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Otto Kraan
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On Blu Tack

Post by Otto Kraan » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:38 am

An often-recommended fix for a multitude of UP ills [sic] is Blu Tack. This term has become fairly generic at this point (e.g., kleenex), with almost any poster adhesive given the name. But it has been my experience that "blue tack" sold in N. America is significantly more sticky/tacky than its European counter part. So much so that use of it in many applications of pipe fixery is at one's peril.

Instead, I would recommend rope caulk (used in insulating windows). I have tried various brands of this type of material and none of them have stuck inextricably to any of the parts of my instruments.

Two questions:

1. What putty-like material works for you?

and

2. Where do you choose to place your blob of it for ready access? I'll go first on this one: my blob is on my bellows hose plate.

Discuss.

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Re: On Blu Tack

Post by Bill » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:13 am

I use blue poster putty and I can't remember what brand since I bought it years ago. I've never had a problem getting it off of any surface. I really don't use it much any more, but I used to park my local blob on the drone stock.
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Re: On Blu Tack

Post by outofthebox » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:34 am

The only time I use tack is to seal the ends of my drone reeds when I make them and also for supporting them in a good cone of tack on the outside of the reed seat to prevent vibration shaking them loose. I don't need any extra.

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Re: On Blu Tack

Post by DMQuinn » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:53 am

Otto Kraan wrote:and

2. Where do you choose to place your blob of it for ready access? I'll go first on this one: my blob is on my bellows hose plate.

Discuss.

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O.K., indeed! What do you think the umbilicus is for, then?

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Re: On Blu Tack

Post by Otto Kraan » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:57 am

Those pipe makers think of everything!

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Re: On Blu Tack

Post by PJ » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:39 am

DMQuinn wrote:... What do you think the umbilicus is for, then?
You realise some impressionable young pipers are going to think you are serious!!
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Re: On Blu Tack

Post by awilde569 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:01 pm

As long as this doesn't take a turn for the worse and go into the benefits of using belly button lint for buffing you can't go but so wrong :wink:
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