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Title: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: wtaylorc14 on February 05, 2019, 07:24:09 am
Hi-
I have a 3 week old Michelin on the back of my 14 and I ride about 56 miles each way to work.  This morning, had to cancel work as there was a sheetrock screw about 1 inch from the tire edge on my new tire.  Can I plug this?  I cannot get a new tire right now.  I've plugged tires right in the center and had no issue.  Never close to the edge.  Possible?
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: Rubber_Snake on February 05, 2019, 11:24:30 am
As long as it’s still in the tread, I don’t see why not.  Of course, the best and safest repair would be to patch it.  I’ve had new tires that picked up a nail the same day.  I’ve operated it with a plug for almost the life of the tire with no problems. 

Also, you didn’t say whether it’s the front or rear tire.  If it’s the front, I wouldn’t plug it.  I’d patch it or replace it.  Though it’s unlikely, you wouldn’t want that front spitting out a plug at freeway speeds.  If it’s on the rear, you have more air, which means more time, and better control if you should lose pressure. 

Also, regardless of the type of repair you do, I would always have the air pressures displayed on the dash when riding so you can keep better track of any pressure loss. 
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: katata1100 on February 05, 2019, 12:51:02 pm
You’ll have to replace. Just like car tires , you can’t repair close to sidewall. Call up Michelin and ask them, they tell whether you can patch it. And when I say patch, that’s patch. Unless things have changed, I know of no tire company that approves of plugs. I keep a plug kit in my bike in case I get a flat in BFE, but that’s it .
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: jimmymac on February 05, 2019, 01:47:29 pm
New tire? I'd try a plug. As long as the screw didn't enter at some crazy angle.
And a heads up to the previous poster, I tossed my tire monitors in the trash.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: robertv on February 05, 2019, 02:37:25 pm
Any pics of the culprit? How close to the sidewall? Definitely try to plug it and keep the TPMS screen view-able when riding. Like others have mentioned, if its the rear you're better off trying to plug it. Otherwise with the front it's not a good thing when turning. Going to have to suck it up and get a new tire soon.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: Rubber_Snake on February 05, 2019, 03:40:26 pm
Any pics of the culprit? How close to the sidewall? Definitely try to plug it and keep the TPMS screen view-able when riding. Like others have mentioned, if its the rear you're better off trying to plug it. Otherwise with the front it's not a good thing when turning. Going to have to suck it up and get a new tire soon.
He did say on the back of his 14 so he must mean the rear tire.  As soon as I was reading his post, I was hoping for a picture, too.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: maxtog on February 05, 2019, 04:46:41 pm
Yep, we like pictures :)

If the screw didn't damage any cords, and is not in the sidewall, a patch (which is done from the INSIDE the tire- requires un/remounting) should be perfectly fine.  A plug might be fine too- many have posted for years about a good plug job lasting the life of the tire.  But many don't consider it permanent, like a patch, or as safe as a patch.

