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Bob Balcombe

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When I first started building and repairing rods I can remember it was masking tape that every one used for arbors including major manufactures. What I found was that those that failed were the ones That did not have a good glue bond. What I observed was the bonding agent was just on the outside of the tape and there was no penetration So what I started doing and I even do it to foam arbors today. I cut thin slices across the width of the tape and on abors today to the blank. I do this on 8 axises. If I am using dry wall tape I do not have to cut slices. Do to the fact the tape is poris and the bonding agent goes from the blank all the way to the reelseat

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Bob,

Used masking tape all my life, but I only use three small bands and the all sit well inside the reelseat tube. I am very generous with the epoxy so the tape never sees water. It's pretty much solid epoxy under there. Never had a failure, even on all the offshore stuff or the rods my friend leave on the roof racks 365 a year. Knock wood? Don't think I need to, but what the heck... Knock knock!!

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I also use minimum amount of tape and have a method to fill 100% with epoxy. I am interested in further information of the foam bushings you mentioned. What are they , where do you get them. Use , etc if you have the time , please elaborate.

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My experince has been that there was not enough bonding agent used . Masking tape will also dry out and loosen over time. That was why I sliced my maasking tape To make sure glue got in beteen and in to the tape. I now use dry wall tape, that way I know I have a bond from the reelseat to the blank. I also use Rod Bond. Most supplies have foam arbors (Graphite Arbors) like MudeHole, Anglers WorkShop and Jeans NetCrafter to name a few. Just go on line and look up custom fishing rod supplies

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The most important factor I have found is the type of Epoxy glue that is used. In the past only 24hour Epoxy was available and I had no failures. With the advent of 5 Minute Epoxy I have had failures. Unforntunately the older 24 hour type epoxy is no longer available in hardware or tackle shops in Australia. So the question now that I have is which brand of Epoxy is the strongest?

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I would never use 5 minute epoxy for a seat. I like Kardohl and the flexcoat rodbond depending on the gap size between the seat and blank. For thin gaps I like the rodbond. For thicker , the Kardohl.

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