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Forum topic by jaykaypur posted 04-29-2016 11:11 AM 405 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2016 11:11 AM

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Was watching a show last eve, Life Below Zero, and the guy was repairing a crack in a plastic sled. He used a method called “hole stop”. He drilled a small hole at the end of the crack and, in plastic, this will stop the crack from growing. My question…....would this work in wood? Has anyone ever done this in wood? Thanks.

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#1 posted 04-29-2016 02:55 PM

I’ve used this method to repair cracks in fiberglass pieces, but never in wood. Be interesting to know if it works in wood.

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#2 posted 04-29-2016 03:09 PM

I saw this somewhere on a tool. Maybe a hand plane? Can’t remember for sure. But that is what he did, cut a small hole and has been using it for many years since. Wish I could remember.
I would think it will work on wood and stop the original crack. Question is will it start in another place near by to relieve the stress.

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#3 posted 04-29-2016 03:30 PM

When I worked in aircraft maintenance our sheet metal shop would use this method to stop cracks on the airframe until it could be permanently fixed later. We called it “stop drill”.

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#4 posted 04-29-2016 06:19 PM

Thanks for the replies. I am gonna try it in the future and see what happens.

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