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Old Sep 28, 2015, 04:34 PM
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piercing holes through sail patches

Hi,
I am building a new set of sails for my son DF65 and I was wondering how do you do the holes in the sails through the reinforcement patches?
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Old Sep 28, 2015, 05:42 PM
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I have a soldering/Craft woodburning iron with a pencil tip. Just heat and melt your way through. Seals the edges so no problems. If not - use a nail of suitable size and pliers. Hold over a gas flame until red-hot and press through where you want the holes.
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Old Sep 28, 2015, 06:32 PM
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was tempted in doing that but was afraid that the hole would stretch bigger than the actual nail diameter with the heat no?
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Old Sep 28, 2015, 07:41 PM
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A punch set works too. Found a nice one in the paper craft section of the store. It has a spring in between a punch and a grommet setter.
Or heat up a piece of brass tube. Or a paper clip. Or a nail.

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Old Sep 29, 2015, 04:02 AM
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thank you for your response - will try the hot nail and see.
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Old Sep 29, 2015, 11:14 AM
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I use a 1/16 wire heated by a torch. Makes a hole and seals the edge at the same time.
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Old Sep 29, 2015, 12:37 PM
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A nail might be too big use a hot needle or something that size you can reheat and enlarge if needed but you can't shrink it.
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Old Sep 29, 2015, 01:12 PM
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I've found that a drill works pretty well. It melts the edge around the circle, giving some strength to the hole.
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Old Sep 30, 2015, 04:09 AM
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Using the hot wire / hot nail / soldering iron on plastic material causes the material that was in the hole to melt rather than vaporize so it creates a natural welded in eyelet.
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