Net Handle Repair

Traditional landing nets large and small.
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Net Handle Repair

Post by Stour Otter » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:57 pm

Having recently purchased a vintage bamboo net handle with a wonderful patina (c1900) which had suffered the rigours of time, not to mention the luddite who must have stood on it at some point, a repair was in order. So off to the hardware shop for supplies on Expanding Foam, Wood Glue and Cable Ties and the action plan is under way. Using thin slithers of lollipop stick to open up the crack allows the glue to cover both surfaces, after which you can lash the handle with cable ties, this will assist the gluing procedure and stop the expanding foam on the next stage from blowing the fissure open again, although some seepage will occur.

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In order for the expanding foam to do its job the screw end plug inside of the handle was drilled, allowing any build up of air pressure to escape from within the handle. After the expanding foam has been injection an oil threaded butt button can be screwed into place to save the internal thread from being fouled by the foam.
Once the foam has set the handle end can then be cleaned with a sharp knife for scalpel and if wished a brass end cap can be fitted, the longer you leave the cable ties in place before a final clean and polish with Danish Oil or similar product the better. The end result is a wonderful vintage landing net handle brought back from the grave. I once used a similar procedure on an Aspindale hollow built spit cane rod where the butt section had blown its seams as a previous owners had twisted the bottom joint when dismantling the sections.

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IF USING THIS PRODUCT DO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. EXPANDING FOAM WILL CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION.
RUBBER GLOVES MUST BE USED TO PROTECT THE SKIN.
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Re: Net Handle Repair

Post by Paul D » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:15 pm

That's both very clever as well as very brave, imagine the mess if it burst! Well saved Sir :Hat:
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Re: Net Handle Repair

Post by Stour Otter » Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:08 am

Thanks Paul.
Now finished it looks amazing. Especially with the pear-shaped ash net frame Gudgeon Jim kindly made me. I have waited three years for a bamboo pole handle like this old one to turn up!

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The good angler is not the one with expensive equipment. Common sense, observation and trying to realize
what is happening above and below water will catch fish no matter what price equipment you fish with.
L.A. Parker - This Fishing 1948

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