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smitty


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Location: Brisbane QLD Australia

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Posted:the screws came loose on my fire staff, and the wick can now slide, but it cant come off, any sugestions on how to fix it, or should i just dump it and buy a new one, cause the last thing i want to do it be unsafe. any sugestions?

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flash fire
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flash fire

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Posted:Fix it man!! I make my own fire sticks, so I know that it's possible.what is your staff made from? wood, aluminium...?

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smitty


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Location: Brisbane QLD Australia

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Posted:its made from wood, the screw is loose though, wont screw back in, i tried that, and the mettal is kinda bent at the end so it cant come off. bit of a bugger hey

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flash fire
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flash fire

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Posted:it will be a bit fiddly, but you can take out old screws and insert new ones into a new spot on the staff. I recommend unravelling the wick, use a drill to make a hole in the metal & wood, mark at the top of the staff the area where you drilled so you have some clue when wick is back on, rewrap the wick and by hand, not drill, find the holes and screw them in. It's impossible to do that effectively with a drill, as the wick just bunches up and becomes an awful mess. Besides, I've had one of my long staves for about 4 years now, I just replace the wicks when required. I'm reluctant to ever throw it away...that staff and I have a bond. Now arialtetsuo is going to fry me for having relationships with inanimate objects...dammit!!

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smitty


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Posted:thanks heaps flash fire, i realy didnt want to throw it out, but if its unsafe, i couldn't use it. i'll try, i'll c how i go.thanks again

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Posted:Alternatively, you could convert your wicks which sound like they are in good nick into Poi, and make yourself a whole new fire staff, make it out of Aluminium, and use self-tapping screws...I've had mine for about a year, and it's seen a lot of use (and abuse :) and my wicks arent even close to coming off...Good luck,[Josh]

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ffirebell
GOLD Member since Dec 2000

ffirebell

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Location: Aotearoa, New Zealand

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Posted:I have a metal staff (Al?) At the moment I use hose clamps to keep my wick on.. a wee bit dangerous if I wack myself in the head but they stay on well, and I can tighten them when I want. I did use screws but the holes got damaged. I also use wire sometimes to hold stuff down. happy twirling!

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Pele
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Pele

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Location: WNY, USA

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Posted:Wire is a good back up for in case screws come undone.My staves are wood with copper fitting over the ends and here is a trick we learned to keep wicks in place. First I agree with re-drilling and rescrewing. Fill the old hole with WHITE school glue....it hardens in heat.It will help to maintain the integrity of the staff. Too many holes weakend the strength of wood, and while wood glue is melty and flammable, the Elmers type white school glue is perfect for such things!Go over the ends and edges of the wick with the glue as well. It helps to keep the wicks snug in place, even when the holdings come undone. This allows us to get through a performance, even when something happens to the wick. I think that to throw something that you have become accustomed to so well is almost a crime. Getting used to the balance and flow of new toys can be so difficult (I just made new poi) and I so know the value of comfortable "old" things.Best of luck.------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...

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Rick aka Loki
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Rick aka Loki

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Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Posted:flash fire: hahhahahahhahaha! an arieltetsuo reference. I love it!
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Cheers to all who make their own equipment (and to those who want to try). I like to apply that philosophy to pretty much anything that needs fixing around the house (and, where appropriate, in the world at large.) You'll find it gets easier and easier over time once you get used to automatically thinking, "can I do anything about this myself?... then let's get into it!"Good burns to everyone.-Rick[This message has been edited by Rick (edited 27 January 2001).]


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smitty


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Location: Brisbane QLD Australia

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Posted:thanks heaps people for the info, with the advice given my twirlen staff back in action. happy twirling[This message has been edited by smitty (edited 29 January 2001).]

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Posted:If screws are loose then dip them in nail varnish or glue and reincert them. we do that it works fine.peace outgarbo
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