bolts............what do you prefer?

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Re: bolts............what do you prefer?

Postby chh » Feb 25, 2010 7:46 pm

caverdoc wrote:I started setting bolts at VPI in the late 70's, using 1/4" Star drills and split-shank bolts. My, how times have changed!


I've led above rusty quarter inch star drivers before. That was, um, awesome. We call those onsight bolts! :laughing:
God bless a bomber 3/8th!
Your words of caution are no match for my disaster style!
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Re: bolts............what do you prefer?

Postby ljthawk » May 17, 2010 10:10 pm

Chad,

Too bad you didn't come to NCRC, I brought my sampler stash and could have given you a short primer.

Let me know, next time I am down caving with you guys I can bring some stuff.

In a nut shell, for caving I have mostly used the Fixe wedge, short for hand drilling and the double wedge when power drilling. I also used the Petzl wedge and some other stainless non climbing brand wedges. I have played with the triplex and plan to use them, but have not to date in a cave. Many friends still use the Petzl self drills for speed, lightweight and convenience, but I try not to.

I have also played with glue ins, but have not used them in a cave.

Check out these links I posted several years back. Do a search, the discussions still may be in the archives.

http://www.imdl.gatech.edu/ljthawk/fixe ... der_04.pdf

http://www.imdl.gatech.edu/ljthawk/fixe ... g_1_04.pdf

http://www.imdl.gatech.edu/ljthawk/fixe ... _table.pdf

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Re: bolts............what do you prefer?

Postby Chads93GT » May 30, 2010 9:02 am

LJ Thanks. Did you perform those tests yourself? Thats some pretty rad stuff. Bring whatever you want to show me the next time you come down, I am willing to learn anything you want to teach me. I talked to Bruce Smith about the Fixe bolts at MVOR and he explained why they are superior/preferred as I had never seen them in person before much less known why they were "all that."

Hopefully you can come down with Todd in July.
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Re: bolts............what do you prefer?

Postby monkey » Aug 13, 2010 4:35 pm

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Re: bolts............what do you prefer?

Postby Chads93GT » Dec 17, 2012 11:39 am

Fun times rereading this thread. The tree i talkedabout in the first post literally blew down early this year and shattered into a hundred pieces in the valley floor. it was big and hollow and now its gone,lol. great information here.
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