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Tom Kirkman
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The OP stated that he did not wish to build his own. .............
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
There are some knock-off PG type products which are also moisture curing urethanes. .............
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7 days ago
Tom Kirkman
PermaGloss also makes an excellent thread wrap coating, although it does not offer the same look at epoxy. I would not use Tru-Oil as a CP. It will darken the threads considerably. ............
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7 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Tru-oil is more of a shellac than an actual oil. It does dry hard. However, you'll have to test it with the PG. I think you'll be okay but I have never attempted to put PG over Tru-Oil. ..............
Forum: rodboard
8 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Most guides are terribly overbuilt for the job they are intended to perform. Blanks will fail long before the guides will. So, what are the lightest guides that can be employed to perform the required task, and for many seasons? ..........
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9 days ago
Tom Kirkman
I've never had one come loose or pop open. It's a pretty good design all the way around. Hang on for a bit and see what others have to say about their experiences with them. ..........
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10 days ago
Tom Kirkman
CTS builds a high quality product. .........
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11 days ago
Tom Kirkman
"Some of his blanks have definitely taken a beating" If you're wondering whether or not to build for him on a high end blank, I think you have answered your own question. ..............
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13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Michael Sutheimer Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Tom Kirkman Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > I wouldn't use a paste epoxy. Gel, yes, but not > > paste. > > > > ....... > > I incorrectly use the two terms interchangeably. > Sometimes I catch myself sometimes I don't. Ye
Forum: rodboard
13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
I wouldn't use a paste epoxy. Gel, yes, but not paste. .......
Forum: rodboard
13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Ideally you want what is known as a "slip fit." This means the arbors fit with no slop, but not so snugly that they are hard to slide the seat over. Most likely if you use a gel-type epoxy you'll find them to be just about right. ...............
Forum: rodboard
14 days ago
Tom Kirkman
David, It hasn't really been a firestorm. If people provide ideas and comments back and forth that's what this forum is all about. I'm sure some picked up some new ideas. ..........
Forum: rodboard
14 days ago
Tom Kirkman
David, The American Roller guides do require precise locations on the blank in order to work. Spiral wrapping roller guides is always a challenge, even those that are purpose built for the job. I know several builders who champion the method of allowing the guides (not rollers) to shift/spin to their own desired locations as the blank is loaded. We've run at least two if not three articles
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14 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Mike, Please lay off the "troll" comments. They're not necessary to make your point. Kent, You have made some very bold claims on a forum that hosts many very intelligent people. You have to expect some to refute them. Otherwise everybody play nice. .......
Forum: rodboard
14 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Mike has not broken any of the forum rules, nor have you. ..............
Forum: rodboard
14 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Old myths die hard. It's happened because it works. It dispenses with old common ways of thinking and provides a straightforward means of providing an inherently stable rod. What you wish to call it is not really anything more than semantics. There are many types of spiral wrap methods. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses and it is up to the individual rod builder to decide which method
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15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Phil Ewanicki Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Have any strength tests compared the breaking > point between rods with > guides built on spine versus those built ignoring > spine? If there is no significant difference why > spend time worrying about, finding, and building > on spine? I always wondered: When people who > believe that sp
Forum: rodboard
15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
That's the problem for those of us who do - there is only so much time and money to go around. ...................
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15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
I won't offer the magazines online for a variety of reasons which I've outlined many times. In the meantime I don't think you understand the circulation of the magazine and just how many people it reaches. I knew Pat and liked him very much. I don't believe his spiral wraps were any more advanced than anyone else's, just different. You (or anyone) could certainly put together a list and ov
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15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The Simple Spiral has been well received by tens of thousands in the custom rod building craft. It won't satisfy everyone but it does satisfy many. It is often recommended here precisely because so many use and like it. The Revolver Spiral is likely the most popular spiral wrap method in use for all time. There are things about it I don't like, but that doesn't make it bad. For its intended p
Forum: rodboard
15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Where does the Simple Spiral fail? Use a rub prevention guide and the line won't touch the blank. Who are these people who came here and built them and then refused to use them? And it doesn't cause line stacking. No one has pushed anyone to use it or any other method. They are all out there and available for rod builders to decide which one appeals to them the most. ........
Forum: rodboard
15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The Simple Spiral, assuming you do understand what that is, is not a colossal failures in any sense of those words. It works perfectly fine.. It has no transition guides and offers a very straight line path, the only deviation is slipping by one side of the blank. It's the only one I use, although I think many of the others have their place as well. .................
Forum: rodboard
15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The straightest axis and the spine are rarely on the same plane. The effective spine is the softest axis and will generally put any curve about 90 degrees off to one side, give or take a bit. If you look at the photo here on page 2, you can get an understanding why. The names I mentioned are legends in the fishing world and I think most long time rod builders will recognize them and the compa
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15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The contrast really comes from the bottom layer. Black and white or black and yellow tend give the most contrast. ...............
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15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
"All the others in the industry?" Sorry, that's not true. Dick Kantner didn't worry over spine. Nor did Don Green. Jason Brunner wrote an article for RodMaker a few years ago and detailed how St. Croix uses a laser to find the straightest axis and builds on that. You would be better and more correct to say, "Like some others in the industry." ...............
Forum: rodboard
16 days ago
Tom Kirkman
David, Have you ever noticed guys on party boats moving down the line with a fish on and how they allow the rod to spin so that the reel is upside down as they move down and along? That's because the lever arm effect of the guides turn the rod to that orientation. A spiral wrapped rod will allow you to support even a heavily loaded rod with an open palm and remain perfectly upright, even wi
Forum: rodboard
16 days ago
Tom Kirkman
It has been done, at least in terms of maximum deadlift capacity: As far as "performance" I'm not sure what that entails or how you could measure it. Casting "accuracy" without some sort of mechanized, verbatim casting process would be impossible to assess. ..............
Forum: rodboard
16 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Rod twist is determined by guide orientation. Regardless of where you orient the spine, the lever arm effect of the guides will overcome it. This isn't an opinion, it's physics. If the guides are located on top of the rod, the rod will attempt to twist under load regardless of where the spine is oriented. This is typically negated by a gimbal or your grasp on the rod. If the guides are locate
Forum: rodboard
17 days ago
Tom Kirkman
It refers to Action, and to very slow action blanks in particular. Even with a slight load on the blank tip, the initial flex is over the entire blank rather than just a shorter portion of it. And yes, all blanks will flex into the butt if you apply enough load to them. ............
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