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Travel Cane Splint

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To temporarily repair a travel cane when it breaks at the joint. This splint is designed to be carried in a pocket, purse, or brief case for use when needed. Mark the top and bottom of a length of half-inch diameter CPVC pipe (used for hot water) into quarters. Using a table saw, cut out one quarter of the circumference of the top and bottom for the length of the pipe. Cut the pipe into as many four-inch long sections as the pipe length permits. Smooth the rough edges with sandpaper so that they slant toward the center of the pipe, ensuring a tight fit around the diameter of the cane. When a break occurs while the cane is in use, snap the splint onto the cane at the fracture to cover the broken joint equally on both sides. The splint is not intended for extended use as it will eventally stretch. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop skills with a table saw. AUTHOR: Tucker Young, K. TITLE: The Splint. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 34 no. 2, Spring 2002: p. 72-73. PAGES: 2. 2002.

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