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« on: October 08, 2017, 06:47:36 AM »

Help please. A friend has some Rapiers that will not fire. Is there a problem with recent batches, or have they maybe got damp? Do the electric igniters do better?
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 06:58:49 AM »

I find that it helps to stick a thin drill bit up the nozzle and rotate to chip away some powder. I use a pin vice to hold the bit. This helps with ignition.
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 10:20:45 AM »

Recent batches? Aren't they all at least ten years old?
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2017, 10:40:23 AM »

Mine are over 10 years old, kept in whatever the prevailing atmosphere as my work area which is in the house proper, are they still probably trash?
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2017, 12:13:06 PM »

Thanks all. They were available in the UK until recently if you knew the right people but I now gather there was a bad batch. Older ones should be ok if kept somewhere warm and dry for a few weeks.
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2017, 10:02:18 PM »

Mine are over 10 years old, kept in whatever the prevailing atmosphere as my work area which is in the house proper, are they still probably trash?
Inspect them. If the case looks like it is splitting lengthwise they are trash. Not all batches were unstable like this and it had nothing to do with how they were stored.
If you do not see this flaw in the casing they are probably OK.
At some stage quality was miserable then they became unavailbehere in the states. I sold my entire stash of nearly 75 motors years ago and changed over to micro EDF.
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