Friday, May 16, 2008

Cleaning Your Twisting Belt

Legendary diving coach and inventor of overhead spotting DICK KIMBALL, shares his tips for keeping your twisting belt spinning freely and easily.

  1. Make sure the metal ring of your twisting belt is not bent, dented or otherwise damaged.

  2. Place some cardboard or newspaper on the ground and set your twisting belt on top of it.

  3. Spray some "brake parts cleaner" (available at all auto parts stores) into the ring and onto the ball bearings all the way around. (Be sure to use the thin "straw" to direct the spray into the ring).

  4. Let it sit for a few minutes. The brake parts cleaner will cause all the gunk, junk, dirt and grime that is on your ball-bearings and inside your ring to drop through the bottom of the ring and onto the cardboard or newspaper.

  5. Once it dries, put some graphite powder into the ring and onto the ball-bearings.

  6. Hold the twisting belt with one hand and use your other hand to move the outside ring back and forth to work in the graphite.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 and then "free-spin" the belt a couple of times.

  8. Kimball says he does this about once every two weeks and his twisting belt (which he claims is older than he is!!) will spin around about 20-25 times with one pull.


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