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How do you fix wire stretchers? #7284839
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I have some muskrat stretchers but they are way too wide. I know all about pulling the hide down tight but they are just too wide to start with. Has anyone else had this problem? And how should I fix it? I tried narrowing it down by tying wire around it and left it for 3 weeks but that didnít do anything. Maybe I could cut the joiner at the base then re-bend but I donít know if that will work.

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I had some that were too wide --- try to bend one in at about the apex of the curve -- some that I had were too brittle to do that with and broke at the tip. on those add a little heat to it -(propane or acetylene) - you will take the galvanizing off but they will be functional. the tip doesn't have to be cherry red but you need to see some color change.

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Yep squeeze the top together some is what I do.


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Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7284855
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Just catch bigger muskrats. grin

As mentioned above, bend the nose in, and depending on brand of stretcher, tweak the bottom corners up and in.



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Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: H2ORat] #7284863
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Originally Posted by H2ORat
I had some that were too wide --- try to bend one in at about the apex of the curve -- some that I had were too brittle to do that with and broke at the tip. on those add a little heat to it -(propane or acetylene) - you will take the galvanizing off but they will be functional. the tip doesn't have to be cherry red but you need to see some color change.

If you use heat to bend them, be careful not to breath in any of the fumes from the galvanizing as it is highly toxic!


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Originally Posted by 20scout
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I had some that were too wide --- try to bend one in at about the apex of the curve -- some that I had were too brittle to do that with and broke at the tip. on those add a little heat to it -(propane or acetylene) - you will take the galvanizing off but they will be functional. the tip doesn't have to be cherry red but you need to see some color change.

If you use heat to bend them, be careful not to breath in any of the fumes from the galvanizing as it is highly toxic!

Drink milk if you breathe too much galvanized ---- it does help, Don't ask me how I know. Has anyone on this site welded pvc or pe? It is definetly best to weld or heat galvanized in a well ventillated area -- use a fan or hold your breathe when the smoke gets thick. Have done it for 30 years ----- yes be careful --- it does affect everyone a little differently.

Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7284931
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if they are ok top and bottom but too wide in the middle you can draw them down with nailing twine


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Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7284943
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Are those Peerless stretchers? Just save em for the big ones, if they are.

Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7285017
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They can be bent by hand and bent back without being heated KISS.


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Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7285023
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Careful about tweaking them. They're designed to be squeezed to get the hides started so they're right when you release stretcher. If you get them bent you might have issues with loose hides. You shouldn't need to bend them unless it's making the hides the wrong dimensions.

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Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7285044
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To wide of a form will thin the leather In those rats and they will be down graded.


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Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Law Dog] #7285076
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Originally Posted by Law Dog
They can be bent by hand and bent back without being heated KISS.

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Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Turtledale] #7285098
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Originally Posted by Turtledale
Originally Posted by Law Dog
They can be bent by hand and bent back without being heated KISS.

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Iíve tried it 100 times. They are too springy

Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7285104
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If you do need to bend them. You actually have to over do it to account for the spring. Or just simply add a few wraps of duct tape/gorilla tape just below the shoulders

Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7285105
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As long as the bottom of the form Is still the original length you won't be able to get the size you want. Cut the bottom wire in the center then over lap those wires to the size you want. Take a steel nut and run both wires though It and the smash It flat. Or if you have a welder just tack them together.

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Re: How do you fix wire stretchers? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7285170
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Lock your fingers together and squeeze a couple inches down from the tip with your palms you need to over squeeze as it will come back a bit Iíve done it a hundred times the newer ones just bend in and donít come back the same. Itís really not super easy but itís not rocket science it wire.


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Bend at the apex of the curve as stated. Then go down to the 18 inch mark and put some duct tape around and tighten to 6he standard wooden stretcher width. You can put another strip up at about the shoulder also do get that down to the desired width.

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