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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    I got distracted last weekend and didn't put it together. will update by this weekend :))
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Thanks! I will be trying to put it together and pull some strings on it. If it doesn't work, I know I have all the support I need here! :))
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Your machine must be a newer and improved model. Mine does not have the cut out groove to access the set screw to remove the tensioner rod. I had to take things apart to access the hex screw. My base is also not purple. Most importantly, my bar doesn't have the **** shown on yours -- it's a one...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Yes, yes. I plan on using some blue Loctite. Now I hope it's going to be smooth sail from this point on, i.e., everything else is in working shape, though I may need to take care of some tiny cracks on the nylon outer frame adapters soon. I think JB Weld should work on nylon but it will look...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Yes, my friends. Sorry for the unintentional suspense after all the phenomenal support that poured in! I was hoping to put it all together before reporting back and possibly show off my first strung racket. But my schedule didn't work out fast enough :)) So, my friend and I drilled through...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    I did waste many hours. I normally wear a Bluetooth earbud and sit in the corner :) I have plenty of penetrating oils except for Kroil. I also have plenty of ATF and Acetone. I don't like to touch them because both are nasty and hazardous they get on you. But now I know what to do if I run low...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    That was my first thought. But my "dremel" knockout's tiny rotary head was broken. And the cutting wheel is a bit too big anyway.
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Yes. According to wes and later my research it would be a good price if you aren't missing any parts (keep an eye on the 13 nylon inner frame adapters). It was not a good deal for me because I didn't notice the tension rod was actually broken, not disconnected, from the base.
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Yah. I heard about the use of ATF but never tried since I have enough cans from 3-4 brands. Project Farm has a comparison in which ATF with acetone came out in second place. In first place is Liquid Wrench.
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Thanks, everyone, for all the ideas. I took it to a friend who's a retired diesel mechanic. He suggested that we first try to weld a wire on it and pull it out. He also has a drill press. We will do it together after work when he can get around to it today or tomorrow. I also thought about...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Great insights! I think I will try re-using the old beam first. Thanks. I did get the drum with the broken stud separated from the pivot support and removed the tiny hex screw on the side that held the stud in place. Even after I sprayed a ton of PB Blaster (for three days now) the stud won't...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    The formula looks so simple. I will need to watch a couple of stringing videos to understand the relationship between the string gripper radius and the tension. Thanks.
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    BTW, I have a little bit of good news and a little bit of bad news, regarding Alpha tech support. The good news is Mark finally responded tonight and gave me the link to the Alpha Pioneer Series Manual. The bad news is they have exhausted all their replacement parts 24 years after the last one...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Eh? I wasn't as sophisticated as you think. How about you answer both questions? Now that you brought them up :)
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    Is this Alpha stringer any good?

    OMG, @Wes that was good!! You made me LMHO :laughing::laughing::laughing:
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Hey, @Wes . What do you think of a frequency analysis app for string tension measurement? Are they any good? Or, you have a decent affordable one to recommend? I guess I am going to have to need one however I fix the tensioner bar.
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    I am in the same line of thinking. Do you have a pretty accurate and affordable tension gauge to recommend?
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Yup! That's even easier. BTW, I may not need to drill the broken end on the base. In Wes' video, he found that the rod could actually be released from a hidden hex screw. I will find out this weekend when I take everything apart.
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    That's also a great idea, much DIY than welding. I may give it a try if I can't find the part or if it's pricey. I even thought about getting the broken piece out and just sticking the remainder into the hole. But then I will have to somehow recalibrate the scale marks since the bar is now...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Wow! You all must be living on the West Coast. Or, you will have to be a night owl. @loosegroove Thank you very much for that cool tip! @Wes A super nice and helpful video you made just for me! I really appreciate it! I tried to look down the little gap between the black metal and the chrome...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    Unfortunately, mine is a little different from yours. There is no guiding hole for an Allen key. I wonder if I can expose a hex screw somewhere if I take these discs apart. Here is my picture: broken bar I am curious. How did you insert the picture? It asks for the URL when I click the "insert...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    The level is a cast-iron core wrapped in a thin sheet of stainless steel. I say "cast-iron" because of the rust and "crisp" look of the broken area. I think if it were steel or regular iron, it would have bent before it broke off. I am disappointed with the quality of the material and...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    @loosegroove I did look for a screw but found none. I think @esgee48 is right. I hope it's a screw-in and not hammered in. If it's the former, I do have some reverse drill bits for extracting broken screws. If it's the latter, I guess I have to weld it up or call Alpha for the part? BTW, I...
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    Is this Alpha stringer any good?

    @Wes Well, as it turns out, I won't be stringing the racquet any time soon. I was trying to show my daughter what a stringer was like and came to find that the tensioner rod is broken from the base. The broken rod end was hidden inside the cylindrical weight. The other broken end is flushed...
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    Any idea on how to fix a broken drop weight tensioner lever?

    I bought an Alpha Pioneer III last night. When I looked at it today I realized I missed seeing that the rod is broken from the base (don't ask me why). I wonder if JB Weld is strong enough to fix it. Or, must I find a welder? Here is the link for the picture: Broken tensioner rod Thanks very...
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    Is this Alpha stringer any good?

    Great idea! @esgee48 And thanks for the suggestion. I will give them a ring.
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    Is this Alpha stringer any good?

    Yes, I will try to locate and contact him first. I did find a link to the pdf in this forum but it doesn't work any more. All these are great questions I want to find answers to. I am in IT and into all things DIY. So naturally, I am very interested in it but have never gotten around to trying...
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    Is this Alpha stringer any good?

    First of all, I need to apologize for my derogatory label on the seller. I guess I was a little frustrated because it was extremely hard to get her to respond to me and if she did, half of the time I couldn't understand her. And when I politely asked her to clarify, she would say "you can't...
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