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E-Lacrosse Stick Tech Q&A with Justin Skaggs #8 - Stick Dying

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Stylin’ Strings Q&A with your host Justin Skaggs

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Hey I just dyed and strung for my first time and it looks great. I used old strings from my brothers broken stick but it turned out great. Thanks for all the tips on stick tech. They really helped! Submitted by  Oliver.

 

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I’ve attached a few pics of a stick I built. I made the shaft out of hickory and dyed and strung the head (Gait Chaos). The shaft has a hollow core. It’s light and durable. The shaft in the picture was used by my son last season. I sanded it, put on a new coat of stain and painted it for his new look. Submitted by Rich

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Stick Tech Q&A with your host Justin Skaggs

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I’m a pretty avid reader of the site, especially the stick tech. Here are some of the heads I’ve done.

Hope you like them.

Also, here’s a good tip for getting off hot glue, which is always tricky.  Freeze the head overnight. Then pinch it with your hands while it’s still cold so the glue cracks right off.

- Kasper

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Three Good Tips

First of all, I’d like to thank you for the awesome site you have. I have probably read every article here twice. Now for the tips:

1: Instead of using ball and knife, use a medium sized face towel and multiple knives/pencils/pens or whatever you regularly use. You can form the shape of your pocket easily this way, and it solves the problem I used to get all the time with ball and knife where the base of pocket is only the size of the bottom of the ball.

2: Stretching out mesh is the most important part of stringing. If you don’t stretch your mesh enough, you will have no pocket.

3. If you dye often, set up a space in your basement or whatever where you can dye without worrying about making a mess. Get a portable electric burner so you don’t have to make trips back and forth to the stove. Get your own pot to dye in, and always have containers ready to save the dye in, so you don’t constantly need new dye.

- Charlie

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Pinching a head

I was just reading the section on pinching your heads and there’s another way to pinch your head without using the stove or places where you might melt the plastic. What I do is I prepare the head by using strings or whatever I have to pinch the head. Then I place it in boiling hot water. Usually I just put the water in the sink then leave it for an hour. Then you take it out and dry it off and it’s pinched.  - Peter

The Reader Tips Blog will be filled with tech tips from our readers from the beginning to the advanced level. We won’t worry too much if they are repetitive or a little crazy. We’ll just let the feedback that each tip gets speak for itself, although we do require politeness. Remember that kids of all ages are on here and you should never really put down a fellow lacrosse fanatic, which is what you are.

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Turning Soft Mesh Into Hard Mesh

I’ve been playing lacrosse for 4 years now in Ottawa and I play both field and box. I found your site a couple years back when I was looking for a way to break in my new stick and it’s helped me then and lots of times after. My first tip is how to turn soft mesh into hard mesh. I know some people say take out the mesh from your stick and boil it in different substances like sugar or something, but if you use a bit of hairspray all over your mesh you can change your stick to hard mesh in no time. This method also doesn’t involve unstringing your stick and restringing it, and you don’t have to wait to let your mesh dry. My second tip is when pinching a head, boiling water is the way to go. - Luke

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Getting a Good Grip on Your Stick

First off I’d like to say that I love your site! I have a good tip that apparently is used by lots of players in Maryland. Lots of players like to tape their stick in the sweet spot where their top hand goes when they shoot. Next time you do this, before you put tape on that area, roll some up to form a “string” and spiral it around your stick where you want grip, and then tape over it. It gives a good grip for your fingers if you space the spirals about one inch apart. This is also a good trick at the top of your stick right under the head, and works best with thick cloth tape. -Jacob

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Don’t Throw Out That Broken Head

I keep old broken heads as a great way for testing new dye colors or ideas. Whenever you want to try something new, do it first on a head that won’t be missed if the dye turns out bad. If you see a teammate completely break a stick or know of anyone with old heads lying around, grab them to use. -Patrick

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Chemo/Shure Shot Pocket

First off, I just wanted to say your site is great. It has helped me get a lot of different ideas over the years. Here are some pictures of a slight variation of a chemo/Shure shot pocket that I did. Enjoy! - Josiah from Cary, NC

Chemo/Shure shot pocket 1

Chemo/Shure shot pocket 1

Chemo/Shure shot pocket 2

Chemo/Shure shot pocket 2

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Stick Your Head in the Freezer!

I am a junior in high school. I have dyed almost 20 heads for friends and family. Until recently, I always got frustrated trying to peel off all the stickers, hot glue, etc. that was on the now-dyed stick. Then I thought of the solution. Once I have rinsed the head and activated the dye, I dry the head with a paper towel, put the head in a sealed freezer bag, and put the bag in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. The hot glue will literally fall off the head because it becomes so brittle. The glue that holds stickers and tape on also freezes and comes off easily and with no mess. - Patrick

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