every inch. Since most pallets are 7-8 inches long, If you only added 29 grams you've likely filled about 4/10ths of the length.
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    Once the cap is off (its on in the photo), then place the tip into a corner of the pallet, and place the card over the top. See below.
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  5. Shroud

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    Thanks Chicago.

    Yeah I did try the credit card method but did it a bit differently. Cut a piece the shape and size of the handle and then put a hole a bit off center in the piece of credit card.

    The tape was supposed to keep it sealed but clearly it didnt work. I have another stick to try and will use my hand to keep it sealed and cut it like you show.

    Also I would die to have sticks shown the pict (thanks for posting those, very helpful). Those look downright easy with one large hole or 2 equal ones. The ones I have are stupid with one bigger than the other and the smallest one the tip only goes in so far.

    At least I am getting better :)
     
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