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    Default Fixing a broken Shuttlecock?!

    It's been said that you simply can't.

    But there's a club that claims to be able to teach you how to.

    REDUCE SHUTTLE EXPENSE
    If you want to cut your shuttle costs, learn how to replace broken feathers. Stop playing with a shuttle as soon as ONE feather breaks, even though the flight may still appear normal. If you keep playing with that shuttle, the adjacent feathers will probably break soon after because of lack of support. It is easy to repair a shuttle with one or even two broken feathers, and we will be pleased to show anyone how to do it. Even if the shuttle is beyond repair, there will still be some feathers that can be extracted and used to repair other shuttles.
    Do you think it's possible? Have you tried it? How is it done?
    It would be nice to know, even though it may not be cost effective.

    The above quote is from: http://www.redwillow.ca/index.html
    Scroll to near the bottom.

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    doesn't makes too much sesne to me.. assuming u can actually
    replace a feather in a bird from another bird.. how are you gonna
    get the aliment right, i can imagine the bird would wobble in flight

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    Im not a feather plucker I am a feather pluckers son and I am only plucking feathers till the feather plucker comes.

    You could in theory remove a feather and reglue it into a another shuttle, the time and the success rate though wouldn’t be very high, what does a decent feather shuttle cost? 70 pence?

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    just bin it and get a new one!

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    rofl.... ud prob spend more money on crazy glue ^^

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    [QUOTE=morewood]Im not a feather plucker I am a feather pluckers son and I am only plucking feathers till the feather plucker comes.
    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3] QUOTE]


    LOL, a tongue twister?
    Last edited by cooler; 09-12-2006 at 06:48 PM.

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    that club is one expensive club. I only pay $ 90 for 9 months ( we don't play in the summer).

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    [quote=cooler]
    Quote Originally Posted by morewood
    Im not a feather plucker I am a feather pluckers son and I am only plucking feathers till the feather plucker comes.
    [font=Times New Roman][size=3] QUOTE]


    LOL, a tongue twister?
    Its called Pheasant Plucker (just adapted by me for this post), http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~mentor01/song.htm, the idea is to sing it as fast as you can but mind your language.

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    A friend of mine used to put cellophane tape around the inside of the shuttle. This supposedly prevented the feathers from breaking, and somehow it did manage to do just that. The feathers would get all ruffled up and all, but never did break(as far I know). Only thing was, the shuttle became 1 flying missile... it was fast!

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    Yes, it can be done. They teach you how to do it in China. All you need is the remaining good feathers of a shuttle that has one or two broken feathers, a plier, an awl, and some glue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak
    Yes, it can be done. They teach you how to do it in China. All you need is the remaining good feathers of a shuttle that has one or two broken feathers, a plier, an awl, and some glue.
    How much labor is involved (total time)? Sounds like it takes more time then it's worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Sounds like it takes more time then it's worth.
    Unless you are cash poor and time rich.

    I repaired some shuttles quite a while back, but they flew a bit wobbly, so they can make better quality knock-up shuttles.
    Maybe I was just not very good at it.

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    You just pull out the broken feather, gently, and then use an awl to clear and align the two holes in the 2 bands of thread with the hole in the cork. Cut open the cork of another broken shuttle to recover all the remaining good feathers. Use these cannibalized feathers as spare parts for the shuttle you are repairing. BTW, don't waste your time repairing a well worn shuttle. Repair only those that are still new but were broken by mishits or careless handling. As for the glue you know where it goes.

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    I play at the Red Willow club, and yes, it is possible to repair broken feather shuttles. Like Neil Nicholls said, you do need to have a bit of time on your hands as it isn't very easy. But most people will agree that spending maybe 30-45 minutes fixing 12 shuttles over a while is more worth it than throwing them out and buying a new tube.

    Sure, the fixed shuttle won't fly as well as a new one, but it will still be gameworthy until another feather breaks or the cork falls off. At the very least, it could be used as a practice shuttle.

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    plastic shuttles are more durable

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    Quote Originally Posted by __Lam
    plastic shuttles are more durable
    I actually played with plastic shuttles for two hours today. It was actually quit fun. When I went back to goose shuttles, I was sad my smash became so slow.

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    It's because ppl in china woth less than a feather per hour.

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