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Location: Yellow Springs, OH

How can I keep my nuts from flying off the bolt while I spin??? Things I've tried so far:
Lock nuts (between regular nuts, under them, at the end after them, every concievable way!)
Acorn nuts (also called end nuts?)
Multiple nuts
Epoxy, gluing together multiple nuts & acorn nuts
NOTHING WORKS! They keep flying off and I keep losing them! Also once my flaming kevlar flew off while I was on top of a scaffold in a room packed with people! It was humiliating and dangerous. I check my gear before I spin but this keeps happening. It's so depressing. Please help me frown

187 posts
Location: USA

whats causing it to unscrew? Do you have a swivel or two on your chains?

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PyroWillPyroWillGOLD Member
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Location: Staines, United Kingdom

ubblol I had to look here just for the name of the thread, gave me a laugh,

Cant help though wink good luck with your nuts ubblol

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jeffhighGOLD Member
89 posts
Location: Caves Beach, NSW, Australia

Use a centrepunch and hammer.
punch the thread on the bolt just next to the nut in a few locations.
This distorts the thread so the nut will not pass without considerable force

Mr MajestikMr MajestikSILVER Member
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Location: home of the tiney toothy bear, Australia

or get a new staff/poi thats not quite so rediculous!

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53 posts

There are 2 things that might help. Be sure to have free spinning fasteners on you're hand straps and counterweights (wics). Second thing if you're using cable or kinkless link chain consider swiching to ball chain. Ball chain is free spinning on each link so they don't twist up while you're spinning like kinkless link chain or cable. #15 ball chain is the standard for fire poi.

15,417 posts
Location: South Wales

What sort of poi are you using that causes the ends to fly off?!?! eek

DentrassiDentrassiGOLD Member
3,044 posts
Location: Brisbane, Australia

maybe use a lock-tight product on the thread. its a paste stuff i use that prevents my nuts from dropping everywhere wink

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GeoffonTour04SILVER Member
360 posts
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Threadlock, get it from an auto parts website stops bike bolts coming out at high revs.

jcrsjcrsGOLD Member
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404 posts

Or nail polish on the threads also does the job quite well... although i don't know if it's a good idea considering that it'll be hot...

i'm guessing that it's the thermal expansion of the nut that causing it to become loose and fall off, so if all else fails, maybe a nut made from a different metal that dosen't expand as much as the bolt mabye?

15,417 posts
Location: South Wales


makes sence to me smile

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solar_bearsolar_bearSILVER Member
78 posts
Location: Kent, UK

 Written by: The Misguided Oracle

...i'm guessing that it's the thermal expansion of the nut that causing it to become loose and fall off...

That's right, it's called "thermal cycling" and, over time, will make even the tightest of nuts drop off.

I use Loctite 242 for my skates and swear by the stuff - just give it at least 3 and preferably 24 hours to cure. Be sure not to use one of the high strength Loctites (4xx ?), otherwise you'll never get your nuts off again without heating them up with a blow torch (ouch!)

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