/ replacing cam wires for neglible cost
just thread a length through the relevent holes in handle and cam lobes.cut off leaving 3mm protruding through the holes in the cam lobes.then with a knife heated on the gas stove press down on that to form a 'rivet' head.job done.a few minutes work and only about a quid or so for a reel. compared with a typical £9 for a set of wires for just one cam.
my much loved climbing partner use to 'fix' his with gardening wire
you spot the placement
you reach for the cam
you see the gardening wire and a doubt forms
you squeeze the triggers and watch the wire slowly disengage
ah the joys of DIY
There was a discussion about this a few months ago including an excellent explanation of the repair technique.
The strimmer wire repair is supposed to be long lasting.
The tool of choice for melting the end blob and softening the wire to form a 90 degree bend is a mini blow torch. I bought one for £2.99 on fleebay, just need a bit of enthusiasm now to do a bit of DIY.
> There was a discussion about this a few months ago including an excellent explanation of the repair technique.
As seen on Chris Tan Death Products (TM)
The rest of that site contains a variety of useful/interesting/unwise/insane gear ideas and is well worth a read.
Thats it. Thanks.
How are they lasting?
My strimmer nylon repairs have lasted longer than the original trigger wires. They are much more difficult to break than the wires, no stress concentrating swages and what have you.
Strimmer cord works well but it is quite stiff and only really works on larger cams (friend 2 upwards)
I just use . . . . . . . wire! I don't even bother with the plush plastic coated stuff Chris shows on his website. Buy the gauge that fits the holes ( I can't remember what it is) from a hardware shop (used to be called an ironmongers). You get a great big reel - enough for several lifetimes of broken cam wires - for about £1 odd. I first tried thinner wire to get more flexibility but it broke , which is why I'm suspicious of e.g. strimmer or fishing line.
I've been doing it for years for self and mates - never had to re-do one yet. The only slight downside is the wire sometimes distorts a bit in your sack (the bigger the cam the more likely) but you just have to manipulate it a bit as you rack it.
> my much loved climbing partner use to 'fix' his with gardening wire
> you spot the placement
> you reach for the cam
> you see the gardening wire and a doubt forms
> you squeeze the triggers and watch the wire slowly disengage
> ah the joys of DIY
So then you just ram the cam in and let your second worry about it; sorted!
i had totally forgotten about Chris Tan Death Products (TM) thanks for reminding me
Still it seems to work OK and I can't think why I've left it so long to try
Excellent - a convert. That's two of us so far using what seems to me to be the simplest and most effective solution. You're right about the length being critical - it comes with practice though, and a pair of very thin long nosed pliers plus effective wire cutter make the job easy.
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