Google says it’s distribution only, no store. Maybe parts can be ordered and picked up there for free.Whoops, website says only open Mon-Fri.
Grainger also has SS rods, free shipping if you pick up at the local store.
A few years ago I picked up a 1/2" 8 ft. aluminum rod from them. Free shipping!
They must have really eaten it on the postage.
They have a store on Paa St. in Mapunapuna.Google says it’s distribution only, no store. Maybe parts can be ordered and picked up there for free.
Would a 4’ stainless steel rod 1/8” be less whippy than regular steel?They have a store on Paa St. in Mapunapuna.
I also picked up a 6 ft. 1010 rail from them a few years earlier than the rod.
Also free shipping with customer pickup at the store.
Don't see how they can make money.
Grainger Honolulu, Hawaii - Branch #561 - Find a Branch - Grainger Industrial Supply
Rather than talc-ing the rods, consider giving them a good wipe with wax paper. Makes them nice and slick. I confess I do not know the long-term effects of doing this, although obviously the wax won't hurt the steel.Doesn’t seem like a lot of corrosion, mostly guck. Probably mix with the talc I use. I don’t think it messes up too much the accuracy of my rockets.
I’ll try that. I’m trying to avoid oils and liquids.Rather than talc-ing the rods, consider giving them a good wipe with wax paper. Makes them nice and slick. I confess I do not know the long-term effects of doing this, although obviously the wax won't hurt the steel.
Can't remember who originally posted this trick.
I haven't had hang ups with the talc. I am fastidious about cleaning my rifle barrels after each trip to the range. Like a glue thread, a common question is how many rounds can I fire before the residue starts affecting the accuracy? Also, how many miles between engine motor changes? The quiklubes say 3000 miles or 3 months but new motor oils say 10000 miles. I split the difference at 5000 (because the math is easy) or wait until the dashboard in my Civic tells me it's time.I use stainless rods and clean and wax them with car polish after (almost) every session. Most are ~20 years old now...
Ballistol is great stuff. I learned about it years ago from a bait and tackle shop in the Outer Banks. It cleans, lubricates and does not leave a sticky residue - ideal for fishing reels if dropped on the beach - the sand does not stick. It's replaced WD-40 in my shop.Would a 4’ stainless steel rod 1/8” be less whippy than regular steel?
I’m cleaning the steel rods I have with the Ballistol and sand paper. It seems like it’s mostly carbon scoring from the exhaust.
That was an E9-4! I thought it was the 13mm version.Booster motors with 0 delay are probably safest but.....
I flew the Cinco with an E9-4 with plenty of room to spare.
doesn'tdidn't make E9-0 motors.
Put a little wadding in front of the motor to stifle the charge a little.
Not sure the second was truly a catch, looks more like the rocket landed on him!Three caught rockets during blue sky Hawaiian morning
We successfully rescued the Saturn 1B from the tree during yesterday's launch. We had to use a mix of pulling ropes and using poles to snag the shock cord. There was superficial damage, especially to the blow mold parts. Fortunately, we were able to lower it down without dropping, so it's good as new again.
Gary (@kuririn) joined us this morning and launched several really awesome rockets like the Applewhite Cinco (made from USPS boxes) and the NewWay Big Bessie. We started at 6:30am, and a softball team was preparing for a league game that started at 8am. We eventually left after one of the outfielders started giving us the "stink eye" about launching in his position.
The Thomas Viking Special went exceedingly high on the C18. During its descent on the streamer, it kept waving back and forth before landing on the street. Eventually, the winds calmed down for the subsequent flights. The Super Neon had a weird flight with the Quest D16. Perhaps the quick thrust motor was too much for the tube fins. I could add the fins to the tubes but think it looks ridiculous.
The Antar still didn't go very high on the C5-3. I was hesitant about using a composite. Looks like it's time. We caught both rockets, so they get an extra point each. I also gave myself an extra point for catching Gary's Big Bessie plus an extra 5 points for launching with a friend.
I've launched the CC Express before on the C11-0/B6-6 but was too hesitant to use the altimeter. This time, it worked great. The fins tend to go askew afterwards. I fix them straight using thin CA. The Gild Navigator previously suffered a crinkled tube from going ballistic last time. I haven't had much luck with dog barf as a wadding. Perhaps the humidity affects the insulation and doesn't push the laundry out or cause other problems with the ejection.
One of the DIY controller alligator clips broke off, probably from corrosion. We switched over to the Estes controller which was having trouble igniting the E12 motor. We eventually got it working (suddenly). I measure 5.8v so not sure what the issue was. I'm currently working on a 12v system. The Jolly Logic Chute Release worked like a charm. Gary was able to rescue the rocket from a pack of exuberant kids.
00:00 Rescuing Saturn 1B from tree 1pt
00:37 Gary's Semroc Sprite
00:46 Thomas Viking Special 4pts
02:02 Gary's Mini Fat Boy
02:28 Gary's rocket
02:53 Super Neon 5pts
04:00 Antar 266ft 6pts
05:29 Gary's Applewhite Cinco
06:06 CC Express 613ft 6pts
07:38 Gary's Big Bessie 1pt
08:08 Gild Navigator 5pts
10:18 Total 28 + 5 = 33pts