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allen_m
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I am using my gravity flipper more now with material from Petty and Dill;

And my question is... Smile

Do you just wait for the band to break during a performance Smile, or is there a reasonable way to predict its impending demise?

TIA,

-Allen M.
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Hello Al,
There is no sure-fire way to tell the exact moment the band will fail, however;

When your flipper becomes " too sloppy and floppy", the band is weakening.
And you can bet-because Murphy's Law says so- It will break during a performance.

Best to change it every 3 months or so.
Just my opinion.
Jim
tbaer
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When in doubt, change the band. You don't want it to break during a performance.
billfromoregon
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I agree with Jimmy. I can feel when the band starts to get sloppy, and it usually breaks soon thereafter.
A.J.
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Good advice here. I've always been concerned about my Flipper band as well.

Thanks,

A.J.
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The gravity flippers should eliminate a lot of worries, as there is basically no tension on the band. As long as there are no sharp edges, the bands should break very seldom, and only at a time when the rubber has become so old it has lost it's elasticity.
allen_m
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OK,

Last night I changed the band for the 1st time on my gravity flipper. It had weakened to the point that it affected the opening of the flipper- that is the part that flips would rub on it's circumference. Clearly time to change.

-A
MagicBosley
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Anyone try the "double band" method on a flipper? I know it works wonders on a deeply-cut folding coin, but it may be too much tension (or there may not be enough room) with a flipper.

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Motor City
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The bands last a long time. However, it is always best to change them at regular intervals. Remember that rubber bands do not have a long shelf life.

I have found that if I keep my unused bands in a zip lock bag and store in the refrigerator, the bands last longer than normal.
Mr. Tango
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I use flipper coins every day. I only practice the routine before to make it and if the flipper works well I use it. I think that never a flipper coin broke during a routine.
MikeyM71
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Hey, does anyone know the best adhesive for re-attaching after you replace the band?
<BR>Mikey M.
allen_m
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I use Scotch brand permanent adhesive double sided tape...

-A
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