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Old Mar 08, 2014, 08:35 PM
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Best way to attach rings to hi start?

I have 100ft of Thera Band black ($63.00 amazon)on the way. What is the best way to attach rings to the tubing?
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Old Mar 08, 2014, 09:07 PM
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Fold an end over, pass it through the ring, open the fold and pull it over the ring.
Hope this and the pictures help.

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Old Mar 08, 2014, 09:12 PM
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Where do you get those fat rings?
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Old Mar 08, 2014, 09:15 PM
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I got mine from a hardware store. One to 1 1/4 inch will work just fine.


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Old Mar 08, 2014, 09:52 PM
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I use a ring at the stake end, but at the end where the string must attach to the rubber, I use a plastic double-ended barb fitting with a hole drilled through it. It's much less likely to snag on the ground. I also use these fittings to splice lengths of tubing together.
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Old Mar 09, 2014, 05:17 PM
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I make a metal end plug with a ring.
Also wrap this with tape after pulling-squeezing the ring on
Have this for the red and yellow rubber from hobby lobby.
Launch 3 to 4M gliders on these for the last three+ years.
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Old Mar 09, 2014, 09:59 PM
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Yeah, that's nice, but I'll have a little difficulty fabricating that with a band saw and a dremel
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 07:43 PM
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Do you have a drill and file?
Check out some of the cheaper screw drivers or wood chisels that have a tapered shank that may work. Harbor freight had some last time I was there.
If you had the same yellow bungee I have, I would give a early proto to you.
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 11:04 PM
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Get some aluminum tubing a little larger than the ID of the rubber tubing. Cut to a 60 degree angle and drill a hole in the pointed end. Insert a small, strong split ring. Push the aluminum tubing about 3" up into the rubber tubing. Attach swivels to these. My tubing has been in the ends of the rubber for 8 years, and hasn't slipped, even launching 4-meter gliders in wind.

Small split rings available at Cabela's up to 300# test. My high start setup uses 1/2" tubing. Cheap, light, and it works amazingly well for a long time. I used to have pics of it, but that's been a few hard-drive crashes ago...
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Old Mar 12, 2014, 02:51 PM
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Theraband Black

I don't want to get this waaaaay off topic but is the black theraband similar to a Heavy duty High Start rubber?? Can it be used for 2M?
Sorry for the dingy question.
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Old Mar 12, 2014, 05:05 PM
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Black is probably way too heavy for a 2m, unless you're zip launching a slope/DS or EDF plane. I used red for my 2m high start. You could probably use green, but I wouldn't go higher than that unless the plane is over 32 oz or has a stout wing.

http://www.thera-band.com/faqs_consumer.php#faq_1
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Old Mar 13, 2014, 09:00 AM
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Was attach rings, now Theraband!!

Waxmo
THANK YOU for the info on Theraband and the especially the Link.
I started flying SP's back in 1978 but haven't flown at all in the past 10 - 12 years, I hate to even think about all the fun I missed out on!!
My old Hi Starts(rubber) are pretty well shot. I have thrown away all that old rubber but had never used theraband or even heard of it.
Maybe I can get some that will launch a Standard class SP (99in), can always back off on the stretch for my 2M.
Here in N Tex not many folks fly 2M ships anymore but they are my favorite.
Thank You again.
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Old Mar 13, 2014, 09:01 AM
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Theraband and SPELLING

Sorry for putting a X in place of the Z !!!! Major Typo.
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Old Mar 13, 2014, 06:54 PM
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This is how I made connectors for my Thera-band high start. It's thick wall aluminum tube a little larger than the inside of the rubber tubing. Squirt a little hair spray on the aluminum tube and push it into the rubber tubing. The hair spray will help it slide in and, when it dries, will help hold the rubber on.
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Old Mar 20, 2014, 07:03 PM
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I sent an email the the Theraband company asking about a continous 100 foot length of tubing.
This is the reply:

"Candee Deem Mar 17 (3 days ago)
There are several segments of tubing per box but not more than 12. "

Those of you who use this product, is this your experience? I queried an auction site vendor and was reassured it was a contimous length, but I doubt he actually checked to verify this.
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