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Stick Tech Workshop - ReADeR TIPS!

We picked 10 reader tips for publication this month! And we're giving the authors E-Lacrosse Rage III DVDs!

WARNING: Ovens, lighters, matches, knives, and other tools called for in this tips section can be dangerous when not properly used. If you intend on trying any of these tips at home, you must tell your parents exactly what your plans are before proceding. Improper use of some of the tools suggested can result in cutting, burning or staining yourself or your family's property. So ask FIRST, and be careful!

Making Tacky Tape    Submitted by Brendan

If you need a little more grip on your tape you can spray a coat of spray adhesive (can be found at most art stores) onto the tape and then blow it dry with a hair dryer set on the high setting. This will make you tape a little tackier on the outside and the adhesive won't come out easily because the tape absorbs it.

Hot Glue and You    Submitted by Ian

I've gotten a lot of ideas from the dyes on this site, not to mention how to do it. This was my first dye. I wanted a mostly blue stick with a black splatter. When I was putting on the second coat of glue, I thought how cool it would be to have a little bit of white there too. I covered up like 3 quarters of the head, and let the rest be black. Afterwards, I strung it with some 6 diamond mesh. It shoots crazily fast, and is pretty accurate.

Pinching a head    Submitted by Chris from Maryland

If you don't feel like baking or boiling your head, you can pinch it with just a shoelace and some time. Tie the string around a sidewall hole. Next, place a tennis ball in your head. Pull the string around the head as tight as you can, until the tennis balls sides are squeezed in and then tie the string to another sidewall hole or something to keep it tight. Leave it like this for 4 or 5 days by a heater or warm place in the house.

Unpinching a head    Submitted by Bryan from Green Brook, NJ

I had a problem with one of my heads. I liked its pinch when I bought the head, but then it started to warp when I played with it. In order to make the head legal, I frequently separated the throat by just pulling on each of the sidewalls. Then I realized I could wedge something in the throat. I put a field hockey ball in the head and left it over night. It was instantly unpinched. I'm sure other balls like softballs or anything larger than the throat of the stick would work.

Mesh with leathers     Submitted by Tom

I restrung my extra head with hard mesh, and some strings and leathers from a traditional stringing kit. It throws hard, catches easy, and feels like it is pinched because it has awesome control. I didn't use any top strings because the leathers hold the mesh onto the head tightly, and it makes adjusting the depth of the pocket easy. The leathers help hold the pocket in any place I want it.

Great First Dye    Submitted by Griffin from Salem, MA

I just want to thank this site and all its readers for all the awesome input. They articles and reader tips have really helped me with dyeing and stringing my head. Here are some pictures of my first dye job and stringing. As you can see I used the hot glue method and RIT dye. I used a turkey pan for the dye and it worked out great and was easy to dispose of.

Sam's the Man    Submitted by Sam

I just wanted to send some of my dyes in. I just started and I'm proud of them. Thanks for looking!

Tight Monster    Submitted by Hockeynut

I dyed this one purple with yellow monster mesh - my school colors.


Heads create whip    Submitted by Chris

First of I love this site and have learned every thing I know about stringing from e-lacrosse, in fact e-lacrosse is why I started playing the game. Well here are some tips. First if you have a head that is to big to go on your shaft and you don't want to mess with boiling water or if you don't have enough time, I find the best way to fix this problem is to wrap some duct tape around the top of the shaft before putting the head on. This way you can get a very snug fit, at least temporarily. Another thing I have found is that the head of your stick can create whip. The slope of the sidewall is a big factor. If the sidewall has a sharp incline right at the tip, you will have more whip, like in the revolution. But if your head has a very gradual slope it will have much less whip, like the evolution. So consider that (with many other things) next time you buy a head.

Cool Mistake    Submitted by Andy

Hey E-lacrosse, I did my first dye ever on my evo pro and I think it looks pretty good. Only thing is, the colors were supposed to turn out blue orange and white. Instead of blue I got some mucky brown/green because I didn't wait long enough for the orange dye to settle in before I tried to go over it with the blue. Also a little advice to whom ever plans on dying, make sure you spend a lot of time dipping the head repeatedly into the dye to get a bolder color.

Thanks to all for participating. Keep sending your tips and we'll pick some more in a few months! Send them to john@tonabricks.com! Please include your name and a permanent e-mail address. Winners, please contact us if we miss you. Some e-mails cannot be returned to the addresses given to us.

February, 2007

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