2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2, Page #14[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Fast Fix” Repair Tape
“I considered several options to mend the break, but nothing made sense until I saw a box of FiberFix at a local hardware store. The fiber tape impregnated with a specialized resin was introduced on the TV show Shark Tank by the inventor, a college student named Spencer Quinn.
“The product claims of ‘Hardens like steel’ sounded too good to be true, but the $9.99 price seemed worth the gamble.
“FiberFix is available in 3 different sizes. I went with the widest 4-in. tape. It came with plastic gloves, some vinyl wrap and a small piece of sandpaper.
“FiberFix is nontoxic but it’s messy. That’s why they include the gloves. The sandpaper is used to roughen up a smooth surface for a better grip.
“Following the directions in the box, I submersed the FiberFix in lukewarm water for about 10 sec., squeezed out excess water and began wrapping the tape over the break. The first 2 turns were loose with the remainder tight. I wrapped about 5 layers directly over the break with others overlapping to cover about 4 in. to either side of the break.
“Once all 60 in. of the tape was used I smoothed the surface and distributed the resin by rubbing it with the gloved hand. I then wrapped the tape tightly with the vinyl strip and left it for about 5 min.
“By the time I took the vinyl off, the FiberFix felt about as hard as steel. I reattached the arms and throttle control while easily trimming away a bit of excess FiberFix tape that was in the way.
“Although there aren’t many weeds to trim in Minnesota in February, it appears to be a good fix. It certainly beats spending several hundred dollars on an equivalent, new trimmer.”
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