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How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: Michael Hong (---.dsl.lsan03.pacbell.net)
Date: November 04, 2004 06:46PM

I like to fix my fishing rod. The tip top's ring has fallen off. I like to order a tip top but I don't know the proper size. How do I measure it?


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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: Larry Michaels (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: November 04, 2004 07:09PM

They're sold in 64ths of an inch ID tip top tubes. You can use calipers if you have them, or you might be able to do a search on the web of tip top sizes and use your old top as a guide.

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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: mel shimizu (---.lsanca54.dynamic.covad.net)
Date: November 04, 2004 07:51PM

Many sizes match drill bit sizes. Remove the tip from the rod and try inserting different drill bits until you find one that fits. It should not be real snug as the glue will consume some of the space. Convert the drill size to 64ths and you will have the correct size tip. For example, if the 1/8 drill bit fits, then the tube size of the tip is a size 8 ( 8/64 = 1/8 ). Some tips come in half sizes so you may have to use some judgement. Best way is with a caliper or a tip top guage. I once had a tool company send me a drill sizing guide on plastic stock. It is a plastic card with different size holes used for sizing drill bits. This comes in very handy for tip sizes too. Just insert the rod's tip into the various size holes and compute the drill size in 64ths. Perhaps some tool stores have these available.

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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: Michael Hong (---.dsl.lsan03.pacbell.net)
Date: November 04, 2004 07:57PM

Thank you for the answer.
I measured the diameter of rod where bottom of the tip top is. It is 0.099". So I think size 7 will be fine.
But how do I select the ring size?

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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: mel shimizu (---.lsanca54.dynamic.covad.net)
Date: November 04, 2004 08:05PM

You do not have a choice as to the ring size on a tip top. Typically, a rods guides are matched to the ring size of the tiptop. You may have a size 6.5 tube size. Where on the blank did you measure 0.099" ?
You should measure about 3/4" down from the tip as the blank will be bigger there. 6.5/64 = 0.101" 7/64 = 0.109 " A size 6 would be too small at 0.937"

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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: Michael Hong (---.dsl.lsan03.pacbell.net)
Date: November 04, 2004 08:38PM

Thank you for the prompt answers.

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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: Lou Reyna (---.hr.hr.cox.net)
Date: November 04, 2004 08:45PM

Merrock Tackle's online product catalog, page 73, for a graphic and text on how to measure rod tip tops.

Lou

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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: Randy Parpart (Putter) (---.nccray.com)
Date: November 05, 2004 12:26AM

Typically, a tube size 6 to 7 tip top is available with ring sizes anywhere from 6, 7 or 8.
Putter

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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: George Thurston (---.faa.gov)
Date: November 05, 2004 08:15AM

Or go to Mudhole and buy that $5 tip top measuring tool.

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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: bill boettcher (---.dialsprint.net)
Date: November 05, 2004 08:19AM

You should also get a book and wright down all the info of any rod you build. Make, model, size, tip-butt, guides, spacing. This way like now, if you need any info, as to if you sell it or have to repair it, you have all the info

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Re: How to measure the size of Tip Top?
Posted by: George Thurston (---.faa.gov)
Date: November 08, 2004 08:03AM

Bill

Good point. I just started doing this on the last three rods I built.

Nice to be able to look back at what you did, what you like, don't like, and apply that to the next rod.

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