Hollow tubing for reels?

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  1. Purple Fencer

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    I'll be doing some reel repairs at Golubitsky's club Monday. He has a lot of Favero reels (heck...he bought them from me), but I'm out of the black strain relief tubing we put around the cables, and no time to get any from another vendor.

    Any suggestions? I could go with heat shrink tubing, I suppose.
     
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    We use electrician tape until another one wears out to scavenge. I prefer one length wrapped longitudinally, like a blade, vs. spiraling. Rather than strain-relief, I thought it protected the insulated sheath from the spring's abrasion.
     
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    Stiff is good for when the kids let go of the connector head, allowing it to snap against the reel housing. Spring doesn't go into housing so tubing doesn't have to be able to wrap around reel.
     
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    It also looks too thick to easily close the casing around it....certainly too stiff to tighten down the interior clamp. Also no guarantee it would fit through the external spring.
     
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    Go to your local fish aquarium store and ask for “tygon” tubing. It’s about the right diameter for this application.
     
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    I've used tygon in the lab. Isn't it real thick-walled?
     
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    I'm guessing that the tubing dcchew is referring to is the small stuff used to connect the air pump to a bottom filter in a home aquarium (roughly 3/16 in ID and 1/4 in OD).
     
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    Tygon's a brand name and produces a wide range of tubing for various applications. Do a search a McMaster-Carr for Tygon tubing and you'll see a bunch of different types available. Better yet, for reels, do a search for "tube sleeving" at McMaster- the basic PVC Chemical Resistant Tube sleeving is inexpensive, available in a number of sizes, and perfectly suited for strain relief in reel couplings.
     
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  12. JS Hart

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    thick-walled heat shrink. I get mine at Orvac in Fullerton.
     
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    Thanks- fixed the typo.
     

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