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Should I repair or leave?

Postby maker » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:14 pm

I've been kiting a couple of years and last session I dropped the kite (Core TS) which flipped and turned inside out, I relaunched and sailed back to shore where a helper flipped it back and I carried on kiting. On deflating I found bladder had twisted near an end as it slowly deflated and at home I have removed and find and area about 2 inches across where the bladder has stretched and bubbled out if I inflate outside the Leading Edge.
I see two options:
1. Reinsert baldder and carry on.
2. Glue a large patch over the bubble using an old bladder material.
Any suggestions?

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Re: Should I repair or leave?

Postby kjorn » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:18 pm

2 beacuse why not? There's no downside.

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Re: Should I repair or leave?

Postby maker » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:29 pm

kjorn wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:18 pm
2 beacuse why not? There's no downside.
I I wondered if Flexible Storsure glue stretches as much as the baldder presumably does in the LE so avoids pinch poiints. The bladder sretches loads outside the LE but don't know how much inside.

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Re: Should I repair or leave?

Postby JakeFarley » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:36 pm

I've had a bubble/hernia in one of my strut bladders on my HP Nemesis for over 2 years and it is still holding. If it is not that bad, it might hold. If you don't feel comfortable with it (risk of deflating), either patch or replace.

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Re: Should I repair or leave?

Postby Windigo1 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:38 pm

A patch of Tear Aid over the area would be easier stronger and worry free.

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Re: Should I repair or leave?

Postby maker » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:36 pm

The diameter of the bladder os close to the LE so don't think it stretches much so think I'll be OK to cut a length of an old bladder and glue on mimmicking a Tear Aid. Glue delviered toorrow otherwise I would have ordered Tear Aid.

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Re: Should I repair or leave?

Postby FLandOBX » Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:00 pm

Use Tear Aid for most bladder repairs. I don't recommend glue on a bladder, because it will stress the areas beside the glue lines. You want reinforcement that does not add stress to specific areas, but rather stretches across all portions of the repair. That's Tear Aid.

If you are intent on using old bladder material to repair a hole, tear or weakness in a bladder, heat sealing the edges is the best adhesion method. There are how-to videos online.

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Re: Should I repair or leave?

Postby sflinux » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:07 pm

I would use Tear Aid. Clean the bladder with rubbing alcohol. Freeze the patch of tear-aid in the freezer, prior to use. This will give you more working time before the patch sets. Never overinflate (pressurize) a bladder outside a kite, as they'll get hernias. In addition, you could make a sleeve for the hernia.

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Re: Should I repair or leave?

Postby knyfe » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:50 pm

I would recommend to do nothing and just reinsert. You can still fix it when it’s really broken.

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Re: Should I repair or leave?

Postby ELI » Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:25 am

What Knyfe said, and in the meantime find a cheap or used bag sealer . You can open and close ,or repair blowouts ,even add to bladders with it


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