rocket preparation advice

Discussion in 'Anthonys Thought of the Day' started by Anthony, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Anthony

    Anthony Galactic Firework Addict

    Its a very good idea to prepare rockets in advance of a display and here's why;
    (a) saves fumbling around in the dark opening rocket packs in a hurry accidentally damaging the heads and/or sticks,
    (b) and, you can just load and fire immediately without delays unless you pre-load racks and tubes in advance(thats even better as you can just tickle the tip of the fuse with a rothy/portfire)


    When preparing the rockets in advance always GENTLY loosen the plastic fuse covers if tight then replace;some brands of rockets can have the plastic fuse covers glued on megatight at the factory and sometimes these can be extremely hard to remove(and if you use too much force the fuse and/or cover could easily become damaged and/or the fuse could pull out of the rocket motor). ;)
  2. PyroJack

    PyroJack Galactic Firework Enthusiast

    I agree if your reloading place all your rockets in one box or make them easy to get to, as it's better than having them all in separate packaging & rushing around trying to get them loaded into the rack or single tube! Also by preparing your rockets early (If not a designed display) you can then choose what rockets to fire first all the way through to what rockets to fire last. I slightly disagree on the fuse cover though, I understand to loosen them up before firing as sometimes they can be tight but I would not of thought it would pull out the fuse from the rocket motor/lift as the the the protective fuse cover is not connected to the fuse in anyway its connected to the rocket itself! :)
  3. Anthony

    Anthony Galactic Firework Addict

    Occasionally the fuse on some rockets can protrude to the bottom of the fuse cover cone;most other rockets have a fuse that doesnt reach the bottom of rocket fuse cover cone OR where it is, is sometimes folded half way with the fuse end facing the rocket motor for straightening before ignition. Where the fuse goes right down to the bottom of the rocket fuse cover and the fusecover is tight then it is sensible to gently loosen the plastic fuse cover at the bottom of the rocket to avoid fuse damage. ;)
  4. Spyro

    Spyro Galactic Firework Enthusiast

    Any preparation you can do in daylight will make things easier when it comes to lighting.

    However I have never known a fuse be pulled out when removing a fuse cover, the two are not connected in anyway?
  5. Anthony

    Anthony Galactic Firework Addict

    I have accidentally pulled a fuse out of a small cat3 25m astra selection box rocket two years ago trying to get a fuse cover off (it that was tightly glued on);must have been plain unlucky!;)
  6. BrocadeKnight

    BrocadeKnight Galactic Firework Addict

    Further to my rocket fusing video in Video Reel, and rack pictures elsewhere, here's one nugget of an idea I've used three times at the tail-end of 2012...

    Large sandwich/freezer food bags over rocket heads during preparation.
    *To be removed immediately before firing... obviously*

    Just one more thing to faff with really, but why not try to do every last thing possible to ensure everything fires correctly? Or to protect your investment should you have to abandon firing due to sudden rain, wind or frost.

    I mention frost because on 1st Dec I found my parcel-tape-wrapped cakes resembled ice blocks from an igloo within 45mins of setting them out, and that was early afternoon! The rockets were fused, racked, bagged and sitting in the garage until the last possible moment, when all I have to do is drop each rack over a central stake and plug a few wires into systems. But the 'last moment' reality is still half an hour where the rockets would be exposed. I do find rockets a lot of effort!!

    The picture uses a cardboard tube, as I didn't have a rocket to hand. Not a firework one anyway... I'm sure you wouldn't have wanted to see... Regardless of how fresh the bag was keeping it... LOL

    The standard large food bags tend to be just big enough when the head is pushed into one corner and the 'zip' pulls the bag closed diagonally.

    I suppose the one potential concern is static (if using eletric igniters), but I had a bit of a feel inside and out (not very scientific I know, but I'm a hairy bugger and can feel it if it's there), but also there was plenty of rocket head plastic and parpel tape betwixt, so I suspect esufficiently insulated.

    And as a final bit of fun, my sister's ex, whose parents' house I spend New Year at, blowing up, had carelessly gone to Sri Lanka for NYE with his new wife, leaving his pride and joy Porsche right next to my rockets! OR was it the other way around?? LOL. I'm still meaning to send him the picture to make him soil himself!!!
  7. PyroBoris

    PyroBoris Galactic Firework Addict

    Maybe I have a filthy mind...but the first picture looks seriously dodgy!

    +1 for the static testing technique, it falls into the category of licking your fingers and lightly touching an exposed wire to see if it's live. Both are methods I fairly regularly employ!

    On a more pyro related note, I noticed that cheap masking tape is doesn't like being stuck to foil wrap for extended periods of time (ie overnight). I think some very light condensation must have formed on it.

    Next time I will be mostly using Duct tape.
  8. BrocadeKnight

    BrocadeKnight Galactic Firework Addict

    Jesse, LOL

    I prefer the very similar looking character who starts up with...

    "You bin down that road theyre? That's no guarantee!!!! You wanna watch where yum steppin round ere boy! You might get stuck down hole!!! Where would you be... stuck down hole, in the middle of the night, by a tree (lovely old tree), in the fog, WITH AN OWL!!!!!!!" etc. Still as fresh in my mind 15(?) years on as the first day I saw it!

    ...What about slitherin things? It could mean death! What about badgers with mighty wingspan?!?!?!?!
  9. The Judge

    The Judge Galactic Firework Addict

    I'm waiting for Sir Anthony :sparkler:'s insight on how to reconcile Israel and Iran!
  10. BrocadeKnight

    BrocadeKnight Galactic Firework Addict

    Fountians. They'll calm everyone down.
  11. The Judge

    The Judge Galactic Firework Addict

    Oh yeah, that'll work ....

    Reuters: 12:05 GMT - Israel has launched a pre emptive nuclear strike on Tehran destroying the city with estimated death toll of over 2 million. A spokesperson for the Israeli government explained that reliable intelligence revealed that the Tehran government was about to launch its own attack after secret tests of a new weapon system ahead of an intended 'air bombs' and rockets attack. The Iranian ambassador to the UK has protested that the Iranians were merely preparing a celebratory firework display as a peace gesture after reading of the proposal on a UK based website in a section entitled "Sir Anthony :sparkler:'s thought of the day". It is now believed that Sir Anthony :sparkler: is a Mossad agent and he is being sought by Iranian death squads for questioning and beheading. ENDS

    Hmm, on second thoughts ......
  12. PyroBoris

    PyroBoris Galactic Firework Addict

    Careful J!

    Fars will probably treat this is a real news!

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