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KettonJake

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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #30 on: October 04, 2019, 01:07:37 PM »

Its true and i absolutely love the GM sheets. The GN extratec come a close 2nd. I would never have removed it if i didnt have to repair that face crack

They are the same thing made by the same company

Most brands use the same product produced by one manufacturer.

Always take a sheet off edge to edge and heat it (hairdryer) first to avoid stripping any wood

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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #31 on: October 05, 2019, 12:52:48 AM »

Its the GM Neon 808 that i got back in February. Hasnt yet fully opened up enough for me to take it into a game. Been just netting with it and today i notice this. What started as a surface crack on the face (which i superglued and sanded) You can now already see the crack forming all along the toe. Can this be saved at this point or is it just a matter of time?





Just had a closer look at that crack. Looks like the one going through the toe is not starting from the face crack i.e maybe not so bad, possible that on the toe line isn't a crack. what does the back of bat look like?
Best bet is to take off the tape, give that area of the face and the toe a sand down with a orbital sander to a nice smooth finish then asses the cracks. superglue on the sanded toe will highlight cracks as they turn darker and more visible.
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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #32 on: October 05, 2019, 08:57:50 AM »

Just had a closer look at that crack. Looks like the one going through the toe is not starting from the face crack i.e maybe not so bad, possible that on the toe line isn't a crack. what does the back of bat look like?
Best bet is to take off the tape, give that area of the face and the toe a sand down with a orbital sander to a nice smooth finish then asses the cracks. superglue on the sanded toe will highlight cracks as they turn darker and more visible.
Will do that mate. Cheers
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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #33 on: November 22, 2019, 09:44:05 AM »

So an update on this. As i expected, it was inevitable and the crack accross the toe gave up and split the bat right open. It did give me the opportunity to shove a lot of glue in there and clamp it back together. Tried to insert 2 dowels of 8mm x 7cm to reinforce, the first one was perfect but botched the 2nd one which broke about a few mm from the top when i was hammering it in so i filled it up with glue and sawdust and gave the whole thing a nice sanding to smooth things out. I have had 3 nets with it since the repair and it looks like it has held up pretty well. Some life left in this feather afterall. Here are some pics





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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #34 on: November 22, 2019, 03:56:08 PM »

Good effort. Though I would redrill the spilt dowel, even if it is 15mm into the edge, as the dust and glue wont last and will look a bit bodged.
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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #35 on: June 02, 2020, 01:58:13 PM »

What do you think guys? Can it be repaired? If so how would you tackle it?

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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2020, 02:15:33 PM »

No. In my view a front to back split is terminal. Some may say to glue and dowel or glue and bind,  but I think this will quickly lead to further and more dramatic splitting.
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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #37 on: June 02, 2020, 02:52:00 PM »

The bat maker at GN mentioned i could open the crack with a knife and glue it with gorilla wood glue and clamp but could not guarantee how long the repair would last.
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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #38 on: June 02, 2020, 03:33:18 PM »

You could but as I said it will create an artificial hard plane through the willow which in my experience will lead it to crack further and more spectacularly. The brand of glue is immaterial. Have a go and see for yourself. You never know it may be fine.
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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2020, 04:06:18 PM »

You could but as I said it will create an artificial hard plane through the willow which in my experience will lead it to crack further and more spectacularly. The brand of glue is immaterial. Have a go and see for yourself. You never know it may be fine.

Noted. You mentioned binding. What would you bind it with?
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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #40 on: June 02, 2020, 04:40:28 PM »

Noted. You mentioned binding. What would you bind it with?

Fishing line nylon would be great ....

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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #41 on: June 02, 2020, 04:46:39 PM »

Fishing line nylon would be great ....

Is this suitable?

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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #42 on: June 02, 2020, 06:34:25 PM »

I fixed this a while ago, but with the condition I couldn't gaurantee it may not last. It hasn't been used yet I don't think, so no idea how it will go. Lots of glue, clamping and a few dowels.

I've never been sure how much strength the line gives a bat, it won't stop it going imo but may just stop it from falling to bits I suppose.

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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #43 on: June 02, 2020, 07:19:02 PM »

The bat maker at GN mentioned i could open the crack with a knife and glue it with gorilla wood glue and clamp but could not guarantee how long the repair would last.

Thats exactly what you can do mate. You will be amazed how well they can hold up after repairs. One thing to consider though is how you bat! If you swing from the hip and maybe bat more when its smash and go than the chances of it going again are that bit higher. Remove the scuff get lots of Gorilla wood glue in and clamp for 24 hours. Drill probably 3 holes in that through the edge and down and then sand and scuff.

Here is a bat of mine i repairs last summer and used all last season. Not as bad I dont think as your GN but the spit went a third of the way up the back, all through the toe and about 4inch into the face of the bat. This was just glued and clamped.

Its still a gun bat now and been netting with it last few weeks.








Worst case it breaks but all you will have lost is a few hours of your time but its lots of fun in my opinion working with bats.
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Re: Can this be saved?
« Reply #44 on: June 03, 2020, 04:17:57 AM »

The OG bat in this post did last a few more uses but split again not in the same spot but a few mm across. Since then it has been seeing some softball use and gifted to a friend who plays tennis ball cricket
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