cracked shank repair techniques

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Zeno Marx

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Has anyone ever tried pushing the needle of a fine syringe into a crack and squirting Elmer's into the crack, then clamping it? I'm thinking from the unseen part of the shank where it butts against the stem. Or pushing a sewing needle into the crack, like making a pilot hole, and then pumping Elmer's into the crack with a syringe?

My old camping pipe is a cripple (what my mentor called a damaged pipe) and has a horrid looking .925 band on it as a shank repair. I'm willing to experiment on it...unless this has been tried and doesn't work for beans. I've never liked metal bands on pipes, new or for repair.
 

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Zeno, that would probably work but consider higher strength wood glues like tightbond or weldwood original wood glue. We used weldwood on a/c wooden spars in older a/c.and I have never seen one break. The wood would crack again before the bond gave out.
 

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I've had great results in this situation with just putting a small amount of Elmer's, et.al., on the cracked line. Then gently working it into the crack using either my finger, a tooth pick, or a fine piece of wire. Work in what you can, wipe off the excess before it dries, repeat process until you're satisfied the crack is full. I then gently clamp it down with a wood clamp; I've used a wooden clothes pin with great success (the pinch kind with the metal spring!). FTRPLT
 

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I always use a rubberband when clamping round or oval shapes. The ones that used to come on broccoli are fantastic.

You aren't getting anything into this hairline crack with fingertip pressure.
 

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I've always just followed the crack out where it ends and drilled a hole with my smallest drill bit in my drill bit index to stop the crack from travelling further. I have the smallest drill bit built up on the end with electrical tape so I can twist it back and forth to drill the hole. Before I super glue the crack I'll put petroleum jelly over the inside of the hole to keep it from running into the inside of the pipe. Here is a link for you to check out. repairing a cracked shank | rebornpipes Clean the crack out the best you can with a dental pick or a needle.
 
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