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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 11:40 pm    Post subject: Powder Horn Repairs Reply with quote

It's happened to all of us who build horns. You are drilling the spout or fitting the base plug. You either (a) drill off center and out the side of the spout or (b) have a tiny air leak at the base. Makes you want to take up mud wresting don't it ? Well, don't toss the horn yet. Here is how to fix the the "goobered up spout". Save all the saw dust from filing and rasping the horn. Mix half to three quarters of a tea-spoon of the dust with epoxy or carpenter's hide glue. (I've used two ton epoxy, but prefer hide glue for authenticity) You want it fairly thick. Using a pop-sicle stick to apply the mix, cover the unwanted hole with a generous dose. Allow to dry and harden. Gently file and buff off the excess. With careful work, you can blend this in and if you stain or paint the horn it's barely noticeable. To keep the goop from leaking into the spout opening, insert a paper straw in the spout as a dam. After everything cures, you can remove most of the paper with tweezers. The same mixture makes a good sealer for the base plug. Apply it to the inside of the horn base or the base of the plug either way. Insert your base plug and make sure it is where you want it. Now, before the mixture hardens, blow into the spout to force the "goop" into the tiny areas that might leak air. Secure the horn with the base DOWN so any excess goop will further seal and secure the plug. The horn dust makes a good filler and it blends in with the rest of the horn.

Submitted by: Pete - petestines@yahoo.com on October 03, 2003

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you do about a split tip?

I finished a horn and decided it looked stubby.
I took out my tap and was going to tap it to add an extension spout.
The horn started to split down the side.

Is there a good repair for this problem, or just leave it on the shelf and move on?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darylee,

If you can get the crack opened up a bit so that you can get some of the above-mentioned hide glue in it, then clamp it up to dry, you should have a very strong repair.

Be sure that when you go looking for hide glue that you get the powdered stuff, not the liquid. You can find it wherever they sell primitive archery supplies.

Hide glue is incredibly strong when cured, but it is not water-proof. I doubt, however, that you'll be soaking your horn in water for extended periods, so I think it'll be fine.

A hypodermic needle might be useful for getting thin glue in tight cracks. I save the ones from vaccinating the dogs for such puposes (I wash 'em out good after their first use).
You have to work quick, though. The hide glue wants to set quick.

Good luck,

Don
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you

The crack runs from the lip down about an inch
yes, i can get it open and have a shop near where I can get the hide glue easily.
I can meke it too though plenty of rawhide here.

Suggestions on tapping the top for the screw in tip?
tip is made and has 1/2" thread

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