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#200439 - 07/24/22 09:02 AM Re: Plugging balance holes [Re: BowlerBill]
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Believe it or not, all reactive balls have a moisture content when you buy them. Over time and it's different for each ball, that moisture will evaporate. Once that happens, the ball will become brittle and crack-out. Unless you buy a Terrarium bag or have some other kind of humidor, there's no way to stop this process.

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#200440 - 07/24/22 09:22 AM Re: Plugging balance holes [Re: 82Boat69]
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Hello Boat. Glad to see someone else here. Yeah I read what you stated somewhere but plugging seems to speed up the process.
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#200441 - 07/24/22 09:48 AM Re: Plugging balance holes [Re: BowlerBill]
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I know that the plug material is not the same as what reactive balls are made of. It would seem that just about any material might expand and contract, weakening the material around it.

I've never heard of a blank cracking out, but I've had balls that were drilled but 'not' plugged that cracked-out. Maybe, any procedure that opens the surface allows the evaporation to begin.

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#200442 - 07/24/22 10:05 AM Re: Plugging balance holes [Re: 82Boat69]
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Could be. The inner filler material is never exposed to the elements until drilled.The cracking always starts from a drilled hole.I have noticed on all the balls not only the outer surface but also part of the inner filler material is also cracked.

I always wondered if de_oiling a ball contributed to the cracking. Both balls had a solid cover and were recently de-oiled within a month or 2 of cracking.
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#200443 - 07/24/22 02:28 PM Re: Plugging balance holes [Re: BowlerBill]
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I think the expertise of the person mixing the filler material also comes into the scenario.

There's a video on Youtube that claims, the oil that is soaked up by reactive balls, barely goes past the surface. So, it's unlikely oil is a contributing factor. Also, polish and resurfacing only last about 7 frames, so I've stopped doing both.

When we buy balls we need to accept they'll only last a limited number of games and then we'll need to replace them.

I live where it can be a hundred during the day and less than 70 overnight. The expansion and contraction probably plays a major roll in the life of a ball. Even stored indoors, every reactive ball I ever owned, eventually cracked.

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