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How to make technics rods stay in sockets?

Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
edited February 2012 in Building and Techniques
Im having trouble getting the technics rods to stay in the sockets on the ferris wheel. Does anyone have any ideas on what to do? I'm wondering if you can add some substance or other to increase the friction?

The rods are standard rods and the sockets are ..



  • pcironepcirone Member Posts: 346
    edited February 2012
    Lay a small rubber band across the opening and then jam the axle in, pushing the the rubber band in with it. Then trim the rubberband with a razor knife so it becomes invisible.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    hmm ok, yeah I guess that would work, was wondering if theres a more permanent, less fiddly solution. guess I could try blutak in the holes but would prefer something invisible
  • davee123davee123 Member Posts: 852
    Plastic wrap also works occasionally with various joint connections-- might work for this too. And you can tear it away making it essentially invisible.

  • pcironepcirone Member Posts: 346
    Hmm i would have thought the less permanent the better. How about krazy glue then.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    @pcirome hahaha - yes, that would be permanent - I meant that with the elastic band you have to keep fiddling with it, as opposed to blutak where you'd put it in place and forget about it. So permanent in terms of not having to keep re-applying the solution, rather than a permanent fixture.

    @davee123 Thanks Dave for the suggestions - clingfilm/ plastic wrap (or 'glad wrap' as the Kiwis call it for some strange reason) certainly seems less fiddly than elastic bands.

    I guess the complicating factor which I should have mentioned is that its for sale, and I don't want to tell the buyer they have to mess about with things to make it work. If I can't find a fix which can be permanently applied, that would be the ideal. Oh, and the buyer is @LFT, so I'm even more concerned to make sure it's OK!

    I'm wondering now if maybe it's because I just haven't built it right! I did store it semi-assembled and put it together very quickly whilst on the phone, so maybe I got something wrong. Alternately it could be a design fault with the set I guess.
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