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Old 10-27-2017, 12:54 AM   #1
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I rented the tool from Steen to install new bungees on my Skybolt. The first two went ok but the third one keeps getting stuck in the tool and cut. I've already ruined two and this is getting expensive!! What am I doing wrong??


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Old 10-27-2017, 01:18 AM   #2
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Shim the tool on the back to eliminate the slop is about all you can do with that tool. Sorry to say, this is what happens with a poorly built bungee tool.


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Old 10-27-2017, 01:21 AM   #3
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You are not doing anything wrong! Their tool is a piece of crap, you are not the first one to have this problem with their tool, and I am surprised they have not fixed it?! Pvt message me with your phone number and best time to call, and perhaps I can help. Dave
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Yes the tool is worn out
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Ditto. Where are you? I've got one that I built that should work. I'll loan it for free but shipping is so darn terrible. (I just shipped two chutes, $72 WV to FL)

Easier and cheaper, you should be able to install a plate of bent flat stock over the top of tool to cover the gap the bungee is getting wedged into?

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I rented the same tool...crap.

Talk to Dave. He saved me a lot of hassle.

That was enough pain that I'm building a few sets.
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I have had that happen before. if the gap is not too big, you can put a piece of thick plastic (I use pieces cut from a plastic coffee can) under the cord and it will prevent the cord from wedging into that gap.
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i have used waxed paper around the cords.
Where are you located? Maybe someone nearby has a better one you can borrow.
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Looks to me like Steen owes you some new Bungees!
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Are you lubing everything up? you need a few tubes of water based lube so the bungees slide around easily . The pharmacist will give you strange looks

Although that tool does look to have a large gap which wont help.
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I used baby powder as lube. Just put some in a ziplock then put bungees in and shake. Worked great. Just used a airblower after to blow them off. I believe Mr. Baxter is who told me that trick. Need to close up that gap on the tool for sure.
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I rented the tool from Steen to install new bungees on my Skybolt. The first two went ok but the third one keeps getting stuck in the tool and cut. I've already ruined two and this is getting expensive!! What am I doing wrong??
Thanks for the use of your tools, they made it easy. Rick

Hey Rick glad to hear my bungee tools did the job for you, and thanks for the care package and "T" shirts from Scaled Composites, but it was not necessary or required. Dave
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Dave

You took the time to help me out and send a total stranger two bungee tools never asking for anything. It's the least I could do!

My buddy who is helping me has been bugging me to post pictures of the rebuild. I will this weekend I promise!

This is what I started with
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Well Rick, you sent them back, that is always a good thing, and makes me happy. Cant wait to see what you have done to that airplane my friend? Looking forward to that? Dave


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