Me- I would always worry a plug would fail.  Perhaps it is just my pessimistic outlook on such things.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 05, 2019, 06:12:27 pm
You take a chance with a puncture close to the edge.  One of those sticky ropes will probably hold but I don't think an inside patch will.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: route66tc on February 06, 2019, 05:07:41 am
If I were going to try to repair it, I would go with something like this.  Best of both worlds. YMMV
https://www.amazon.com/Tru-Flate-15-296-Plug-N-Patch-Rubber-Integral/dp/B000CIUOVA (https://www.amazon.com/Tru-Flate-15-296-Plug-N-Patch-Rubber-Integral/dp/B000CIUOVA)
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/616V3dg7S7L._SL1500_.jpg)
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 06, 2019, 07:51:43 am
That's what I used in the good ole days in the 70's on car tires.  Never had a call back.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: kzz1king on February 06, 2019, 08:42:26 am
I think I will get some to carry with me. Sounds like they may come in handy if a plug wont work and a tire cant be had.
Wayne
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: tjhess74 on February 08, 2019, 07:14:38 pm
I'm going to be 'that guy'...I'm almost 45 and have been plugging tires since I was a teenager. Not once have I ever had a plug fail or had a tire issue related to a plug install.  I have also had nail/screws in close proximity to the sidewall, but as has been said, if it's in the tread, go for it. Just like anything else in life, with plugs, you need to use common sense and prep/install properly. My last PR4GT rear had nearly 15k miles on it and 5 plugs. Yep, 5. Two of which were there since the first month it was installed. A job I just recently left was in close proximity to a recycle scrap yard. It was very common to see people pulled over with flat tires within a mile or so of that place.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: Rubber_Snake on February 08, 2019, 10:07:09 pm
I'm going to be 'that guy'...I'm almost 45 and have been plugging tires since I was a teenager. Not once have I ever had a plug fail or had a tire issue related to a plug install.  I have also had nail/screws in close proximity to the sidewall, but as has been said, if it's in the tread, go for it. Just like anything else in life, with plugs, you need to use common sense and prep/install properly. My last PR4GT rear had nearly 15k miles on it and 5 plugs. Yep, 5. Two of which were there since the first month it was installed. A job I just recently left was in close proximity to a recycle scrap yard. It was very common to see people pulled over with flat tires within a mile or so of that place.
Five?  Wow!  I’ve never gone with more than two.  I have had one come out, but that was a pretty big hole, not something like a screw.  (I think there are a few easy boys in that response).
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 09, 2019, 06:57:04 am
5 beats me.  I had three plugs in my rear magnetic Indian tire.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on February 10, 2019, 04:07:27 pm
I've got an old C10 rim and "bald"tire mounted, in my garage, that I used for a "practice" tire, so people could be shown correct procedure for "plugging" with the rubber coated "rope worm" plugs, and also whatever "plugger" they carried..
all of the "punctures" I created in that tire, were made with a cordless drill, and a 1/8" bit, so they were actually "holes" not "nail/screw Punctures"... I went thru 2 dozen "rope/plugs", a half can of "monkey grip tire cement", and also had a half dozen other "plugs" like the pre-glued mini ropes/with tips, and the "stop-n-go" mushroom ones installed.. the only ones that "leaked" were those latter 2 styles, and when replaced (easily pulled right out) with gummy ropes and goobered with glue, they are still holding air... and that demo was in 2007....

granted, I never "ran that tire", but I'm sure when I do pull it off the rim, I won't be able to force ably pull any of those out from inside the carcass... which I attempt on every plugged tire I have ever had, when I end up wearing it out...never could pull one out.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: katata1100 on February 11, 2019, 08:25:27 am
Using a plug can cause damage that can’t be seen. Just because you can’t see the damage doesn’t mean it’s not there.

https://www.carabinshaw.com/amp/unsafe-tire-repair-methods-persist-despite-strong-evidence-of-da.html (https://www.carabinshaw.com/amp/unsafe-tire-repair-methods-persist-despite-strong-evidence-of-da.html)
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on February 11, 2019, 02:57:20 pm
 :rotflmao: :popcorn: :deadhorse: :deadhorse:

I trust a gummy-rubber impregnated rope plug I install, using proper technique, and correctly coated with bonding glue, much more than anything a Smarmy-ambulance-chasing-internet-advertising-ATTORNEY can whip up to get "customers"....

but that's just me... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :stirpot:
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 11, 2019, 06:08:12 pm
I don't need no stinkin bonding glue...  Real men do it with just the gummy rope.


Seriously, I've never coated it with glue and they've all held admirably.  They also keep away pink elephants.  Never seen one while using the gummy ropes and no glue.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: fartymarty on February 12, 2019, 09:41:39 am
Well now that we know who the real sticky rope men are....I've got a question for you both (anybody really)..
...in your vast experience have you noticed any difference in 1) installation ease? 2) sealing ability? 3) longevity of repair?
..between the brown gummy/sticky ropes and the black gummy/sticky ropes?

