Uh, have you tried the pro shop at the bowling alley? They have some sort of
stuff they plug old holes with to redrill used balls. Take in the ball, and
the eyebolt with a few nuts and washers small enought to fit in the hole,
and see how much they would charge to flow it full of the stuff they use. I
don't know how strong the stuff is against getting pulled out, but it seems
to hold up against the G-loads of getting dropped repeatedly pretty well.
Failing that, I'd try what the other guy suggested about a compression plug.
Basically a jam nut and washer on bottom end of bolt, some thick rubber
washers, and another jam nut and washer on visible end. Hard part will be
getting a wrench on the visible end, around the shaft of the eye bolt, if it
is below surface of ball. Know anybody with a set of crow-foot wrenches?
You'll want to rough up the inside of the hole so the rubber can get
I don't get it. Guy wants to marry but wants to participate in a stripper
act? As part of the celebratory events surrounding the marriage?
Looks like the guy should just forget the marriage idea and stay single.
email@example.com (Bob) wrote:
Wow...lot of work. Get a cheap basketball, cut a hole in it, fill it with
cement, put the chain in (make sure it's linked to a small bar or anchor)
let sit. Cut away the B-Ball material...
Thank you all for your advice and saftey warnings.
It sounds like some of you have had success with just drilling a hole
and screwing the bolt in. I will try this next, if it is loose, will
try will mixed epoxy on the threads.
I will start with a smaller test bolt to see how this goes. Would
wood screw type threads be better than regular machine threads for
this? I don't even know if I could find an eye bolt with wood
I will have to yank the old eye bolt out, shouldn't be that hard, and
I will have to remove the gunk in that hole as best I can. When I
started doing it this way I thought it would work, damn. Never worked
with epoxy before.
While I am at home depot I will look for some kind of way to do the
compression ring thing, but as someone said I couldn't turn the top
nut past the visible end. I could use a jamb nut and washer setup on
the back end and turn the eye bolt, but this would move the bolt
further out of the hole, aesthetically this is not what I want.
The bowling pro shop was one of the best ideas I heard, but I would
rather do it myself, and I don't thikn they would be keen on the idea
of making restraints for people.
If the drilling fails and fails odviously because of tapping problems,
I might try to drill than tap. If that fails I am going JB weld in
the other fingerhole all at once. I was doing it a day at a time
before because I didn't think the stuff would set in a big puddle of
itself, I thought it had to be thin layers.
Yes, they are called "lag screws" instead of wood threads when they get
that big. I think a long lag-screw eye bolt screwed into a hard rubber
bowling ball will be hard enough to unscrew you don't have to worry
about it. Try backing it out yourself, and if you can unscrew it, lube
the threads with just about any kind of glue when you put it back.
You could also drill an oversized hole and put in a lead shield for the
I think the hard part will be drilling a 1/2" or 5/8" hole in the ball.
On 12 Jul 2004 10:55:12 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob) wrote:
Should be easy to find.
Another option, assuming you had a long enough bit, would be to drill
a hole all the way through the ball big enough for the bolt to slide
through. You'd need a looooong bolt, btw. Then drill a larger hole
on opposite end deep enough to countersink the nut you'll use to hold
the eyebolt in place. With a washer, lockwasher, and some locktite,
it won't be going anywhere.
But I still agree with the other guy that recommended premixing some
5-minute epoxy, fill the hole completely, then insert the bolt.
Several tubes of the liquid two part epoxy should work just fine.
Might want to grab a friend to help with this. You'll have to work
fast. Forget about digging out the failed attempt. Use a fresh
fingerhole for this.
"Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum."
My latin is virtually non-existant, but that doesn't look like
a good translation, to me. Seems as if it ought to be ad ventum,
if you want into/towards the wind. non unrinat in ventum looks like
"go inside to piss, if it's windy" to me. Placement, as opposed to
On Wed, 14 Jul 2004 13:38:42 -0400, " email@example.com"
BTW, I not that good at it either, but when used with the accusative,
"in" denotes into, towards, or against.
AFAIK, this isn't a classical Latin quote, but comes off some
relatively recent arch erected in Copenhagen, I think. But privately,
I like to imagine there was a sort of Latin Ben Franklin out there who
published a tablet inscribed with wise sayings that all began "Homo
sapiens non...". To think that is the origin or our species name
gives me great joy.
"Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum."
I was picturing the jamb nut method.
If you get the bolt length right (with relation to the depth of the hole),
you should be able to place the eye down in the hole and turn it (directly,
or by the first link of the attached chain) with a vice-grips. Once it
begins to tighten up, the eye shouldn't move much at all, as the rubber is
compressed. If anything, it should move in, just a bit.
Bob, I'd say go with the concrete. It wil be less work, and the results
will look better. A bowling ball, no matter what you do to it, is going to
look like... well, a bowling ball. :-)
You don't even need the bolts, just suspend the end of a piece of chain
right in to the cement while it cures, paint the ball (optional) and you're
For detailed, step by step instructions, see:
Third item down would be good for a ball and chain I would think.
Actually, that looks good, but I'm not sure if that locks, but the same
place will probably have something that does, browse through the pages.
(Please don't ask me how I know about these URLs.) ;-)
So it turns out I was retarded, and all you have to do is drill a hole
and screw it in. No tapping required. I added some epoxy for good
measure, some in the hole and then coating the bolt. I screwed it in
and took the extra epoxy that seaped out and smoothed it around the
hole and bolt because it looks cool and was easier than wiping it off.
The failed attempt in the finger hole came out no problem, and there
was no real trouble cleaning the non-set epoxy out,just a mess. I was
even able to reuse the bolt.
I am going to find a leather strap to make the shackle out of so it
will be more comfortable.
Also, if you ever do this and are drilling by hand, start with a small
drill bit and build up to a bit that is a smidge smaller than the
actual bolt diameter. The unsteadyness of hand drilling into a round
object caused the drill to oscilate enough to mill the hole out to the
actual bolt diameter. My actual 1/2 inch drill bit made a hole too
big for my 1/2 inch bolt, had to drill twice.
Thanks for the advice.
Marriage is a committment between man and woman. Hiring a stripper is a
totally awful way to build trust and get the committment started.
A ball and chain symbolic of a wife, is a totally terrible idea, also.
Someone (probably you) doesn't understand the covenant of marriage.
Rethink the entire idea. You're a marriage wrecker.
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