: >Here's the problem: The metal sleeve that holds my flexis spar together has
: >come loose. I was just about to epoxy it (while reading this
: I wouldn't bother using glue at all.
: The sleeve that holds the Glass Fibre flexi spars together is a compression
: fit. I just ram it in as hard as I can, and then use PVC tape around each
: end of the sleeve.
I leave it loose and tape a piece of 1/8" shock cord (bungee material) across
the junction. Easy to take apart, and self-reseating every time the spar
is relaxed. I can disassemble/assemble the spar without removing it from the
pocket. Makes for fast setup/breakdown. I haven't ever had one of these
come apart in the air. It *would* add unwanted weight to an ultra light
spar, though. I got the idea from 'self-assembling' tent frames, but couldn't
figure a good way to attach the cord to the inside of the spar. I'd hate to
drive a wedge or pin down inside the tapered spar -- it would exert too
much splitting force before it was tight enough to hold. Maybe glue, but
too permanent and taping (reinforced strapping tape) works well enough.
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