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Premier 554

Dec 24, 2004, 8:52 PM
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I just acquired a fancy new 5 pound packing weight. It was nice enough to fall on my toe after I pulled a reserve out of the freebag. I'm glad it wasn't over the owners head at 120mph when it came out. Count your tools folksSmile


dropzonefool

Dec 24, 2004, 9:17 PM
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Damn!Shocked


teason  (D 18902)

Dec 24, 2004, 9:27 PM
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Let me know if you find that pesky molar strap. I've using my ... um ... hey where's my belt!


airtwardo  (D License)

Dec 24, 2004, 9:30 PM
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Now THAT'S scary!Unsure


JumpShipGypsy  (A License)

Dec 25, 2004, 12:19 AM
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About half the riggers i know have told a story like that.


diablopilot  (D License)

Dec 25, 2004, 12:29 AM
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I just acquired a fancy new 5 pound packing weight. It was nice enough to fall on my toe after I pulled a reserve out of the freebag. I'm glad it wasn't over the owners head at 120mph when it came out. Count your tools folks

5lbs? Shit, I'm pretty sure I'd notice the difference in how heavy my rig felt!Tongue


payback462

Dec 25, 2004, 12:50 AM
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5lbs? Shit, I'm pretty sure I'd notice the difference in how heavy my rig felt!

plus the extra few inches youd have to lengthen the loop!Crazy


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mjosparky  (D 5476)

Dec 25, 2004, 3:49 AM
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And I just popped a reserve and found the winning loto ticket.TongueCrazy


airtwardo  (D License)

Dec 25, 2004, 7:49 AM
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And I just popped a reserve and found the winning loto ticket.

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And.....

When ya pop mine...

all you find is DUST! Tongue


Hooknswoop  (D License)

Dec 25, 2004, 9:29 AM
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Count your tools folks

Unbelielvable that a rigger left their packing weight in a reserve. My packing weights are either used during closing (so if I don't have it, I have to find it before I can close the container), or too big to get closed into a container. Big tools and long flags go a long ways to prevent packing a tool into a container.

I've seen riggers that sew some velco to their Cypres temp pins and use them as line protectors. Hard to pack them into the container.

What are some other good tips for preventing packing tools into rigs?

Derek


payback462

Dec 25, 2004, 10:39 AM
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What are some other good tips for preventing packing tools into rigs?

i use my cypress temp pin to tie the risers together at the temp pin, i need it to close the container so i have to take it off the risers to close it.

i also use clamps TongueBlush (not exactly something you could really leave on there and get it in the freebag anyways but) after the canopy is in the bag i make a spaceship shape with them so that i know i have all five.

i also line up my tools next to me the same exact way every time after im done closing a rig.

once i lay out the tools i need to pack a rig, my kit stays shut until im done, if i find out i need a different tool i write it down on my sheet and cross it off once its back in my bag.

yeah yeah, it takes FOREVER (if you think thats bad you should watch me flake emCrazy)
but it works for me.Tongue


FrogNog  (C 34484)

Dec 25, 2004, 12:31 PM
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5lbs? Shit, I'm pretty sure I'd notice the difference in how heavy my rig felt!Tongue

That makes for a good rigging sanity check: weigh the rig before and after.

If the rig got 5 pounds heavier because of your pack job, maybe something isn't right. ;)


tdog  (D 28800)

Dec 25, 2004, 1:39 PM
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That makes for a good rigging sanity check: weigh the rig before and after.

Or do it like they do heart surgery... A tray of tools that not only has a place for everything, but is well counted before and after... My best friend is a heart mechanic and he hates when I joke about leaving tools under the hood.


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Dec 25, 2004, 2:03 PM
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i also use clamps (not exactly something you could really leave on there and get it in the freebag anyways but) after the canopy is in the bag i make a spaceship shape with them so that i know i have all five.

A few years ago a Navy test jumper from China lake went in with a clamp on her reserve, it can happen. A 5 pound weight, well maybe, but that would be tough.

