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#1 Vintage

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 10:30 PM

I just cut up about 100 stefans out of FBR, and tossed them in the empty dryer, set it on medium heat, and waited 10 minutes. When I took them out, they were all shriveled and melted together. This is how I did the last batch I made, which turned out fine. The only thing different, was that a load of laundry had just finished running before I put the darts in (which probably made the dryer heat up faster).

I am wondering what I can do to prevent the shriveling. Three possible ideas I have, but I don't want to waste another roll of FBR without feedback from you guys:

1. Put the dryer on low for the same amount of time.
2. Leave it on medium but for 5 minutes or so.
3. Dry them along with a load of wet laundry.

Any of you guys who have experience straightening darts in clothes dryers please help me out. Thanks.

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#2 reversedracula

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 10:57 PM

I'm going to be the jerk who comes out against you without first answering your question. Get yourself a blowdryer and a sink for some foam tempering. You can straighten about 100 Stefans in half an hour that way and likely do a better job than anything I've ever seen done with a clothing dryer. Apart from that, just try to figure out what you did different from last time. If you want to really focus on finding the problem, try to recreate your good batch, but stop the dryer every few minutes to check on your darts. You can get them sometime between lukewarm and volcanic goo if you're willing to take the time.
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Posted 26 June 2004 - 11:49 PM

1. Cut off a 20' hunk of FBR.

2. Grasp one end firmly.

3. Grasp with other hand immediately adjacent, not quite as firmly.

4. Slowly pull hands apart, stretching and friction heating FBR.

5. Hold arms extended with FBR stretched taut between them for 15 seconds.

6. Repeat as necessary, working your way down the piece of FBR.
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Posted 27 June 2004 - 09:41 AM

Is that really how you straighten your FBR? Wow. I once had a friend hold one end of a 20' section and we both pulled. However, since the straightness didn't last, I decided against doing it again. I thought the stretching would shrink the FBR to a useless diameter. Maybe I'll try your method anyways.

Reversedracula, I started making stefans using a blowdryer, but the process was long and the dryer blew sections of foam all around the room. But doing it over a sink full of water sounds good.

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 04:23 PM

1.) Get a board

2.) Nail one end of the fbr to the board

3.) Stretch the fbr across the board

4.) Nail the other end of the fbr to the board

5.) Take blow dryer heat whole thing

6.) Cool it down with cold running water or sliding ice cube over it

7.) Wallah, super, permanent, straight section of FBR ready for making.
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#6 Illadar

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 06:25 PM

1. Cut off a 20' hunk of FBR.

2. Grasp one end firmly.

3. Grasp with other hand immediately adjacent, not quite as firmly.

4. Slowly pull hands apart, stretching and friction heating FBR.

5. Hold arms extended with FBR stretched taut between them for 15 seconds.

6. Repeat as necessary, working your way down the piece of FBR.

That way works best for me simply since I'm to lazy to go and get pipe or what ever.

Edited by Illadar, 27 June 2004 - 06:26 PM.

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#7 cxwq

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 10:34 PM

Is that really how you straighten your FBR? Wow. I once had a friend hold one end of a 20' section and we both pulled.

Friction is key. You need to heat the stuff for it to stay straight.
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#8 Vintage

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 11:45 PM

How about I set up a hair dryer, and stretch the FBR while moving it across the path of the heat? I think I will try it and see how it works. Anyways, thanks for the help, and unless someone has any idea about clothes dryers, I think I need to try something new.

If I find the time to cut alot of stefans, I might try the dryer approach another time, only on a lower heat setting.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 09:34 AM

I always straighten my stefans in a clothes dryer, I put them in a cloth bag (like a couple of nested pillowcases) and run them on low for 20 minuites.
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Posted 29 June 2004 - 01:26 AM

That's strange. The dryer technique always works perfectly for me.
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#11 Vintage

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:53 AM

Ok Grinch, I will try the dryer method again. I was extremely happy the first time I used the dryer, but felt bad that I wasted a whole bag of FBR on the second batch.

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Edit: I see what you mean, Tinkerer. Maybe the pillowcase helps to eliminate the shriveling that could come from contact between the FBR and the hot sides of the dryer.

Edited by Vintage, 29 June 2004 - 10:55 AM.

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