How to Fix a Cracked Hockey Blade
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Hockey is a rough game, which is why injuries to players ranging from broken teeth to cracked ribs are fairly common. The equipment doesn't escape unscathed either, and broken hockey sticks are all a part of the game. If the blade on your hockey stick breaks through, you don't have to buy a new one because you can fix it yourself.
Examine the crack in the blade. Check to see how well the pieces fit together. Always check the blade after use because small cracks are much easier to repair than large cracks.
Sand off the rough or sharp edges of the crack. Once the crack is smooth, press the edges together to check for fit. Apply an epoxy resin glue and filler to the crack. This glue is sometimes referred to as an araldite. Read the product description carefully to be sure that it is meant for the type of crack you're sealing.
Hold the crack closed and let the epoxy set. Once the epoxy has dried, reinforce the sealed crack with athletic tape. The taping isn't necessary, but it can provide a pad for the repair, and help stop the crack from reforming.
Always examine your stick before and after a hockey activity, whether it's practice or a championship game. Cracks and dings usually start small, so patching them up early can save your equipment from breaking a lot of the time.
- Always examine your stick before and after a hockey activity, whether it's practice or a championship game. Cracks and dings usually start small, so patching them up early can save your equipment from breaking a lot of the time.
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