While browsing some discussions I noticed a lot of people seem to think that kinks are ultimately the death of a hoop. Not true, guys! You can fix a kink!
This method works quite well and has worked for me and others multiple times, but it should be noted that it isn't 100% guaranteed to work with every kink. Some kinks can be too far gone.
Regular black irrigation tubing and HDPE tubing usually respond very well to this method. Polypro may not, as it's far more rigid.
Kinks can be stubborn, a really good way to get them back into shape is with a heat gun. If you don't have one or access to one however, a hair dryer should work too (given it can get fairly hot). What you need to do with it is use the heat gun or hair dryer to heat up the kinked spot, keeping the heat moving around it and never holding it totally still or too close, doing so can melt the tubing or at least make it so malleable that any wrong move can make the tubing warp.
Once you have it heated up, use a pair of long nose pliers to carefully clamp the kink and slowly move it back in to shape... Once you have it close to the round shape (it doesn't have to be perfect yet), keep holding the pliers on it to keep it set there and wait for it to cool (or set the gun/dryer to the cool air setting and use that to speed up this step.) Once it's set to a fairly rounded shape and totally cooled, you can do this process again to try and get in back in the total round shape.
That's it. Hope this helps someone! :)
You think heat would hurt the lights and wiring inside and LED hoop?
That would be the only hoop I've ever kinked. >.>
thanks for sharing..
but it is still kinked, and every time you collapse the hoop there is extra strain and tension on that part and will kink again. I wouldn't suggest collapsing it after you fix it with this method or use extra caution when you do. I have fixed kinks this way with black tubing and for extra support I use like a 2'' piece of tubing slit lengthwise and push it inside the hoop towards the kink. Then I can collapse again without kinking. But with led hoops I don't think you would have enough space inside for this method
my collapsible hoop has just kinked!! its such a tragedy I believe this happened because I wasn't properly closing the hoop :(( I need to take it on a plane this weekend with me.. would it completely ruin the hoop if it was stored collapsed with the kink in it? I will definitely try to use this method prior to traveling. As of right now the kind doesn't affect my hooping.
Nice, good advice! At Burning Man this year I straitened out my hoop that had gotten kinked after being crammed in the car for a week using boiling water and steam!
Hey, I just wanted to add to this thread since I found it by searching for "kinked tubing" and then used it on 2 polypros that got kinked during shipping and arrived that way to me. It totally worked, it was like magic! There's still a little mark across the inside, but the shape is restored. I'm gonna put some gaffer tape around the inside anyway, so they're totally fine this way.