I, like many other riggers, use a check sheet. It lists everything to be checked during a repack, and all tool are listed out and back in. Plus my riggers box is set up as a shadow box. Drawers are lined with thin red foam with a thicker piece of black foam over that. There is a cutout for each tool and if one is missing the red jumps out.

I only pack when I am alone, no distractions. I don't answer the phone or the door.

Sparky


ChileRelleno  (D 24868)

Dec 25, 2004, 10:21 PM
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Whoever packed that reserve last needs to woken up rather rudely.
Send'em their weight back, better yet smack'em upside the head with it...
I bet they won't forget it after that!

Thats scary stuffShocked!

Mistakes happen but... someones life is on the line...


nitrochute  (D License)

Dec 26, 2004, 7:32 AM
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i once opened a reserve and found an ounce of pot in it!(years and years ago)COUNT YOUR TOOLS!!.


kallend  (D 23151)

Dec 26, 2004, 7:38 AM
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i once opened a reserve and found an ounce of pot in it!(years and years ago)!.

Gives a whole new meaning to "opening high"


airtwardo  (D License)

Dec 26, 2004, 8:47 AM
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i once opened a reserve and found an ounce of pot in it!(years and years ago)COUNT YOUR TOOLS!!.

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I always WONDERED what happen to that...Wink




.....Back in the days before the dogs,
that was a LOT more common than you might
think!Wink


I helped a guy walk the DZ once looking for
'something' he'd put in his bellyband pilotchute
.....and had forgotten about! Sly


killler  (D License)

Dec 26, 2004, 10:48 AM
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I just acquired a fancy new 5 pound packing weight. It was nice enough to fall on my toe after I pulled a reserve out of the freebag. I'm glad it wasn't over the owners head at 120mph when it came out. Count your tools folksSmile

At the very lest you should call/write to the rigger who's seal was on the rig.... No one was hurt (just your toe) and the rigger needs a heads up on what he did.... Crazy Packing a reserve when your tired or in a hurry is a No No... The check list is your friend.... Most aircraft crashes would not happen if the pilot had used a check list....

Killer....


Premier 554

Dec 26, 2004, 2:09 PM
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Yea, I did. I e-mailed him.


payback462

Dec 26, 2004, 2:35 PM
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I, like many other riggers, use a check sheet. It lists everything to be checked during a repack, and all tool are listed out and back in. Plus my riggers box is set up as a shadow box. Drawers are lined with thin red foam with a thicker piece of black foam over that. There is a cutout for each tool and if one is missing the red jumps out.


i use a checklist as well, but i like the box idea, I think im gonna use my few days off to find something like that for myself.
sweet idea!Smile


Premier PhreeZone  (D License)
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Dec 26, 2004, 3:24 PM
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I've seen someone that tied a 2-3 foot piece of rope between packing weights, I was shown the velcro on the cypres pin by Spy38w. I don't think my tool box is large enough to lay things out so I need to go make a good check list I guess.


masterrig  (D License)

Dec 28, 2004, 1:04 PM
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Holy crap! A 5-lb. weight, packed into a container... the rigger couldn't notice the difference in weight, before and after? I keep all my tools in a brief-case type carrier that I made while working on my Master's. The same bag is available through Para-gear. Each tool has it's own place. I have other tools that hang from a peg-board in my shop and each tool is 'assigned' it's own hook. Each tool (weights also), is 'flagged' with a neon-pink, length of Type 3. I also, use a check-list. Being rather 'obsessive-compulsive', hasn't hurt.

Chuck


stratostar  (Student)

Dec 28, 2004, 1:45 PM
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Did they ask for the weight back?Crazy
If so send it back airmail, you good at spoting?Tongue
Did you ask for your money back?LOL
Did you get a reply, if so how was their demeanor towards you?


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Pablito  (D 24827)

Dec 30, 2004, 4:21 AM
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a great tip is to use a few tools, but necessary ones, count them before and after a repack, do a repack at a time, create a log for your tools, pay attention.
Cielos Azules
Pablito



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