Thursday, November 8, 2012

Repairing a Rod Tip

A few weeks ago I noticed that one of my rod tips had lost an insert.

When eyes lose an insert they tend to damage line, so I put the rod away and waited for an opportunity to purchase a rod tip repair kit. Last weekend I picked a kit up at a local bait store, and finally got around to replacing the tip on the rod. The kit that I purchased was manufactured by Berkley, but there are many repair kits out there and I have used several of them before with nothing bad to say about any of them.
Following the instructions, the first step of the repair process is to heat the tip as to loosen the glue and remove the broken rod tip.

I then scrapped all of the excess glue off and moved on to the second step. Next, I chose the smallest eye in the kit, heated the tube of quick dry cement, and applied it to my rod tip.

The final step of the process is to align the rod tip to the rest of the eyes and hold in place for 5 seconds. At this point the tip should be as good as new, if the tip moves when you apply a moderate amount of pressure...heat it up, remove it, apply more glue, and try again.

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