Don't really care about pink elephants as I have one of those little whistle thingies on my bike designed for deer repelling, doesn't work
on deer but it's excellent for keeping pink elephants away, they are all outta sight before I even come around the corner.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: wtaylorc14 on February 12, 2019, 10:50:24 am
Sorry- been super busy due to falling behind the day I missed work due to the tire.  I did the old sticky rope and rubber cement.  Holding fine, knock on wood.  No leak and holding pressure at 40 psi cold.  Just gonna monitor it.  It was a sheetrock screw that went in about 1 1/2" from the edge and went in at a slight angle.  Thanks for the posts. 
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: kzz1king on February 12, 2019, 02:02:55 pm
What is the optimal drill bit diameter for there sticky things? ;)
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: gPink on February 12, 2019, 04:29:01 pm
I don't need no stinkin bonding glue...  Real men do it with just the gummy rope.


Seriously, I've never coated it with glue and they've all held admirably.  They also keep away pink elephants.  Never seen one while using the gummy ropes and no glue.

I always found a little lube aided insertion in small holes where excess reaming might be counter productive.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on February 12, 2019, 05:23:52 pm
all the worms are typical, brown, black, red, (sold under "monkey grip/Slime/other" generic company kits) and they all are coated in a compatible rubber, which does completely melt and bond them all, to the tire rubber, when the cement is applied LIBERALLY.. and I mean "slathered" on the rope...

my normal progression, is to first, attach my air pump, and begin airing up the flattened tire while I prepare the rope plug, with all the stuff sitting there on the ground on a rag... I fully coat the "rasp" with glue, and insert it, and push/pull 2 or 3 times, then do not withdraw it, while it's goobered with glue, it is sealing...then I squirt the cement on the worm, goober it up good, if it' a small nail hole (like a brad/or 8 penny nail) I make sure the "excess" inside the tire is "short", like 1/2" long, as a doubled up rope (bent in the middle) is a bit excessive for a "small" hole, or even a normal drywall screw... then I pull the rasp out, jam the plugger tool and plug in, twist and withdraw the tool.... it's sealed baby...
if the hole is larger, like a 16 penny spike, or something about 1/8' diameter(that pierced the tire), I'll do the doubled over full worm, with both ends ending up outside the tire tread..

like I noted, I ran a 1/8" drill bit into the tet tire, so a lot of rubber was actually removed, not just displaced like in a "puncture" scenario.

I've installed plugs in various car tires, at work and on the road for people, that jammed a dry plug in, and expected it to work... all I could say to them ALL, was "can't you read directions on the kit?????"
can't fix those people... they made velcro tennis shoes especially for them... 
once you open the tube of glue, might a well toss it out on your way home, when you buy replacement plugs and a fresh tube of glue, and never open them till needed.. I buy Monkey Grip tire cement in 6 oz cans, and keep them sealed.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 13, 2019, 08:03:18 am
I've found two sizes of the sticky rope and I prefer the smaller diameter for fixing normal punctures in any tire.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: kzz1king on February 13, 2019, 10:29:25 am
I did not know that. I get whatever size Walmart has and struggle to get them in car tires sometimes. I often take a drill and open the hole up a little. I will try some of the methods MOB listed unless I am fortunate.
Wayne



I've found two sizes of the sticky rope and I prefer the smaller diameter for fixing normal punctures in any tire.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: fartymarty on February 13, 2019, 06:17:37 pm
all the worms are typical, brown, black, red, (sold under "monkey grip/Slime/other" generic company kits) and they all are coated in a compatible rubber, which does completely melt and bond them all, to the tire rubber, when the cement is applied LIBERALLY.. and I mean "slathered" on the rope...

Thanks for the answer.

....... that jammed a dry plug in, and expected it to work... all I could say to them ALL, was "can't you read directions on the kit?????"
can't fix those people... they made velcro tennis shoes especially for them... 

Well MOB, in defense of those poor velcro shoe wearin' folks, I have seen plenty of plug kits sold without the glue and many even without a reamer/rasp, so there is that. I do agree with you though about the use of glue. I wish I was strong enough to get the plug in with just one quick out and in plunge with the rasp out and the plug in, but it usually involves some escaping air and escaping air flung flying glue. I must be getting enough in there however, because they all seem to hold air and last.

I've found two sizes of the sticky rope and I prefer the smaller diameter for fixing normal punctures in any tire.

