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How does one take off a Trekking Pole Tip?
I have a replacement tip but I can not get off the original tip. These are GG fixed length poles. Thanks for any info!
I've never done this with a GG pole, but a few minutes of immersion in boiling water followed by a firm yank with pliers would be the first thing I'd try.
I couldn't get the tips of my LT4s off with boiling water. I held the shaft in a vice with some rubber padding and slowly carved the plastic off with a sharp knife & razor blade. It works, but it takes a lot of effort.
I've done it on a GG fixed pole before. Have someone hold the pole for you, then take a small block of wood and put it on the top edge of the broken tip. Tap the block with a hammer towards the end of the pole. It should break the glue and come right off. See picture.
Step 1) Secure the pole in a vice,with padding, vertically gives better leverage in step 3. Step 2) attach a vice grip pliers to the tip on the upper 1/3.Step 3) strike the pliers with a hammer, repeat.Edit: the wood block idea looks easy too.
Edited by redmonk on 10/15/2013 15:23:11 MDT.
With my GG poles, no amount of heating or hammer striking worked. I had to whittle and shave the plastic of the tips away on two sides then peel the tip off. I put the new tips on without glue. They've stayed put.
Thanks for all the great ideas people! I will let you know what worked.Trekking Poles are always a important piece of gear: RedMonk
I too had this problem on some Black Diamond Poles. What I ended up doing was using a knife to cut the tips off. I would make two straight cuts parallel to the poles, cutting all the way through the plastic to the aluminum. Each cut would start at the end of tip nearest the handle and going for 0.5 - 1 inch in length. Each cut would be completely opposite the other. After you make those cuts, you can easily pull the tips off. The entire process takes about 2-3 mins.
I boiled it for about 10 minutes and then it came off pretty easy with some pliers. Now I will mix up some J-B Weld and connect the new to Tip. Thanks for all the great suggestions.
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