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I recently made the "mistake" <S> of changing a handle on an old cane rod, which I effected by removing the all metal reelseat and replacing the cork from the butt end. It worked fine, probably because the seat's condition and material were such that damaging it seemed unlikely and replacing it wouldn't upset the owner if it had failed under the heat-cool cycle I anticipated.

Now fast forward to a second friend, who wants me to duplicate my feat on his graphite rod with a really nice looking either plastic or stabilized walnut insert in an anodized aluminum body. If it's really walnut, that stuff's been finished to some high sheen!

Anyway, it's a nice rod, and I'm not about to sluff all the guides off the butt to get to the cork. I've about given up and want to hear if any of you have had any luck getting such a seat off a rod and how you might have done it.  (Art Port)

    Hack saw, then put a filler in it and glue it back together, it's only a plastic stick!! :)  (Pete Van Schaack)

      There is no need too take the corks off leave the reel seat on the blank. And with the new cork split them in two and glue around the blank. Nice and tight when you sand them you will not see the joint.  (Gary Nicholson)

    You can't use heat!  I had some old displays I wanted seats off. I was never able to get the grip off without tearing it up and I have never been able to get the seat off without destroying the blank under the seat. The ones I have taken apart have a mesh under both seat and grip and what is not unlike epoxy. I think the only way to remove them and save the rod is to destroy the grip and seat and I would be uncomfortable about sanding the residue so I would cut the grip off and cut the rings in half like i was patching a ring. either that or remove the guides. I have less and less patience with repairs. I have enough trouble covering my own ass dealing with surprises. When a friend, buddy comes to me and says, ":...all I want you to do is...," I start sweating. To me, repairing someone else’s rod is like plumbing or roofing. You gauge the job by how many extra trips you make to the hardware store on Saturday and a little thing turns into a big thing too, too suddenly. I suggest that the next time you see him have you arm in a sling!  (Timothy Troester)


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