Keeping you nuts clean

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Under: Top Tips
"look after you gear and your gear will look after you"

An old saying that hits the nail on the head here, if you want your climbing kit to last you have to show it some love now and again. Here we look at how to maintain the cornerstone of any rack - nuts.

An alloy head threaded with a wire swage, not very complex but dirt and salt can build up between the two, and treating it rough can take its toll.

Best way to give this bit of kit a service is to put all your nuts in a bowl of warm slightly soapy water and give them a wash over with your hands. move the nut back and forth along the wire to clean out anything that might be hiding. 

Whilst doing this check the alloy of the nut for and sharp edges that may have resulted from contact with the rock or a nut key. These edges can be removed with some fine emery paper, they don't mix well with skin or ropes.

Also check the wire for any broken sections, these are painful if they stab you and show that the wire has had some real force go through it. Some people will tape over the sharp bit as a "fix", but the best thing to do is retire it and buy a new one - its not worth you life.

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Tags: gear nuts cleaning "rack maintenance" 

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