[CR]Spreading clamps the wood way

Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 09:07:41 +0900
From: Dennis Young <mail@woodworkingboy.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>, <jvs@sonic.net>
In-Reply-To: <CATFOODkatd4gmSknvh00001752@catfood.nt.phred.org>
Subject: [CR]Spreading clamps the wood way

A hardwood very slightly tapering dowel is a good way to spread round clamps. As one member has already suggested, even pressure on all points is the ticket to not fracturing the chrome, paint, etc. Use a little WD 40 so it slides without grabbing, and even pressure pushing it through, or the less desirable light taps with a mallet. You can mark the dowel at the correct diameter to keep from spreading too far.

Dennis Young Hotaka, Japan

> Last time today,
> Okay, I'll ask one more time (the silence is deafening) does ANYONE
> have experience with spreading open chromed frame clamps - cable guides,
> housing clamps, etc.- without wrinkling the chrome? Is it possible?
> Surely some of you have done this. What were your results? Any
> suggestions as to how to prevent the chrome from wrinkling?
> Thank you..
> Jay Sexton
> Sebastopol, CA