I've never seen two sizes, of course I've never looked for the plugs at a truck stop, I imagine they'd have some larger ones available?
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I always found a little lube aided insertion in small holes where excess reaming might be counter productive.

Pinkie, I often think that some of your best efforts just sail overhead and don't get acknowledged.... Or....are they so low in the gutter that folks just step over 'em and ignore you?   :rotflmao:

 
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: gPink on February 14, 2019, 05:01:43 pm
 ;D I get the same reaction at home.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 15, 2019, 07:22:06 am
 :)
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on February 15, 2019, 09:55:32 pm
Thanks for the answer.

Well MOB, in defense of those poor velcro shoe wearin' folks, I have seen plenty of plug kits sold without the glue and many even without a reamer/rasp, so there is that. I do agree with you though about the use of glue. I wish I was strong enough to get the plug in with just one quick out and in plunge with the rasp out and the plug in, but it usually involves some escaping air and escaping air flung flying glue. I must be getting enough in there however, because they all seem to hold air and last.
 
I've never seen two sizes, of course I've never looked for the plugs at a truck stop, I imagine they'd have some larger ones available?
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Pinkie, I often think that some of your best efforts just sail overhead and don't get acknowledged.... Or....are they so low in the gutter that folks just step over 'em and ignore you?   :rotflmao:

in defense of the "kit" you note, without glue, reamer/rasp/insert er... those are just PLUGS... they sell them seperatly... because people that use them, just want plug's and glue... they have the tools.. why add on another $5 when plugs just cost $2.50.. duh.

a for "small hole" plugs... I've simply laid the plug on the ground(on a rag), and stuck my pocket knife in the middle of the long rope, and slit it lengthwise...between the strands.. viola... skinny rope gummy plug.. goober it, and install it.. done...


if people have not used them, or used them incorrectly, I can't change their minds.. but if you are riding with me, and have a puncture, I'll let you decide if I fix it and we are riding again in 10 minutes... or do I say "adios,Muchacha.. I'll call a tow for you, next town I stop in,,"
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: maxtog on February 16, 2019, 06:26:52 am
if people have not used them, or used them incorrectly, I can't change their minds

I carry a full kit with me on the bike, it is in the main bag.  It is really, really old and falling apart (the cardboard/bubble thing).  Looked at it yesterday- a reamer, an inserter, 5 ropes, and glue.  Can't read the directions anymore (from wear).  The sealed glue tube is still soft.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: kzz1king on February 16, 2019, 08:13:30 am


a for "small hole" plugs... I've simply laid the plug on the ground(on a rag), and stuck my pocket knife in the middle of the long rope, and slit it lengthwise...between the strands.. viola... skinny rope gummy plug.. goober it, and install it.. done...

I like that idea! I have a smaller insert tool (easy boys) that I could use with those.Thanks
Wayne
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: fartymarty on February 16, 2019, 09:56:30 am
in defense of the "kit" you note, without glue, reamer/rasp/insert er... those are just PLUGS... they sell them seperatly... because people that use them, just want plug's and glue... they have the tools.. why add on another $5 when plugs just cost $2.50.. duh.

I was referring to the kits with the either the T handle insert tool or the screwdriver handle insert tool and ropes (without glue and without rasp) not simply a sticky rope "refill" just plugs package. OH  nevermind...I'm sorry I brought it up. Duh..
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on February 16, 2019, 03:48:37 pm
I was referring to the kits with the either the T handle insert tool or the screwdriver handle insert tool and ropes (without glue and without rasp) not simply a sticky rope "refill" just plugs package. OH  nevermind...I'm sorry I brought it up. Duh..

I apologize Marty, I didn't mean you had Velcro shoes....
and I have seen the kit you mention, but commonly I see the full kits, extra spares of glue, and plugs, and other stuff all "racked together"...

