An Incredible Failure
Setting update coming soon, but first…
A Phenomenal Failure
I don’t know what happened here. Well, I do, but it’s still pretty amazing. The story starts with these HRT holds we got. They are super thin and super light and strong, and the texture is different but interesting. The problem lies in the fact that they have metric washers. This means the standard heads of the bolts we use work their way through the washers because they are smaller than the washers. It’s a fairly easy fix, you get a washer, we use little lock-washers that are bigger than the bolt heads and bigger than the existing washer, and as you twist the bolt tightens down the washer til it locks. They could be a tad bit bigger and they’d be even better but they’ll do the job.
So we have these HRT holds, we have these lock washers, and Danny is adding one to the bottom of the DRCC bolt-on volume. This volume is awesome, it has many many t-nut options on it and we’ve used nearly all of them at one time when we covered it with tiny blue crimps to prevent a heel-lock and plus it looked cool.
Anyways, as Danny is twisting down the bolt the washer starts to tighten and he has to put a little force into it to make sure the washer locks. Jon is egging him on, one more turn he says, and all of a sudden there’s a minor explosion. And this is what we got:
I should note that I think this particular failure was a combination of factors, not that the hold was necessarily weak but that a lot of spring-loaded force was put on it from the pushed-in hollow-back hold and the lock washer. Also, Danny is a beast. Here are some side photos where you can see how the volume warped into the bolt-hole before it failed:
So that happened. I still think the volume is a good hold, and we’re going to get another one. Just perhaps avoid unduly stressing the t-nuts, especially the center t-nut with all the others around to make it theoretically the weakest one on the volume.
And that’s all for now. I’ll update again soon with a setting update, some sweet new holds we just got, and more shenanigans from the crew. Exciting training update also on the horizon!