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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!

Duct Tape v Electrical Tape     Submitted by Paul DeWitt

Thanks for giving all the tips and tricks on Sticktech. It has been very useful to me, especially when I'm stringing up a head. I have a tip that might be useful. I was going to dye my Brine Edge last night and I looked over the instructions you have on dying. I was intrigued over what the difference was between duct tape and electrical tape when dying.

I have a piece of a shattered head in the stock white color that I used for testing. I put electrical tape on half of it and duct tape on the other half. I mirrored Lorne Smith's infamous "confetti: " orange, white, and black speckle dye job.

The results: The duct tape is sort of "flawed." Duct tape has a matrix of string that runs through the tape to give more strength to the tape. But the string in the duct tape allows for the dye to soak into it. When you take off the duct tape you will find an "alligator skin" pattern in whatever color you dyed the head in. The orange confetti has black lines running through it and the white confetti has a mix of black and orange lines running through it. You can see the pattern up close, but from a distance you wouldn't even know the difference.

The electrical tape has an excellent seal, and even more so when you "cook" them on. The colors produced under the electrical tape were perfect. There wasn't any seeping at all.

Double Shooters    Submitted by Cory

I have a tip for getting the whip out of a soft mesh by adding a double shooter. After trying at least 5 different methods of stringing to get the whip out of a Brine Warp I was still stuck with a nasty whip. I finally came up with a solution that gets rid of it. Start with 2 shooting strings 1 space below a nylon string. Then a take another hockey lace string and start it in the space between the top hockey lace and the nylon string.

Weave the string from the space between the nylon and the top hockey lace and through the space between the 2 hockey laces. It's just overlapping your top hockey lace string. Keep going until you are finished. There is no special way that I have found to end it. I just like to tie the ends to the side of the head. I hope this works out for you.

Make a Pocket Pounder    Submitted by Steve Wang

A pocket pounder is really only a ball attached onto a shaft. You can make a basic one right at home. First get a old shaft that no one uses anymore and cut off a 9 inch piece. Then take a permanent marker and color one of the ends of the shaft piece. Quickly press it onto the ball to get the shape of the shaft on the ball. Using an X-Acto knife, cut out the shape of the shaft on the ball about 3/4" in deep. Then take a hot glue gun and put hot glue in the ball indent. Ram part of the shaft in and you got yourself a pocket pounder!

Stick Salon    Submitted by Will VanLancker

I read the article on stick shaping and "baking" and I have tried all the methods mentioned. You are right, the stove seems to work the best and boiling is a very easy process to do. I found that using a heat gun (a very, very high powered hair drier) works better than anything else, with the heat gun you have the heat of the stove with unlimited control, you're able to move the heat to all parts of the head without over heating any part of the head by mistake. You also don't have to mess with gloves when heating because the handle remains cool. You can get a heat gun cheap at any big store like Wal-Mart or Home Depot. Thanks alot for the ideas.

Smart Dying: Learning from nature    Submitted by Brent Chadwell, Attackman for Dublin Coffman

There are many patterns you can dye your stick, but it is easier for the goalie to read your shot when your head sticks out like a sore thumb. If you die your stick in a striped pattern, the goalie will not be able to read your shots. This is an advantage even over a white head. The best way to do this is a three color vertical striped pattern (the stripes should run up and down if your stick is parallel to the ground). I've found that red, yellow, and black work well together. The reason the goalie can't read your shot with a striped stick is that the striped pattern will create an after image, making your stick look larger and distorted at high speeds (such as on shots). Many animals have evolved to survive using this pattern. The zebra and milk snake both use a striped pattern to make themselves appear bigger. I hope this helps.

Gourmet Leather Treatment    Submitted by Cameron

When I am preparing leathers for stringing a stick I stretch them and wash them with a very diluted solution of soap and water. After they dry, I massage olive oil into the leathers. I have found that this keeps them supple as well as making them resistant to water. And yes, Extra Virgin is the best!

Dribble Design    Submitted by Scott Israel

I love your website, especially the stick tech section. I've tried a ton of your pocket/pinching/dyeing ideas and I'd like to share one of mine. To get a wicked dye design on your stick, heat the hot glue in a glue gun so its liquidy and pour it down your head so that you get a cool dribble design. Note: Use the same precautions as you would normally with hot glue, and do it outside on top of some newspapers or something so the runnof doesn't ruin anything.

String Your Own!     Submitted by Tom Major

One thing to remember when learning to string your own pocket is that once you learn the basics, it's really up to you. A lot of people think that they need to find a pocket that is already existing omewhere that is perfect for them when however, if they know what they want they should experiment on their own. With the knowledge of basic stringing techniques one can create their own pocket that is absolutely perfect for what they want, and maybe they will stumble across something that they like, and spread it on to others. Remember, if you invent a pocket, you get to NAME it too! Good luck with your own string jobs!"

Don't Bathe Alone     Submitted by Rob Clark

A good way to break in a hardmesh or monstermesh pocket is to bring it in the shower with you and put soap and shampoo on the strings while stretching out the pocket, this helps make the mesh softer, just use a pocket screw or the old knife trick after its dry.

Thanks to all for participating. Keep sending your tips and we'll pick some more in a few months! Send them to!

June 4, 2002