Is there an alternative method of installing a butt cap?

rosenstar

Professional
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.
 

Ripper

Hall of Fame
nail & hammer
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.
 

JW10S

Hall of Fame
nail & hammer
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.
 

Purostaff

Banned
I thought of doing this, but then thought it might not be too fun because a nail probally weighs a lot more than staples.
But it shouldn't matter if you do it for all your racquets unless you want to have that 'exact' weight for some reasons.
 

TheShaun

Hall of Fame
So, nobody here has, ever, tried silicone or another type of glue for this purpose?
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?
 

Keifers

Legend
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.
 

GS

Professional
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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GS

Professional
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.
 
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)
 

Ripper

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