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cupsandballsmagic
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For those who use the above wand Michael placed a pdf with a fix for loose rubber sleeves (stop making your own jokes up please!) on his site.

The link is here:
http://site.ammarmagic.net/wandcareinstructions.pdf
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Thanks for the heads-up! Mine has just started to loosen a bit.

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doublelift
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If I may be able to offer another method. I may guess since I don't own one the sleeve is heat shrink tubing. Heat shrink tubing can be bought at most any Radio Shack or electronics supply store in several different colors. If you want to recoat the area for what ever reason color change,split colors etc. tape off the exposed areas of the wand and spray the center area with a contact adhesive. When you put the heat shrink back on and heat it back in place the adhesive will reactivate and bond the sleeve in place. I used this method on a aluminum tube Wand a I made a few years ago. I don't know if the Mercury Wand is tube or bar but it will work regardless. You can also build up layers or color segments to suit your handling preference.
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That sounds like it could work for the Mercury wand, doublelift. Thanks.

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Thanks doublelift, and it is a solid bar by theway.

You are very welcome Levity.

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Thanks.

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I used to use a hair dryer (in hot setting) to shrink a heat shrink tubing, try it as well with the wand.
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My rubber sleeve got loose a long time ago and fell off somewhere. I didn't realize it until I picked up the wand and it was nothing more than a solid bar of silver.

So I just taped the ends and spraypainted the middle of it black and then a couple of coats of poly. It's been that way now for a few years and still looks brand new.
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Don't you miss the grip from the rubber sleeve then?

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Ehhhh....it doesn't matter so much to me. The spray point and poly coat provide a bit of texture. It's not the same, but it's not bad either...I'm saving to by a Rannie Wand so it matters not to me at the current time.
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Glad I could help! I had a feeling it was bar stock and aluminum does expand and contract a lot with temperature changes and that helps the sleeve work loose. Another idea would be to turn some grooves into the bar like where the tips would screw on if it was say wood and brass.That would allow the tubing to tighten into the grooves and help to retain the sleeve.
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Even easier is to use shrink tubing with an adhesive inner layer. They make it. It's a little stiffer and a little shinier than the standard stuff. The inner liner melts when heat is applied and sticks to whatever it's covering. You wouldn't have to cut grooves in the rod, just rough up the surface a bit.

http://heatshrinktubing.net/content/view/30/43/
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On 2009-01-26 18:53, Dave V wrote:
Even easier is to use shrink tubing with an adhesive inner layer. They make it. It's a little stiffer and a little shinier than the standard stuff. The inner liner melts when heat is applied and sticks to whatever it's covering. You wouldn't have to cut grooves in the rod, just rough up the surface a bit.

http://heatshrinktubing.net/content/view/30/43/


I think the heat shrink with the adhesive is sometimes used for water resistance and would do quite well. I have used it before on some radio control battery connectors. I didn't have any idea they made it until about a year ago.
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I'm actually surprised Ammar didn't use it to begin with. It would have solved the problem from the outset.
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It could be that it was difficult to find in your traditional outlets. I was making similar wands from brass rod 30 years ago. I still make them from time to time. I call them GoldenRod wands.

The trick that I use to keep regular heat shrink tubing from slipping without using contact cement or adhesive heat shrink is similar to what doublelift suggested. If you have a lathe or a drill press, wrap a few layers of masking tape around the end of the rod, then chuck it in your drill press or lathe. Make sure that the drill press or lathe is set for its lowest speed.

Using a triangular file, make random cuts in the surface of the rod between the areas where the tips are. The grooves don't need to be excessively deep. The heat shrink will pull into the rod very nicely.

When you purchase the heat shring tubing, get the size that is about 1/8 inch larger in diameter than the rod.


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What is the diameter of the aluminium used for the wand? Anyone know?

Tks!

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I measured mine with a ruler I have next to my desk Smile. It's about .9 cm.

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Tahnk you very much - you, AND the ruler next to your desk!

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3/8 of an inch.
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I've used it for years. Haven't needed it to be heated.

I'm making my self a wand from Excotic Indonesian-Borneo Iron Wood

Waiting for it. Dunno yet about the weight and feel. But Iron wood is well known for its durability and weight

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