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Bladder repair with iron, hints?

 
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railgrab

Since 29 Mar 2005
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Seattle, WA
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PostWed Jun 15, 05 9:45 pm    Bladder repair with iron, hints? Reply with quote

Anyone have hints on repairing a bladder with an iron? I've sealed the ends of a bladder this way, but my latest tear is a 2" gash away from the end. Patching this with heat is liable to seal the 2 layers of the bladder together as well as my patch, hmmm. My alternative is to get a 2"x3" adhesive patch... Airtime perhaps?
Ethan

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Yardsale

Since 29 Mar 2005
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PostThu Jun 16, 05 8:22 am     Reply with quote

Ethan, use a patch. If it is deformed (stretched bladder material) cut it away and place a piece of flat plastic, approx size of hole (use glad bag), over the hole-so you don't stick to other side of bladder. Make sure you clean with alcohol first. Helps to have two people so one person can hold material flat. Stephan Shocked

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blancoh2o

Since 15 Mar 2005
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PostThu Jun 16, 05 8:42 am     Reply with quote

Here is a really good link with pictures for you.
http://www.kitesurfingschool.org/bladderrepair.htm

And here is really good patch material to use.
http://www.tear-aid.com/

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railgrab

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PostFri Jun 17, 05 6:39 am     Reply with quote

After some brainstorming, here's how I just got my R2 20 back in action. First, I stuffed some rolled up parchment paper (use for baking) inside my bladder through the valve. I unrolled the paper and placed it underneath my 'C' shaped 3" blowout in the bladder. I then placed a cutout piece of bladder over the gash, covered with more parchment and ironed it into place using a medium level heat setting. My bladder stayed inflated overnight and now I just have to get the parchment back out. BTW, if you try this be very careful to flatten the bladder out well because any wrinkles or folds are liable to melt together.

Ethan

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