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#103297 - 09/20/09 10:58 PM Re: How bad is a crack over the bridge? [Re: hoppy]
Atochabsh Offline
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It does depend on whether the crack leads into a void in the finger holes where the driller has tunnelled the finger holes.

A bridge that has been weakened by holes that intersect or by
insufficient lateral pitches
= tunnelling

Drilled the bridge too narrow. The bridge should NOT crack. If they drilled it too fast with too dull a bits (and the bits get dull quickly) then that will overheat the coverstock in that drilling area and lead to cracking.

I would not just let it go. I would insist that it be repaired. As soon as possible so that it doesn't get wider.


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#103914 - 09/26/09 08:50 PM Re: How bad is a crack over the bridge? [Re: Atochabsh]
123seeyah Offline
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Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 79
A/S/L: 26/M/Philippines
had the same problem with my Virtual Energy..

had inserts..

holes drilled with a distance to PIN about quarter an inch..

after throwing it for about 4 games, a small crack transverse between the ring finger and the PIN..

read the warranty just to find out the warranty is voided.. haaaay

now i know it has nothing to do with the ball reaction but im too worried about it.. i even don't wanna throw the Virtual Energy of being afraid that the crack might progress to a bigger crack or a chip out of the coverstock.. knowing that the warranty is voided i dont know if i have to use it and just drill out, plug and redrill the ring finger once the crack grew bigger frown
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#103918 - 09/26/09 11:15 PM Re: How bad is a crack over the bridge? [Re: 123seeyah]
JackZ Offline
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Registered: 09/23/09
Posts: 744
A/S/L: 59/M/Cleveland, Ohio
I've had cracks in the bridge due to intersecting holes. More than once, but by different drillers. I've also had a ball that cracked there for no apparent reason. I'll assume it was the dull drill bit mentioned earlier.

All the drillers I've ever met....I liked. A few of them were found to be clueless later. Most of them really knew what they were doing and then A. Got sick B. Retired C. Moved out of state for better oppurtunities. D. Imploded ( I think he overloaded)

I sure hope my driller now sticks around for a while:)
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#107032 - 11/06/09 11:20 PM Re: How bad is a crack over the bridge? [Re: MJbowler]
armybowler85 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 1
A/S/L: 24/M/NC
I am always disappointed when I hear about this happening. I haven't seen your bowling ball, but if it cracked within you first couple of games, it sounds like a Pro Shop error. I worked in a Pro Shop a few years ago and seen this happen often. It is either one of two things: You finger holes were drilled into each other(I have noticed proshops doing this so the grips sit flush in the hole this way they don't have to cut or trim the grip.),or the Pro Shop didn't sand or bevel the edges of the fingerholes after drilling. These are two common errors I see to this day. I would take the ball back to the Pro Shop and demand that it gets repaired properly.

I don't know about you guys but two hundred dollars is alot of money to spend on a ball that cracks the first time you use it!!

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