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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:14 am 
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As I mess around with inline skates probably as much, maybe more, than old bikes, I'm converting a pair of ice hockey skates, to inline hockey skates.

These are they:-
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The lower inline skates were a bit small and tight across the ball of my foot, so bought some Bauer Ice Hockey skates on t'ebay, to serve as donor boots to put on the frame from the Bauer inline hockey skates.

After some power-tool and brute force action, both sets of boots and various frames are now separated:-
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But the rivet / bolt (not sure whether I'm going to reattach with rivets or bolts, yet...) holes from the inline frame don't really line-up with the rivet holes from the ice runner.

So what I wondered - as some of the new holes, would ideally be fairly close to the existing ones, is whether I could fill the holes with some kind of glue / epoxy (I dunno?) that when cured would be just as robust as the rest of the plastic base, that I could drill new holes wherever suited for ideal mounting of the inline frame:-
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Is that possible, and if so what would be something good to use?

Replacing this plastic floor / base, isn't really possible, DIY, 'cos I doubt you can buy them, so you'd have to fabricate it, and by the time you'd ripped of the existing one, getting a new one to bond, is never going to be anything like as good as it is when they make up the boot.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:20 am 
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http://www.itwplexus.co.uk/

plexus has lots of different types for different jobs, not sure where you'd buy it though

epoxy filler?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:34 am 
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Now skates I know a thing or two about. I like my skates really sharp, and go through 2-3 sets of blades before I'm done with the boot. Take them to a specialist who knows skates and have him rivet them on properly.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:02 am 
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FMJ wrote:
Now skates I know a thing or two about. I like my skates really sharp, and go through 2-3 sets of blades before I'm done with the boot. Take them to a specialist who knows skates and have him rivet them on properly.

Well I could do that - but in England, there's precious few places that do.

There's a large, mail order company that will do it - but they charge quite a lot for it.

It's not rocket science, though, so should be easily enough done - it's just the differences between inline runners and ice runners, in terms of their mounting holes - the inline runners have less mounting holes and are differently spaced.

I have a rivet gun - although I don't have any means of using the harder, copper rivets they tend to use at the back of inline runners - you can use appropriately sized nuts and bolts, too (t-nuts in the inside of the boot).

Main issue, though, is having the mounting holes in the boot base, in the correct place for the inline runners - which really is going to mean filling the existing holes, then re-drilling.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:11 am 
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If you're hell bent on it, I'd suggest p-tex. It's the filler they use in skis and snowboards when remounting bindings.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:37 am 
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I've used in the past for similar things the polyester resin they use for subsidence and it comes in tubes the same size as the normal sillicone tubes

an example... http://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-p ... 75ml/53359


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:03 am 
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What about araldite, they have a vast range of glue's and adhesives?

www.go-araldite.com


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:51 am 
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http://www.milliput.com/
is the best drillable stuff i know. I used to work opposite the factory. I have used their producks many times.........different grades and applications.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:54 am 
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Thanks for the suggestions.

Had a search of a skate forum, and a prominent skate builder seems to mention JB WaterWeld a lot - anybody got any experience of it - especially in context of the other suggestions?


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