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Old 14-12-2013, 12:25   #1
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How to Remove Hanks

I want to remove a couple of hanks on a jib to replace the little plastic washers that protect the edge of the sail from chaffe. These are the type of hank that hook through a stainless eyelet, not sewn on, made out of bronze. Do I just use a couple of pair of pliers and gently bend to remove?
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Re: How to Remove Hanks

Yes, BUT really really carefully, you can get two bends out of a hammer-on hank usually, make it more of a curve, and only just what you need.
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Re: How to Remove Hanks

so after two times the end breaks off?
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I average 9 out of 10 breaking..
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I average 9 out of 10 breaking..
So it would be a good idea to get some spares?
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Re: How to Remove Hanks

If you can get them off without breaking, it is fairly easy to anneal them. This restores their malleability, and you should then be able to re-install them without breaking.

It's pretty simple: soot up the area that bends, using a candle flame, kero lamp or acetylene torch. Then heat the hanks up until the soot burns off and then let them cool slowly. I've been successful in doing this and thus saved a bunch of replacements.

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Re: How to Remove Hanks

Interesting, does this weaken the hank?
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Re: How to Remove Hanks

Cburger,

It really depends on the alloy and heat treatment of the current hanks, there is no one size fits all answer.

For what it's worth, we got rig of metal hanks and went to small soft shackles. They work just as well, and are replaceable at will.
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Interesting, does this weaken the hank?
Well, I can't really say! But, I've never had one break in use, either before or after annealing. Corrode, wear out, you bet, but not break.

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Re: How to Remove Hanks

Does the spring soften from the heat assuming they are piston hanks?
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Does the spring soften from the heat assuming they are piston hanks?
I have not had that problem. I use a propane torch to heat 'em, and keep the heat around the area where the tang bends. So far, so good.

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