LetsFlyaKite wrote:Is there an easy way to find out where a kite is leaking? Should I go over it with soapy water while the bladder is still in the sleeve? Or take the whole thing out and try to find it that way?
always always always find the general location of the hole first. Never just take out the bladder to check.
There are a hundred different possibilities of what can go wrong. Maybe the valve you pump up with is leaking. then all you have to do to fix it is unzip the leading edge do a restick and you are done. Maybe one of your cable ties came loose and it's leaking at the seal. then you don't even have to take anything apart. Just get a new zip tie. Perhaps the hole is allll the way at the end. then you don't have to take the bladder out at all, just undo the end and pull out a few inches so you can reseal the end.
I know it seems like extra trouble because a lot of the times you have to dunk your kite twice, once to find the general location of the hole (or holes) and then a second time to pinpoint the exact location. but it saves a lot of trouble. Especially if there is more than one hole you get a general idea of the problems. Maybe there are two holes in the bladder one on the right one on the left. If you pump it up hard both holes show easily. But then when you pull out the bladder only one hole seems to show. Because you got the general idea of the placement of the holes you will keep trying to find that second hole instead of putting the bladder back in and having to take it out again.
Just my advice, I treat my kites like garbage, stick it in the trees constantly, so I am pretty expert at fixing these bladders by now.
Last week I put my kite in a blackberry bush three times. One time because I misjudged my kiteloop. the second time because the kite was deflated and didn't catch me, and the third time because I can't seem to learn my lesson. got 10 holes from that little episode.