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Old 08-03-2003, 07:37 AM   #1
Kelly Moore
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I finally finished stuffing 20# of damp sand into a basketball. I figure I'll seal the hole with epoxy and duct tape...should I pump any air into the ball once sealed? How squishy should this thing be?
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Old 08-03-2003, 11:33 AM   #2
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Kelly:

I posted roughly this same answer to "comments" board for the WOD on 7/29, if you've already seen that, ignore this . . .

Basically, 2 observations: Some degree of squishiness is probably OK (all the expensive leather ones always have some "give"). I doubt that you can seal in any air you pump in . . . the kind of closures we can get after slitting it open aren't likely to stay absolutely airtighgt very long. So I wouldn't worry about the squishiness.

I would try to secure the fill hole by all means possible, however. I tried to "sew" mine up with a large needle and dental floss for "thread" . . . I still think this would help, but I busted the needle pushing and pulling it with pliers, so I'll have to try it next time with some sort of monster needle.

To be really secure, I'd sew it, then glue it, and then do the duct tape wrap.

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Old 08-06-2003, 05:14 PM   #3
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I have made many medicine balls in this fashion and have a few suggestions.
1. Always use CHEAP rubber basketballs, the leather ones are harder to fill and won't hold as much (only 15 lbs.).
2. Duct tape fixes and holds everything. If it breaks, tape it up some more.
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Old 08-06-2003, 06:06 PM   #4
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David and David,

Thank you for your suggestions. The beast is done; kind of squishy and it feels really heavy...I think the first time I need to use it for wall ball, I better be near a phone to call 911.
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