The person I directed to about velcro shoes (because he actually WAS wearing some) was the father of an office girl, where I worked, the girl seemed to be in distress in the parking lot, so I rode over on my bike as I was leaving, and asked if she needed "help"... she hit a broken pallet on the road, and punctured both tires on the passenger side of her new Mustang..
Just then, dad showed up, pulled out a "home made Air Tank" (20# old propane bottle), and a plug kit... (full kit like mine) proceded to jamb dry plug in a tire, then emptied the tank trying to fill the tire (nowhere near enough air in tank to start...)  then poured some water over the plug, and it was bubblin' out air...

he had the glue sitting right there... he insisted "you don't have to use the glue... I never do".. then he stomped on the glue tube in defiance... in his velcro sneakers... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :nuts: :nuts: :doh:

I opened my side bag, pulled out my pump and handed the girl the plug for the lighter, and while she was doing that, prepped a plug, and inserted it with glue... and did the front tire also... in like 5 minutes flat... dad walked around picking up gravel on his freshly glued shoe...
She was very happy, and wanted to pay me.. I just handed her the "backing card" from the "kit" and told her to stop at the Autozone, pick up a kit just like that, and put it in her trunk, and pick up the "spare plug/glue" refill kit for me...

Next day, she brought over the "kit" I asked for, and 2 dozen KrispyKreem donuts... wooo hooo..... :P :P :P :P
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: tjhess74 on February 27, 2019, 08:35:54 pm
I don't use the glue on my sticky ropes. I think I tried once and there were issues with it staying in place when I aired up the tire. It's been a while, so I don't remember exactly the issue. Regardless, it takes some pressure to get them in place, but I am a dry inserter!

I'm proud to be the seemingly current record holder with the number of plugs in one tire! I'll wait by the mailbox for my prize ;D

As for the difference in color of sticky rope, I've never even looked. I have used black, brown, and red. They all seem the same to me. Now I'm curious...
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: SmokinRZ on March 02, 2019, 07:37:48 pm
Got a nail some where in California in my rear tire and the bike shops and tire stores in Sacramento wouldn't patch it.  Went to a used tire store and 5 minutes and $5 later it had rope plug in and aired up.  Rode back to Texas the next two days worried about having issues.  When I got back home I replaced the tire and tried to pull the plug out with pliers from the inside and couldn't do it, plug wasn't going anywhere.  I have no issues with rope plugs.           
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: KretonsLC on March 19, 2019, 12:41:04 pm
I'm going to be 'that guy'...I'm almost 45 and have been plugging tires since I was a teenager. Not once have I ever had a plug fail or had a tire issue related to a plug install.  I have also had nail/screws in close proximity to the sidewall, but as has been said, if it's in the tread, go for it. Just like anything else in life, with plugs, you need to use common sense and prep/install properly. My last PR4GT rear had nearly 15k miles on it and 5 plugs. Yep, 5. Two of which were there since the first month it was installed. A job I just recently left was in close proximity to a recycle scrap yard. It was very common to see people pulled over with flat tires within a mile or so of that place.

Glad to hear.  I recently plugged my rear PR4GT which has maybe 4k miles left, so now I have the confidence to just keep it until it's worn out.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: STC14JIM on March 30, 2019, 08:07:20 am
I'm going to be 'that guy'...I'm almost 45 and have been plugging tires since I was a teenager. Not once hav.  e I ever had a plug fail or had a tire issue related to a plug install.  I have also had nail/screws in close proximity to the sidewall, but as has been said, if it's in the tread, go for it. Just like anything else in life, with plugs, you need to use common sense and prep/install properly. My last PR4GT rear had nearly 15k miles on it and 5 plugs. Yep, 5. Two of which were there since the first month it was installed. A job I just recently left was in close proximity to a recycle scrap yard. It was very common to see people pulled over with flat tires within a mile or so of that place.

Please tell us your technique for plugging tires - solid plug, gummy worms, how much do you ream the hole, how much glue, etc , etc.


OK, So I went on line and watched some YouTube videos on tire plugging.   Some used glue and some didn't, BTW.  I think I will use glue - why not ?  Also watched one where the plug/patch was inserted from inside.   That looks like the best way for a "permanent" repair, although some guy by the name of Arie said he plugged a tire with a worm and then rode across the country without a problem.  And others said their worm plugs lasted until the tire wore out and was replaced.   I think I'll check the glue in my patch kits in both my bikes, soon.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: maxtog on April 01, 2019, 03:25:40 pm
OK, So I went on line and watched some YouTube videos on tire plugging.   Some used glue and some didn't, BTW.  I think I will use glue - why not ?

