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Mark Talmo
You are correct, Norman.
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Today
Mark Talmo
For those interested, Amine Blush only occurs during the curing cycle, not after cured. It results in a thin, sticky, waxy film on the surface yet is quite clear. On the other hand, many CURED epoxies will develop a milky appearance on the surface if left in contact with water but will usually clear-up if allowed to thoroughly dry-out = dry warmth.
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Today
Mark Talmo
Eric, I think it was Ralph O’Quinn who researched Amine Blush and determined the phenomenon was caused by precise ratio amounts of both humidity (moisture) and CO2 in the atmosphere. Moisture alone will not necessarily increase the chances of Amine Blush. Most thread finish epoxies must have been formulated to minimize or eliminate AB as evidenced by the extremely rare cases reported. Polyeste
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Today
Mark Talmo
Thank you for the continuing replies. Michael, if you take the liberty to say Tom answered my question in his reply then I’ll take the liberty to say his reply supports direct contact with the blank is more sensitive than foam core grips and seat inserts. I think Steve is on the same page as me by suggesting “… is to eliminate the need for arbors altogether…” However, I think my finger tips are
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Yesterday
Mark Talmo
Thank you to those contributing additional comments. Joe, I truly appreciate you taking the time to reply with such a knowledgeable, in-depth and understandable explanation. The most important issues you mentioned dealt with moment of inertia and modules of the material; in this case we want the smallest moment of inertia (highest stiffness to weight ratio) and the highest modules (density). Whi
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Yesterday
Mark Talmo
Michael, Tom and Joe, Thank you for your comments; they are understood and well received. I apologize for any confusion but, as the title of the topic suggests, I was hoping to learn if a foam core transmitted vibrations (feel) as well as direct contact with the blank. I am quite well versed in foam core technology through my structural composite sandwich knowledge and am certainly not confusin
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2 days ago
Mark Talmo
I have been curious as to the efficiency of foam cores to transmit the vibrations (feel) from the blank to the outer skin and ultimately the hand or fingers, be it a CF skinned grip or reel seat insert. If feeling the vibrations of the blank is paramount, then direct contact with the blank itself would produce the ultimate sensation of such. Foam, by nature, possesses an insulating property, both
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2 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thanks, Dan. I have actually tried that.
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4 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thank you to those replying. Apparently, the general consensus considers typical, rigid woodworking lathe tools appropriate only for initial concentricity of the cork handle. I have used “cheese graters” similar to the Shinto and Surform tools (with a lengthwise convex surface) for other applications in the past and they seem to be a good candidate for turning cork as well = good suggestion. I
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thank you also to Roger, Phil and John.
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thanks, Gary. I assume you use the Shinto tool against the tool rest?.?.?
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
Tom, Thank you for your anticipated and welcomed reply. After watching numerous videos such as your offering, I am hoping to receive hands-on replies from other veteran builders as well to learn any tricks-of-the-trade. While I can accomplish concentricity, draping sand paper over the cork grip can be a bit less than perfect to accomplish such. While possibly (probably) splitting hairs, if a lat
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6 days ago
Mark Talmo
As the title suggests, what lathe tool minimizes damage to cork while turning? Along the same milling vein, what turning speed seems to produce the best results? While realizing such a soft and inconsistent material as cork will always be prone to shredding and ripping chunks out while turning, there must be a specific tool which works better than all the others. Having limited experience, I am r
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Carl, Are you still with us?
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Nathan, As stated earlier, you need to decide which is more important; the seat or the rod! Rarely can one have his cake and eat it too. After you determine such, proceed with the veteran advise above. If the old seat is sacrificed, be prepared to build-up the blank at the seat location to accommodate for it being smaller than the butt of the blank when installing from the rear (unless you are
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Carl, If you care to do so, inspect the linked photos of the rod tubes I fabricate. They are light, strong, quick and easy to open/close and yet quite inexpensive. If interested further, see my construction instructions in the forum under Build Custom Rod Tubes for Your Customers dated 03/20/2019.
