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Re: How to seal tiny hole in spreader bar?

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  • Chris Glazier
    This is a manufacturing flaw and you could get it replaced under warranty. But it is really no big deal. I would just use a big glob of silicon caulking over
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 15, 2004
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      This is a manufacturing flaw and you could get it replaced under
      warranty. But it is really no big deal. I would just use a big glob
      of silicon caulking over the hole.

      Chris Glazier


      --- In ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com, "John F. Kim" <jcasekim@y...>
      wrote:
      > Hello, expert kiters. I have a question about a tiny hole in my
      > spreader bar.
      >
      > I have a 10" stainless steel DaKine Hammerhead spreader bar. I
      used
      > it a few times to body drag and afterwards noticed some water
      seemed
      > to be coming out of it. After the second use, I could hear water
      > sloshing around inside and found a tiny hole at one end where the
      > Powerclip oval is welded to the main part of the bar. It was so
      > small that it was hard to pour the water out because no air could
      get
      > into the bar. I pushed the water out by alternately heating and
      > cooling the bar with hot and cold tap water (to expand the air
      > inside).
      >
      > Now that the spreader bar is reasonably empty, I'd like to plug
      the
      > hole, but with what? Should I use superglue, silicone caulk,
      rubber
      > repair sealant, "liquid metal" epoxy, or something else? What
      will
      > stick to stainless steel? GE silicone caulk will stick well to
      nearly
      > any clean surface, but the hole seems a little too small to
      actually
      > get any caulk into the hole.
      >
      > I could go the other direction and drill another tiny hole at the
      > opposite end so any water that gets in will drain out easily. Or
      is
      > the hole there for a good reason?
      >
      > --John Kim
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