46935Re: Ripped kites / Warranty
- Feb 1, 2002Whenever I get a small 'nick' in the main panels I patch it up
with 'spinnaker tape' (self adhesive ripstop tape). I make sure that
the edges of the nicks are well alligned, put on a patch well bigger
than the nick and repeat the process on the reverse side making sure
not to overlap the edges (which are of course cut rounded).
I would think this should eliminate the weakness caused bt the
original nick ?
Problem is that it is really hard in hindsight to see where the tear
started. It for sure follows the stitching once it rips, but I guess
that is only natural as 'tear along the dotted line' will be the path
of least resistance and not necesarily mean that this is where the
I have noticed that many kites develop tiny pinholes over time
(caused by sharp pieces of sand ?) that are extremely difficoult to
see. I observed these on my black Airblast while holding it up
against the light.
--- In kitesurf@y..., "Kitepower" <kitepower@b...> wrote:
> G'day Pete
> Your advice re repairs is good, but I must disagree with
> "terminalveloce wrote"
> There is also no doubt that some batches of fabric are faulty -
> they have a weakness running through them - and this can occur
> in the middle of a role. I have a suspicion that large inflatables
> are maybe more prone to fabric defects due to the relatively large
> panel sizes. At the end of the day though I reckon it's usually
> poor load distribution, caused by other problems, bad design,
> build quality or repair, that makes an otherwise healthy looking
> panel fail.
> This is just not true mate, cloth is inspected and tested at
> during manufacture, defected bits are removed and maybe sold as
> various uses (stunt/sport kites, some foils!!)
> All the cloth used in the inflatos is virtually the same ripstop
> 1st grade cloth.
> All inflatable sled kites load the centre panels quite highly, ANY
> NICK OR CUT can turn into a doorway sized tear, if not properly
> I recommend the glue method of repair for tears in these areas of a
> kite, so that you are not placing a row of needle holes in this
> area, which are leaving the area weakened and readily able to tear
> I think Ole realizes that these rips are attributable to pre-
> or bad repairs?
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