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post #4 of Old 04-10-2011
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Before drilling the machine screws that hold on the caps, (WD40 may work, but you will probably not be patient enough to wait that long) see if you can find a steel electrician's snake, which they use to fish wires inside walls. Twist the end around so that it will (hopefully) snag the loose end but still fit through whatever opening you have to work with. Poke it in and use your Zen skills to figure out where the line is. Taking the boom off the mast and turning it so gravity pulls the outhaul to the bottom, or so that it's held up where you can get it by the reefing lines may help. You might also be able to snag it from the other end, pull it out, and then re-snake it. The wire is much better than trying to train a gerbil. When we run messenger lines inside a spar, I try to remember to sew things together, and then tape over it so it slips smoothly over the sheaves. The outhaul may lead through a tackle inside the boom. If the line has come off the blocks inside, you WILL have to remove the endcap(s) in order to re-thread it. We know this because...
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