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nathandumoulin
05-24-2009, 09:41 AM
Although my Mezz case has a slick little pocket for the butt end of my jump cue, I somehow managed to accidentally put it in one of the standard shaft slots. Now its lodged firmly somewhere down the slot ...to the point where I can barely even see the end of it.

Any ideas on how to get it out? Preferably some method that won't scratch my cues, as they're worth more than anything else I own (including my car...lol)

nathandumoulin
05-24-2009, 09:42 AM
Oh, and the idea of putting a small hole in the bottom of the case and using something thin to push the cue up and out won't work. My case has a VERY strong bottom, and nothing short of an actual drill will make a hole in it.

Bigtruck
05-24-2009, 09:45 AM
Maybe if you post some pictures.

Which end is up? the joint end or butt end?

Ray

nathandumoulin
05-24-2009, 09:56 AM
Maybe if you post some pictures.

Which end is up? the joint end or butt end?

Ray

I just tried to take a picture, but it wont work. The butt is so far down the slot that you can only see it with a flashlight. I cant shine a light down the hole AND take a picture at the same time, as the camera ends up blocking the angle (or vice versa). Its that narrow.

Anyway, the butt end is facing up. All you can see is the butt cap. Its lodged in there pretty good and shaking my case furiously has only made things worse. :mad:

scottyr44
05-24-2009, 10:02 AM
take everything out and bang it gently on the ground until it slides up to the top then bang the end of it against a counter so the hole which the butt is stuck in is hanging over the edge and it should slide out

Bigtruck
05-24-2009, 10:02 AM
I just tried to take a picture, but it wont work. The butt is so far down the slot that you can only see it with a flashlight. I cant shine a light down the hole AND take a picture at the same time, as the camera ends up blocking the angle (or vice versa). Its that narrow.

Anyway, the butt end is facing up. All you can see is the butt cap. Its lodged in there pretty good and shaking my case furiously has only made things worse. :mad:

Just take a picture of the case, the openings and see if you find a picture of a like jump cue.

Ray

Johnnyt
05-24-2009, 10:05 AM
I just tried to take a picture, but it wont work. The butt is so far down the slot that you can only see it with a flashlight. I cant shine a light down the hole AND take a picture at the same time, as the camera ends up blocking the angle (or vice versa). Its that narrow.

Anyway, the butt end is facing up. All you can see is the butt cap. Its lodged in there pretty good and shaking my case furiously has only made things worse. :mad:

Long screwdriver...take scew out of butt cap....go get a threaded rod that size threads...screw rod in butt of cue...pull out cue...maybe. Johnnyt

Bigtruck
05-24-2009, 10:11 AM
We need pictures of what we are working with.

Ray

sde
05-24-2009, 10:11 AM
Try making it cold. Most materials contract when cold, right. This slight contraction may be just enough to allow it to slide out.

A walkin beer cooler a your local store might just do the trick.

Steve

junkbond
05-24-2009, 10:13 AM
I would first try scottyr44's bumping suggestion. If that doesn't work, try compressed air. Hold the case upside down and gently apply the air, holding your hand around the nozzle to seal it to the case/tube. The idea is that the air will reduce the friction between the butt and the case, allowing the butt to drop out. (Old mechanics seem to prefer a compressed air solution to everything.)

fish on
05-24-2009, 10:13 AM
Long screwdriver...take scew out of butt cap....go get a threaded rod that size threads...screw rod in butt of cue...pull out cue...maybe. Johnnyt
great idea maybe?
if no screw just rubber cap try installing a screw then needle nose pliers or put tywire around screw prior to screwing into butt be careful last resort!
also try silicon spray ?
lol:sorry:

Johnnyt
05-24-2009, 10:18 AM
great idea maybe?
if no screw just rubber cap try installing a screw then needle nose pliers or put tywire around screw prior to screwing into butt be careful last resort!
also try silicon spray ?
lol:sorry:

That was my job in a past life...breaking into, er I mean getting into things. I was pretty good at it. Even went to locksmith school. Johnnyt

nathandumoulin
05-24-2009, 10:19 AM
take everything out and bang it gently on the ground until it slides up to the top then bang the end of it against a counter so the hole which the butt is stuck in is hanging over the edge and it should slide out

I had tried this before with no luck. However after you suggested it, I decided to give it another go.....this time with a slight variation. I just threw a pillow on the floor to cushion the impact, and then banged the crap out of it until it worked.