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Keith, One way or the other, all of the above replies are correct. Personally, I do not care for the flashy looks of most winding checks and employ thread epoxy in lieu of on a regular basis. A precisely reamed and fitted cork foregrip deserves to have the crisp edge exposed and a small ramp of clear epoxy affords such. Other times I may add some sort of pigment to the epoxy. With an epoxy ramp,
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Lynn, I am leaning in that direction as well. Norman, I certainly cannot argue. I have already tried ThreadMaster, but the light version while I know you prefer the regular. While it has yellowed a bit in the last few months, it appears to be much less than any other finish I have tested with the exception of CTS Crystal Coat; I have not tried Hitena. I have witnessed talk of the Gen4 and am cur
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Nick, At the risk of sounding remote or uninterested, try both out and see what you ultimately prefer. Norman, you make me feel bad because my Mommy told to “waste not, want not” and it was also years ago yet still worthy and wise. However, after cleaning my FlexCoat brushes in acetone for the first year or so, I tried Roger Wilson’s suggestion of using disposable children’s art brushes from Wal
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
No one could argue that point!!! 2X from me as well.
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Thank you to all who took the time to reply. Michael, I live in So Cal but do not know how cold the UPS trucks were delivering my order. While I cannot be certain, it may be unlikely excessive cold caused my issue. But then, my previous oxidation and/or UV contamination observations can almost be ruled-out as well. Billy, I wanted to learn more unbiased opinions before contacting ProKote. Roge
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Thanks again, Tom. I suspect you may be correct in that it was simply old stock. But it must have been extremely old stock if that much darker (and noticeably darkening further each week) than my present 2-3 year old on-hand supply. That is what has me baffled. Once again, I should have immediately returned it. I am still interested in other’s experiences, ideas and comments. Please offer your o
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Tom, Thank you for the reply. While I have experienced and agree with you that all epoxy hardeners will eventually “turn” as you stated, I am concerned with why this new bottle has turned immensely darker over a considerably shorter period of time than any of the previous bottles of the same brand hardener. Did you get an opportunity to view the comparison photo? Although I was not fortunate eno
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Through my composite experience, I am aware that virtually all epoxies will eventually yellow, some more than others. Whether in the cured state or still liquid in the bottle/can, this can be most commonly due to oxidation or UV factors. In my five years of rod building, I have experienced yellowing, even browning, of the thread finish hardener while still in the bottle, but not to an excessive,
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Glen, There is a huge difference between “rod (blank) finish” and “thread finish” and I am not certain to which you are referring. When referring to coating a blank, U40 PermaGloss has become the industry standard; it is a one-part, moisture-curing urethane which produces a very nice finish on blanks and some even use it for thread wraps as well. It applies very thinly to avoid excessive weight
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Scott, As you apparently discovered, I have found JTOBs generally look better if the main thread is darker and the inlayed leaves are lighter; it seems to hold true with modified JTOBs as well. I use various forms of JTOBs frequently and have not experienced any issue with them “showing” with either A or D thread.
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Chris, I personally prefer the KWs over the MNs or LNs, even if the RV is 90* and the KWs are slanted. The KWs are just a great guide in every aspect. Hopefully Norman is still viewing your post and will afford his opinion. Maybe even Jim Isling will comment. I will continue viewing your post to learn from the veterans.
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Michael, Consider a concerted effort to not attempt discovering any more “new ways to break a rod” LOL. Sorry about the rod.
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2 months ago
Mark Talmo
Tom, Herb is correct on all counts. He may have misunderstood your question though. I think you were asking if a shinny clear coat will bring out/enhance the appearance of the fiber weave = yes. While it will add weight to the rod, the tip section in particular, the amount is minimal and probably undetectable to the majority of fishermen, even fly fishermen. One thin coat of U40 PermaGloss will
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3 months ago
Mark Talmo
While one might initially assume attaching a conventional reel to a rod with only a bottom clamp and no seat might allow the reel to spin on the grip, three of my frequent fishing buddies have a total of five seatless rods used for yellowtail and none have experienced reel slippage. While I personally do not particularly care for the set-up, I have witnessed them landing 25lb YT which the general
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