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Forming Bundled Tubing
By John A. Tuttle

Terry Smythe wrote:

> I've never been able to figure out how to get the rubber tubing to
> lay out in nice neat loops following the curve of the old metal
> tubing.  The only way I could manage was to lay down some double-
> sided sticky tape and leave it there.  I was not pleased with the
> process and have always wondered how the experts do it.  There has
> to be a better method.

I just tell it to "Lay down and shut up!"  (No, not really!)

The best method I've found is using synthetic hot glue from a glue gun.
Draw the lines on the wood where the tubing is suppose to go before you
remove it, or as you are removing it, depending on the location.  Then,
as you're installing the neoprene tubing, tack it in place with dots or
small beads of hot glue.  It really works great on the second layer too.

I use the same technique on uprights so the tubes aren't dangling all
over the place.  It also eliminates the need to "tie up" the tubing,
which could lead to collapsed tubes down the road.  You can actually
make 90-degree or greater turns in a one-inch space without the tube
binding or pinching.  It eliminates lots of elbows and it's not so
permanent that it won't come apart later.  Just a slight tug and the
tube is free as long as you use the glue sparingly.

I've never had one fall apart all by itself.  And, if you're really
good with the gun, you can't even see the glue because it's only on the
underside.  Looks like magic.

Musically, John A. Tuttle
John A Tuttle "Self-Playing Pianos"
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(Message sent Mon 16 Dec 1996, 21:01:32 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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