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Twin sheet lead blocks need rubber stand up?

I've tried to find an answer without consulting the gurus here but alas, Hi gurus. I have some otherwise nice twin sheet genoa blocks on my 1 1/4 track but they have a serious problem of always laying down so that my genoa sheets ride on the metal housing and not on the block. It puts my sheet at a sharp angle over a sharp edge and is no good whatsoever.

I see that my blocks, like all of them, are supposed to pivot from side to side, and yet mine lay all the way down and this allows the sheet to ride on the housing instead of pulling up the block.

My question is this: I see on the sides of my blocks that there are holes, as though there should be a rubber stopper or support of some type that would solve this problem nicely. No where on the unit does it state manufacturer. Does anyone out there have a similar block and know where I could find these rubber supports?

Sorry, I don't have a picture yet.

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I've tried to find an answer without consulting the gurus here but alas, Hi gurus. I have some otherwise nice twin sheet genoa blocks on my 1 1/4 track but they have a serious problem of always laying down so that my genoa sheets ride on the metal housing and not on the block. It puts my sheet at a sharp angle over a sharp edge and is no good whatsoever.

I see that my blocks, like all of them, are supposed to pivot from side to side, and yet mine lay all the way down and this allows the sheet to ride on the housing instead of pulling up the block.

My question is this: I see on the sides of my blocks that there are holes, as though there should be a rubber stopper or support of some type that would solve this problem nicely. No where on the unit does it state manufacturer. Does anyone out there have a similar block and know where I could find these rubber supports?

Sorry, I don't have a picture yet.

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Somewhere Alex (Guiletta) has posted on how to make a perfectly acceptable stand-up block using a tennis ball. He even included drawings.
It may be on Anything-Sailing. Can't remember. It seemed like a pretty cool idea though.
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Its on here somewhere.
Search "Poor Man's Stand up Block".
Here you go..........The Poor Man Standing Block

I'm not sure how well it will adapt to a Block on a Track.
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Thanks so much for the link. I'd seen that before but forgotten about it. I'm not sure how I could use tennis balls to hold up my track block, but maybe. I still have to think these blocks were originally built to stand up pretty well, and that over time the rubber just wore out and the PO threw it away. I just need to find, or make, the rubber piece to fit the hole that's already there. I've googled rubber for track blocks and you don't want to know what I came up with!
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b'rope...
Not sure I had the exact same problem, but I've made some jib sheet fairlead blocks stand up by tightly wrapping a piece of bicycle inner tube around the base, under the block, and then tieing it off with cable ties.
If you need a photo, please let me know.
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That's a clever idea that I can see working well. I wonder how the inner tube stands up to UV? How long have you had this in place and under what sort of conditions? A picture would be great.
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Man I love Google. I searched UV resistance of bicycle tubes and came up with this: UV resistance of silicone rubber compared with that of other elastomers
which explains why the stuff resists UV well. I even got to practice my old organic chemistry skills from college!

If no one has better information I'll try the tubes, as they are at least a good stop gap. May look bad, but then again I try to keep her ugly so as not to distract from my wife's beauty. Don't want any more competition for my affections...
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The tennis ball idea that Gui has posted about should work fairly well, even on a block on track, provided the ball sits on the car properly.
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You can also tie on a bit of shock cord to hold the block up to the life lines.
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