If I were, I would, too

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Also watched one where the plug/patch was inserted from inside.   That looks like the best way for a "permanent" repair

That is a patch, not a plug.  And, applied correctly, it is, indeed, permanent and the "best" way.  Of course, it is a LOT more work- it requires removing the wheel, then the tire, cleaning it, roughing it, glue and patch, then remounting tire, rebalancing the wheel, and remounting the wheel.  Whew.

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, although some guy by the name of Arie said he plugged a tire with a worm and then rode across the country without a problem.  And others said their worm plugs lasted until the tire wore out and was replaced.

Many people have posted that a properly applied and glued plug will last the life of the tire.  I don't doubt it, although it is still not as certain as a patch.

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I think I'll check the glue in my patch [plug?] kits in both my bikes, soon.

My many, many-year-old, never-used/opened plug kit has glue that might be solid as a rock :)  I think I pressed on it several months ago and it was squishy.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: Michelle on April 01, 2019, 04:57:27 pm
I rode a plugged rear tyre halfway round Australia, and at speeds of over 200 kilometres an hour. It was only a few weeks old when it was plugged, but it lasted the full life of the tyre. If the worm is applied properly (we use glue) it should never give any trouble.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: gPink on April 01, 2019, 06:14:54 pm
Welcome to the forum, Michelle. What are you riding?
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 02, 2019, 05:34:37 am
I'm guessing of course, but I suspect a motorcycle.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: Michelle on April 02, 2019, 07:09:14 am
I'm guessing of course, but I suspect a motorcycle.
Not just any motorcycle. A Neutron Silver one.

Welcome to the forum, Michelle. What are you riding?
Thanks Gary. Its in my sig.  ;D
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 02, 2019, 07:27:03 am
Of course, it is the fastest colour.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: STC14JIM on April 02, 2019, 01:45:02 pm
Old glue is still good, and I bought some quality worm plugs and a small tube of glue in a kit, just for S&G's.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: gPink on April 02, 2019, 04:16:59 pm
I'm guessing of course, but I suspect a motorcycle.
:battle:

Not just any motorcycle. A Neutron Silver one.
Thanks Gary. Its in my sig.  ;D
:doh:
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 02, 2019, 04:47:58 pm
LOL
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Post by: jimmymac on April 04, 2019, 03:50:12 am
Is Michelle a chick or a dewd? I'll assume a dude, the way they pimpslapped Pinkerbell. 8)
I never use the glue, but always carry plugs and a pump. I've seen plugs leak, but I was in the auto tire industry for a couple of years. 8)
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: Michelle on April 04, 2019, 04:44:52 am
Is Michelle a chick or a dewd? I'll assume a dude, the way they pimpslapped Pinkerbell. 8)

I just gotta say, the only dudes I ever met called Michelle, are French. And they spell it differently.  ;)
You should never assume ...



The only time I've ever had a plug leak was when it was more of a cut than a simple puncture.
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: jimmymac on April 04, 2019, 06:07:09 am
I dig Chicks that ride. I think all guys do  8)
Title: Re: Screw near the side of my 3 week old tire... possible to plug?
Post by: tjhess74 on April 10, 2019, 08:48:21 pm
As requested, my plugging 'technique'...
I get my rope set in the t-handle. I then get the reaming t-handle (the one with the sharp pointy end) in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other. I pull said offensive item out of the tire and immediately insert the reamer to prevent losing too much air. I'll ream the hole by going in and out and also rotating simultaneously a few times. When that is finished, I'll remove the reamer and immediately start inserting the plug t-handle. It usually takes some gumption to get it in there. I'll insert until about an inch, inch and a half of rope end is sticking out, then I'll remove the handle. Lastly, I'll use a razor blade to cut the rope ends off about an 1/8-1/4 of an inch above the tread. Then I ride as if nothing happened.

Michelle, welcome! I've been to Australia and absolutely loved every minute of it!