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#1 cxwq

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 06:10 PM

Has anybody else found that heating (hair drier or clothes drier) your FBR causes it to increase slightly in diameter? I'm talking a permanent increase here, not temperature induced expansion.

Is there any way to straighten FBR without heat that's more effective than the put-it-in-PVC-for-a-week method?
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#2 IronRhino

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 06:17 PM

Sometimes when I blowdry it for too long, it shrinks.

I gotta say just go through it slowly with your hands, slightly pulling and using force.
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Posted 24 June 2003 - 07:47 PM

See, another reason we should have a W&D! I sometimes overheat my Stefans;shrinking them. When they become a success, I straighten um' by hand. Tedious, but it [eventually] gets the job done.
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#4 Yiggi

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 08:13 PM

I stretch the whole roll and nail the ends down, when I take it off, it's permanently straight.
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Posted 27 June 2003 - 03:55 PM

Has anybody else found that heating (hair drier or clothes drier) your FBR causes it to increase slightly in diameter? I'm talking a permanent increase here, not temperature induced expansion.

Is there any way to straighten FBR without heat that's more effective than the put-it-in-PVC-for-a-week method?

Yeah, when I put Frost King FBR in the dryer for about 5 minutes it slightly increases, it's odd. I would think they would not increase in size.
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#6 Strider

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Posted 27 June 2003 - 04:21 PM

well the air inside of the fbr may expand=making the foam bigger...
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#7 rawray7

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Posted 27 June 2003 - 06:12 PM

just now, my brother and i stretched a 30' roll of FBR in our hallway, and then i went along it with my hand pulling it, but making sure there was enough friction to make my hand (and the FBR) hot. with two people stretching a length like this, it didn't become hot enough to expand, and it's as straight as it would be using a hairdryer, or any other method.
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Posted 28 June 2003 - 12:01 AM

the FBR i buy must be a defenctive brand or something because the stefans that i make with it have craptacular seals in a brass or PVC barell. I have to wrap each of my stefans in electrical tape just to make it fit snugly in the barell. This meathod sucks beacuse it weighs the dart down too much. That is why i never make stefans. I just buy more darts.

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#9 rawray7

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Posted 28 June 2003 - 12:49 AM

how about trying different brass sizes.
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Posted 28 June 2003 - 05:25 PM

Someone once said they put thiers in ice water to straighten it up. I've never done this, but it's just what they said.
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#11 THIRST

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Posted 02 July 2003 - 02:56 PM

ya, what i do is i make the darts, put them in very cold water, and just stick them in my nerf gun barrels for 10 minutes and they are striaght and work very well.
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Posted 02 July 2003 - 05:51 PM

I haven't tried this, but maybe sticking it in the freezer in some PVC or something? I dunno, just an idea.
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Posted 08 July 2003 - 09:38 PM

What I find works *really* well is if you get a piece of PVC that made to fit the darts (they always not a tight fit), drill some (a lot) 1/16" holes in it, stick the foam backer rod (cut to size) into the PVC, and then blowdry it. This will make them expand to fit better and will make for straighter darts. Why didn't anyone else think of this? :(
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#14 rawray7

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Posted 09 July 2003 - 12:04 AM

i think that the whole point was not to use heat.

and buddy, is there anyway you can shorten your name? my eyes are offended by the huge auto-margin created on pages that you've posted on. it's a load harder to read.
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Posted 13 July 2003 - 12:09 PM

Nein...never shall I shorten it (actually I was thinking about it cause it pisses me off too). But when you say that you want "no-heat" it's dumb because everyone in this place has used heat. Some use cold water while other pull it till their hands warm it up. If you want no heat though just stick a whole bunch on straws and leave them on over night. Many people already do this though. ^_^
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Posted 22 August 2003 - 10:44 PM

You know what would be cool? If you could get 20 feet of thin metal pipe that fits stefans tightly, put the whole roll of fbr in there, then blowdry the entire thing, then drop it in the pool XD!! It would be better to maybe use 20 one foot parts of brass or something.
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Posted 23 August 2003 - 03:39 AM

My FBR blows the big canole (fuckin Log Help) ... No increase in FBR diameter here...
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