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Rod Buidling 101 ~~~~~~~~~~ 2-12-12

waited all week for my mudhole oredr.. couldnt wait to get started..Watched youtube vids of builder all week..great place for info..

Package arrived Fri - right on time for the weekend..

inspected all the parts....

and none of them would work...
-tip tops just too small...
-reamer to small and junk..I relized I need 3-4 differrnt sized reamers anyway..
-Rod handle kits ( like st croix ) too small..would be any cork left after I fit it..
and they forgot the Epoxy..

so I returned just about everything - except the hook keepers & another Fuji hardalloy guide set ( BYLG-309)

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Decided I didnt want to pay $70+ for a set of reamers and I would make my own,,,, went to the store and picked up some sand paper, Epoxy, china marker and other supplies... Cut up some old rods with the right tapers and supper 77 glued 36 grit to - it --- WORKED PERFECTLY ! 2 buckS!

also - picked any organizer to put everything in


Made the 3 reamers I needed and was on a roll... got the grips and reall seat on..Sat night..solid as a rock the next day..

Step 2 = re order the exact items i needed based on the dims.. went to the Grand opening of Harbor Freight and picked a nice pair of Digital Calipers...so Now I know I have the Right Parts!

can;t wait to get the guides on//

Ebay Sales @ $900...sweet..


Pd

This post edited by pdspeh69 11:50 PM 02/12/2012













posted by pdspeh69 at 11:39 PM | 1 comments

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1 Comments:

pdspeh69 said...

Advice on the Finish Coat for the winding thread/ guides.:



after a few minutes of gentle stirring (check directions) pour out onto flattened foil. turn a 4-5 inch square of foil up along the edges to help maintain the goop. you will probably notice countless small bubbles in the finish. like riptide says, gently exhale closely onto the finish and all of the bubbles will quickly disperse/pop.

use craft popsicle sticks to mix; buy a box at a craft or fabric mega store, pretty cheap and useful for years. i use the white plastic flexcoat stirrers.

in application, brushes are offered by flexcoat. some say they notice more air bubbles are introduced with brush application. part of the problem is people use the brush to actually brush. i use those fake

plastic credit cards (these days, they're simply plastic coated on one side) cut into slightly different width strips to apply the finish to the wraps. and the technique is to dab the strip (or brush) into the finish and hold it against the thread wrap as the blank is turned. i usually hold it along the bottom.

if you've practiced and turn the blank quickly enough and are precise, each wrap should take a few seconds each, but beginners may take a minute or 2. speed comes with practice. just remember time is the enemy here. the longer you wait (and imagine the time spent for a beginner on a 9 foot blank with double wraps for snake guides) the thicker the finish will become. and the more chance you'll have some interesting but unwanted results. you should complete all wraps within 15 mins. i hit the bigger wraps first (winding check area and strippers), then the ferrule wraps and tip top, then the remaining guides.


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