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Old 01-26-2002, 01:46 PM
Tod D Tod D is offline
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Among Art, Doug (DFix right?), and Lrods, the tips here are invalualable. Thanks guys. Printed this thread out for future reference (read, rod #2 if I get up the courage to build my own grip...). Thanks guys.

Oh - I think Doug mentioned this before, but Smitty recommended cleaning up spilled, oozed, etc. epoxy with a bit of denatured alcohol before it dries. Beats having to sand it off afterwards (or, worse yet, not being able to remove it at all).

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Old 01-28-2002, 09:29 AM
DFix DFix is offline
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Tod -

I think you're asking my name? - it's Dave.

Re; the epoxy issue. Many more people THINK 'Flex-Coat' rather than 'Devcon' because it's recommended in equipment catalogs, websites, etc., and this whole rodbuilding thing is just taking off - even though it's been around forever...

Use the Devcon Two Ton - Flex Coat is really for finishing.

Art, I still haven't had a chance to ask the Devcon guy who lives across the fence from my nephew - I'll do it soon.

Acetone is the accepted solvent for wet epoxy. Denatured alcohol is also acceptable for cleanup.

Re; grip forming. I agree if you want to avoid aggravation (however you might view aggravation) use a pre-formed grip. I'm never quite happy with pre-installed grips; apparently my hands want to hold them differently or in different places than they were intended to be held by design.

I have Jumbo Victory grips on most of my golf clubs. When I pose my hand in grip-like form, I see a inside diameter circle of between 1 1/4 - 1 1/2"; I require that be filled with cork to feel comfortable. I use a 20 oz. leather grip, curve claw hammer on all construction work, including finish work.

Relevance: To me, the grips must fit my hands like shoes must fit my feet.
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