Here is an example of the collars I made.
|First I wrapped strapping tape over the end of
the tube. This helps block water from getting into the tip.
A leather disk is required. It can be a small disk over the end of the tube or a large disk covering the collar and the tube. If you go for the small disk, then apply it now over the strapping tape. I now use the larger leather disk as I think it makes the tip last longer.
Then wrap some 3/4" strapping tape around the tube 1" down from the end of the tube. This forms a stop to keep the collar from sliding down with use. I've been increasing the diameter to about 1 1/2" which seems to be enough.
|Wrap hockey tape completely around the end. This
helps to keep the collar in place.
|Now slide on the stiff foam collar. This is a
very snug fit and takes a little coaxing to get it on.
Note that the collar will extend a little past the end of the tube by about 3/8". I figure this provides a little extra cushioning to help keep the tube from projecting into the foam tip and degrading it. At least that's the theory anyways.
|Now is the time to apply the large leather disk
if you go with that option. Then completely tape over the collar and
then down over the tube with strapping tape. Then VERY tightly wrap
around the tube just under the collar. The collar is now locked into
|Add the foam tip and tape over it lengthwise
with strapping tape, extending it down over the tube. Completely cover
the tip. Wrap it tighly around the tube just under the collar.
|Now wrap strapping tape around the circumference
of the foam. I've been doing this with 2 layers to fully support the