A friend brought me an aluminum 2pc paddle that had been used in salt water and never cleaned. It is STUCK!. I have soaked the joint with WD 40 ; tapped it thoroughly with a wood hammer, torqued the shaft by holding the blades - not a budge.
Any other suggestions? She needs a shorter paddle anyway. I'm thinking of cutting it off and reseating the connector IF I can free it , and I think I can.
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Posted by: rjd9999 on Jan-06-13 3:40 PM (EST)
I'm not sure you should bother trying to free the joint and just treat it as a complete entity. Metals respond to force in rather predictable ways and it seems quite likely that the existing weld is probably stronger than the shaft. I haven't worked all that much with aluminum, but know that it is reasonably easy to deform it (which may be part of why it isn't coming apart).
Posted by: kerryedwards on Jan-06-13 4:17 PM (EST)
Faced the same problem a few weeks ago. You need a propane torch and an ice pack. Put the ice pack around the male portion and heat the female portion with a propane torch. Then, using a big screwdriver hit the female portion in a direction to unseat it repeatedly. It takes two people. The first 1/32 of an inch took many blows, the next 1/8" less and finally I was able to twist it apart.
Kerry, I'll try that. Sounds like a good|
Posted by: string on Jan-06-13 5:31 PM (EST)
The Universe is Giving you a Sign...|
Posted by: gstamer on Jan-06-13 11:35 PM (EST)
Life and paddling time is MUCH too short to fritter away using an aluminum paddle. Seriously. Keep it for home defense or fighting off rabid dogs, and upgrade to something that you will actually enjoy.
Time for a new paddle.|
Posted by: rpg51 on Jan-07-13 7:24 AM (EST)
Life is short. Take this as a sign that it is time to get yourself a new paddle.
Do people ever read the OP?|
Posted by: string on Jan-07-13 11:49 AM (EST)
IT AIN"T MY PADDLE! I have 2 CF but am getting seriously attached to an Aleut I made.
Posted by: hodtay on Jan-07-13 1:48 PM (EST)
Make her an Aleut paddle.
Heated and beat the crud out of it.|
Posted by: string on Jan-07-13 3:19 PM (EST)
No movement.Still a decent paddle if you like HEAVY. I offered to make her a paddle.
Posted by: kerryedwards on Jan-07-13 3:35 PM (EST)
Did you use the ice? I tried heat alone and it didn't work.
Forget it - it's fused|
Posted by: trilliumlake on Jan-07-13 3:36 PM (EST)
Prolonged exposure to salt corrodes aluminum to the point where the two surfaces fuse together and essentially become one.
Thermal shock method|
Posted by: mintjulep on Jan-07-13 3:40 PM (EST)
Freeze it real good. Pack the joint in ice for a few hours.
from bicycle lore|
Posted by: suiram on Jan-07-13 4:05 PM (EST)
You might need some creativity to make this work for paddle
Casual paddler, don't know her, |
Posted by: string on Jan-07-13 4:45 PM (EST)
paddle going back.
Posted by: radiomix on Jan-07-13 6:10 PM (EST)
Posted by: kayak_Bob on Jan-07-13 6:57 PM (EST)