|No.4 section in two pieces.|
What is done is done, so what are the options? Well, I could just buy a replacement section, I could have it 'professionally' repaired, or I could repair it myself. The cost of a new No.4 section is £69.99. As the pole section is not that expensive a professional repair would probably cost a good percentage of that. By the time delivery and collection costs are factored into the mix the total may well exceed the cost of buying a new section. If this was a more expensive section I would have had no hesitation getting it professionally repaired. As it is, this is a section that has already had a repair and maybe the best bet would be to buy another section...
...But that would be no fun!
|A typical repair kit|
|The MDF jig for holding the pole sections|
There is a video on-line that explains the process but be aware this video is out of date, and I could not find any diagrams of the jig as mentioned. The timings and quantities are wrong too, for the resin supplied in the kit. Check the instructions on the bottles of hardener and resin.
Making my jigThe side sections were squared, and dimensioned to be identical, from a piece of 18mm MDF. The third section needs to be at least 100mm narrower. All three parts were aligned and screwed together so the top edges are absolutely parallel. Four holes were bored through the jig. These are used to pass cable ties through to secure broken pole sections and hold them in perfect alignment. I made my jig so it was big enough to hold the sections rigidly in position.
Let's mend the pole section!Before fitting the broken pole sections to the jig, the area to be repaired was keyed with abrasive, ready to accept the resin.
|The keyed surface ready for joining|
|Cleaning the surface with isopropyl alcohol|
|I mix my resin in a stainless steel cup (chutney bowl). Note the modified 'lolly' stick|
|The first coat of resin is applied|
|Wrapped and bound with heat -shrunk tape|
|Removing the shrink-tape after the resin has cured|
|Ready to go - I might polish it later, but that will do to give it a try|