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#1 Celticav

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 06:01 PM

Is this possible? Can you strip the old handle off and put a new reel seat and handle on?

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Posted 29 April 2003 - 02:12 AM

You can replace these things, but it takes time. You will have to strip the cork or EVA from the handle. Cut it, sand it, maul it, or what ever it takes. The real seats from what I am told are cut off. The whole thing to remember here is to protect the blank from damage.... cuts, nicks, etc.
Then the butt end of the blank is sanded clean of glue etc. Then the new parts can be put in place. Usually Devcon or hot glue is used.
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Posted 29 April 2003 - 09:28 AM

I had thought that to be the case, but was told by a novice rodbuilder it couldn't be done without ruining the rod.

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Posted 29 April 2003 - 03:45 PM

It is very difficult to replace rear grips and reel seats from the bottom of the rod because the majority of blanks are tapered and get larger as you get closer to the bottom. When you build a rod you slide the components over the tip. If the handle is cork then you would have to ream the cork larger than necessary at the top of the grip and shim it tight. Your other option would be to actually cut the cork grip in half and then glue it around the blank. You will also have to shim the reel seat.
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Posted 29 April 2003 - 03:49 PM

Wow! Thanks fishingrodlady, glad to have you here and look forward to reading your posts, JIM