Re: Attaching a tip
Get the tip off per Rip Tide's instructions.
Remove any excess glue from the tip of the rod blank. You can carefully use a box cutter, single edged razor blade, or some fine sand paper. The masking tape protects the blank. Scrape with the blade toward the tip rather than slicing. Make sure you have removed enough old glue from the rod tip so that the tip top will slide back on.
I have the hot melt glue for tip tops, but you can use a hot melt glue stick the same color as your rod blank. Shave several fine slivers off the glue stick with your box cutter or single edge razor blade and put them into the tip top.
Use a hemostat to hold the tip top and heat it with a lighter to melt the glue. Slide it onto the rod tip. Adjust to line it up with the guides before the glue sets.
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