Thanks a lot for your help everyone. Problem solved.

No I won't have to borrow my opponents jump cue during money sets. lol

mongoose-
05-24-2009, 10:33 AM
If there is rubber on the end of the butcap you might try using a fish hook to catch it and pull it up. I had success with that on an old Porper case that a butt got lodged in. Or maybe a metal coat hanger and slide it beside the the butt and try to catch the end and pull it up. Good luck. That sux.

TX Poolnut
05-24-2009, 10:45 AM
Glad you got it out. This was an interesting thread. learned a few ways to get a stuck stick out. :)

LA toolman
05-24-2009, 11:24 AM
do what scotty r44 said to do,I think that will work but may take awhile.

LA toolman
05-24-2009, 11:31 AM
If the whole is an air tight pvc pipe,you can try try heating the air inside
(maybe a blow dryer) and seal the hole tight. once the air cools it should suck the cue out. make sur the seal is air tight, and case is positioned to
so graviy will also help free it....MAYBE!!1 Weird but I seriously think it will work.I don't think it will hurt your cue.seal it with something ard that won't give.


Let us know how you get it out.

Peter_B
05-24-2009, 11:45 AM
Well, it just goes to show, sometimes banging gently ins't enough to get the job done :wink:

scottyr44
05-24-2009, 07:09 PM
Glad you got it out, usually if it is loose enough to work its way down from gravity or just putting your case down it should come out by doing the same in the opposite direction.

alstl
05-24-2009, 07:54 PM
This is God's punishment for owning an evil jump cue. Better get rid of it before something really bad happens.

rackem
05-24-2009, 08:43 PM
This is God's punishment for owning an evil jump cue. Better get rid of it before something really bad happens.
Yup, he had to learn to kick at it anyway!
Just to get the jump cue out of the case.:D

junkbond
05-24-2009, 09:44 PM
Personally, I actually like junkbond's idea of the compressed air, with the exception that I would have shot the air ACROSS the tube, thereby creating a vacuum via Bernoulli's principal
Nah. That wouldn't work. Bernoulli only played 3-cushion - he didn't know squat about break cues.;)

nathandumoulin
05-25-2009, 12:25 AM
Thanks again for the help everyone. :D

whitewolf
05-25-2009, 06:18 AM
Although my Mezz case has a slick little pocket for the butt end of my jump cue, I somehow managed to accidentally put it in one of the standard shaft slots. Now its lodged firmly somewhere down the slot ...to the point where I can barely even see the end of it.

Any ideas on how to get it out? Preferably some method that won't scratch my cues, as they're worth more than anything else I own (including my car...lol)

I have a tool that I purchased at an automoblie parts store. It is about a foot long and is used for picking up bolts that fall down into the engine. You push from the top and three little sharp talons expand outward. Then, when you release the top 'button', the talons close back in. They are sharp enough where they might grab the rubber.

If you get really desparate, I would use super glue. Then you could remove the cap and replace it once you get the butt out.

Good luck. Jeeze, I just had a nightmare of doing this abscent mindedly myself.:eek:

ARROWCRUSHER
05-25-2009, 06:50 AM
LOL, THATS WHAT I HAD TO DO ONCE , I LEFT MY CASE LAY DOWN UNDER MY POOL TABLE A FEW YEARS AGO AND MY SON PUT MATCHBOX CARS AND LITTLE POOL BALLS FROM A KIDS POOL GAME INTO MY TUBES OF THE CASE SO I HAD TO GET A WOODEN DOWEL PUT SUPER GLUE JEL ON IT HOLD IT DOWN THE TUBES TILL IT SET THEN PULL THEM OUT ! LOL 3 MATCHBOXES AND 4 LITTLE POOL BALLS LATER I COULD USE MY CASE AGAIN , TOOK ALITTLE WHILE , BUT SOMEHOW IN MY WIFES EYES IT WAS MY FAULT CAUSE IF I WOULD BUT MY CUES AWAY INSTEAD OF LEAVING THEM ON THE TABLE, AND MY CASE UNDER SO HE COULD DO IT !!GUESS SHE DOES MAKE SOME GOOD POINTS ! LOL :thumbup: