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Old 05-24-2014   #1
Boulder, Colorado
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Removing Plastic Oar Sleeves

I have a set of older used cataract oars and I need to remove the plastic oar sleeves. Any suggestions on how to remove them without breaking them. They are currently very well stuck on the oar shafts.

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Old 05-24-2014   #2
Salt Lake City, Utah
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heat gun - on low - and piece of wood to put up against them, "persuaded" by rubber mallet/framing hammer/small sledge... heat gun on the sleeves only, not the shafts, you want the plastic to swell enough to move it with the block of wood and hammer. Vise helps, pad the shaft with foam or towel before clamping and watch clamping pressure - you are just putting the shaft in the vise to hold it while you loosen the sleeve.

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Old 05-24-2014   #3
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Thanks B4otter! I'll give that a shot. This gives me an excuse to get a heat gun...
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