Plumbers putty for adding handle weight

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  1. 86golf

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    I'm having some decent success using plumbers putty inside my Radicals to get the weight up a bit. It is easier and more precise than silicon and seems to stay in place better than fishing weights that somehow vibrate out of their cotton ball cocoons after awhile. It's a bit of a hassle but can be reversed.

    I'm doing a similar process as other methods by flooding the handle with cotton balls and I'm putting my putty just above where I grip then back fill the rest with cotton balls.

    Anyone else tried this?
     
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  2. rich s

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    I doubt 99% of the kids on the boards know what plumbers putty is..... :)
     
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  3. 86golf

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    Good point. Maybe they will share their experiences using Play-Doh:)
     
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    I just added weight to one of my frames and I used hot glue gun for holding of the fishing weights instead of the cotton balls, so potential movements of the weights is greatly decreased.

    Fedja
     
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  5. Irvin

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    LMAO, How true it is. I bet you they wouldn't know of you called it plumers puddy. But is you called it silly putty I bet they would recoginize it. But you got to know we are on someone's plumbing list.

    Irvin
     
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    Yea, use plumber's putty if you want a water tight handle :p
     
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  8. bsandy

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    I use pennies and nickels, double sided tape to hold them in place, and a cotton ball to keep it all pressed together.

    . . . Bud
     
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  9. marosmith

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    just make sure it doesn't slide up the throat of the racket.
     
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  10. 86golf

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    This probably works too, but I don't have it laying around in my garage like the plumbers putty. For all I know, they may be made with the same materials.
     
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  11. Roberto_spin

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    Playdoh

    I actually used Playdoh from my kids (tons of it lying around at home) and it's really easy to add 10gram of weight in the handle and to remove it.
    I believe it's also a cheaper solution than blu tac.

    Anyone else tried playdoh?
     
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  12. Faithfulfather

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    I would think that play-doh would dry out. My son's is always drying out if left out uncapped. I think it would eventually dry up and find its way into the head of the racket. Use plumbers putty or blu-tak.
     
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  13. dgoran

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    Playdo will find its way to the head for sure it happened on mine I had to remove grommets and but cap to remove it it was real pain
     
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  14. Roberto_spin

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    Hmmm, I was just on time removing the Playdoh... It was there for about 3 months.
    I haven't thought about it being dry out... Guess I haven't played enough with it when i was little :)
     
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  15. Power Player

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    Yeah you have to use blue tak or putty that stays the same and doesnt dry out.

    I use it in my sticks. It is really easy to get the exact weight I want and it stays in place. I hug it around the divider at the end of the hairpin when you open the buttcap.

    Basically if you pop off the buttcap, all you will see in my stick is the putty.
     
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  16. TimothyO

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    Given the amount of centrifugal force involved how do you prevent the putty from moving deeper into the handle?

    I've been tempted to try plumber's putty or silicone since they would seem to be really good vibration dampening too. But I haven't bothered since I can't figure out how to keep all that weight close to the butt bap (on PSGTs I can pop off the lid on the butt cap and see into the handle).
     
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  17. dje31

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    Wrap it in saran / cling wrap to keep it altogether.
     
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  18. Absolute

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    Use cotton balls to stop the putty from going down the handle
     
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    Not necessary with Blu-Tack, the stuff sticks to itself more than to the hairpin.
     
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  20. Steve Huff

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    I guess you could use Silly Putty. I've never seen it dry out. Where do you get Blue Tac? What's the original use?
     
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    I puttied my team. I will go check on it, but what I did was fold it around the divider you see when you pop the cap.That way it is anchored in there.
     
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    I dont know about where to find it in the US, but in the UK its sold in stationary stores and DIY stores. Its used to hang up posters, signs to walls without having to use nails.

    Hope that helps :)
     
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  23. dman72

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    This. I use the poster tack I got at CVS, I think it's 3m. Stays put perfectly and adds any easily measurable amount.
     
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  26. dje31

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    It's also nicely segmented in 0.25oz slices.
     
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  27. TimothyO

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    Good idea!

    I wonder how well cotton balls really work. I thing they would compress over time and, if really securing the putty/silicone/whatever, the weight would shift towards the throat over time.
     
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