Repairing 9" Easton alloy stakes
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Danny Sharp
(Dannyj) - M

Locale: Australia
Repairing 9" Easton alloy stakes on 05/11/2014 06:48:11 MDT Print View

The heads are starting to pull off my Easton stakes, can I re-glue them back on, if so what is the best glue. Or would it be best to pin them?

Cheers

Danny

Daniel D
(Dandru) - M

Locale: Down Under
Re: Repairing 9" Easton alloy stakes on 05/11/2014 07:17:24 MDT Print View

I've got a few heads coming off as well, so with a bit of Google-fu, I found this thread where Ron Bell recommends a small dab of epoxy glue.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=64874&startat=20

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Repairing 9" Easton alloy stakes on 05/11/2014 07:30:18 MDT Print View

Danny,
Contact Easton via email. They may send new stakes. They have in the past.

The failures occur because the head was not completed seated. Subsequent pounding drives the head onto the stake, shearing the bond.

If you re-bond, do your best to clean out the head and the top of the stake to avoid a repeat.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Re: Repairing 9" Easton alloy stakes on 05/11/2014 07:33:23 MDT Print View

Huh. I've lost 5 heads from 2 different batches of Easton stakes in the past 2 trips. And I never hammer my stakes, I just use my foot to push them in.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Re: Repairing 9" Easton alloy stakes on 05/11/2014 07:37:45 MDT Print View

Jennifer,
The new version or the "originals"?

If new, I'm sure you can get them replaced. From the thread above, PM Clint with details (first post). He seems sincere in understanding what's going on, and ready to help.

If old, I wonder if the epoxy ages and gets brittle.

Edited by greg23 on 05/11/2014 07:40:23 MDT.

Rick Adams
(rickadams100) - M
rivets on 05/11/2014 07:55:04 MDT Print View

I like the easton stakes but got tired of the heads pulling off regularly. I drilled thru the head and shaft and used rivets long enough to go all the way thru. I've hammered them with rocks and actually pretzeled one but the heads remain attached.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Repairing 9" Easton alloy stakes on 05/11/2014 08:35:22 MDT Print View

I had the same issue with some from Tarp Tent, Henry advised
a dab of glue, that was years ago and no issues since.

Danny Sharp
(Dannyj) - M

Locale: Australia
Thanks on 05/11/2014 16:37:07 MDT Print View

Thanks I'll email Easton today and see what they say, these are new stakes and I've never hit them with a rock. I went to pull them out of the soft grassy soil and off came the head. I would rather repair them myself than send them back but I'll see what they say first.

Cheers

Danny

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Re: Repairing 9" Easton alloy stakes on 05/11/2014 21:56:50 MDT Print View

I've always cleaned out the old epoxy, roughed up the surfaces with sandpaper a little, and then re-epoxied them while being certain to seat the heads on fully. Don't be stingy with the epoxy. I always have a bead of extra epoxy around the head.

Also, wiggling the stakes a little to 2-4 directions before pulling out reduces the pulling force and likelihood of a stake decapitation.